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AYAHUASCA SAFETY

Your safety is our top priority.

Ayahuasca is very safe when used properly. The primary risk involved in participating in ayahuasca ceremonies is contraindications with prescription medications and other drugs. Ayahuasca contains Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) and can therefore have negative interactions with certain medications or herbal supplements.

To ensure the safety of all our participants, we complete a thorough medical screening with every guest.  Additionally, Matthew and Jeanae are both CPR-certified and we have an on-site AED.

When considering the eligibility of participants for our retreats, we always air on the side of caution. 

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CONTRAINDICATIONS

Physical

Those suffering from high blood pressure, cardiac disease, or liver failure should not consume ayahuasca. Ayahuasca is known to elevate blood pressure levels so those who already suffer from high blood pressure or cardiac conditions are at high risk for complications. Ayahuasca is processed through the liver so if an individual is in the advanced stages of liver disease, the added stress could be potentially dangerous.

Psychological

Overall, ayahuasca is considered to have positive psychological effects on its users. However, some psychological conditions such as schizophrenia or psychosis could be worsened with ayahuasca use. Anyone suffering from these conditions should not participate in ayahuasca therapy. Special caution should be used with those who suffer from suicidal ideations, dis-associative episodes, or bipolar disorder.

DRUGS/MEDICATIONS TO AVOID

NOTE: NEVER STOP ANY MEDICATION WITHOUT FIRST CONSULTING WITH YOUR DOCTOR.

Medications that are very dangerous and potentially fatal to combine with ayahuasca:

  • All antidepressants  (SSRIs, SSNIs, NASSAs, TCAs, SARIs)

  • Other MAOIs

Illegal/Recreational Drugs that are very dangerous  to combine with ayahuasca:

 

  • Cocaine

  • Amphetamines

  • Dextromethorphan (DXM)

  • Mescaline (any phenethylamine)

  • Barbiturates

  • Kratom

  • Kava

  • 5 MEO-DMT

For a complete comprehensive list of medications to avoid and more information on Ayahuasca Safety please click here.

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