Italian national woman called Pamela Moronci attends the Ayahuasca gathering in Nuevo Egipto, a remote village in the Peruvian Amazon. Every year, thousands of tourists visit jungle retreats in Peru, Colombia, and Ecuador to try the original source, an elixir of native plants that cures several mental illnesses and helps them on their spiritual journey. This only strengthens the popularity of ayahuasca tour that are available throughout the country. When brewed, the forest vines and leaves that make up the ayahuasca have a strange power that is often called mystical.
Ayahuasca is a psychedelic compound – similar to the mushrooms LSD and psilocybin but with different effects – that has been around for thousands of years by herbalists and communities in and around the Amazon rainforest. Some use the substance in healing ceremonies to help people cope with body and mind discomfort. Other ceremonies are meant to help communicate with ancestors and other spirits.
However, people are fascinated by the experience, which is often described as life-changing. In recent years, the passion for Ayahuasca and its implications has spread from its indigenous roots of substance and experimentation with inquisitive backpackers to the engineering communities of Silicon Valley and Brooklyn. “It’s exhausting how much can be done in a night or two,” Tim Ferriss, author of “The 4-Hour Workweek,” told The New Yorker in 2016 for a feature about the exploding popularity of Psychedelic Jungle in Silicon Valley and Brooklyn, New York. York.
Ferriss said the substance was terrifying and he felt as though he had been “torn and killed a thousand times per second for two hours”. He had also erased the anger he had held onto for decades. At the same time, the resurgence of scientific interest in psychedelics such as LSD and psilocybin – and ayahuasca – is leading to a growing understanding of what exactly these substances do to the body and especially the brain. We knew that until now.