By now you’ve almost certainly heard of Ayahuasca, a shamanistic medicinal tea which originates in the Amazon Basin.
Commonly misconceived as a simple psychedelic “drug” due to the active ingredient N,N-Dimethyltryptamine (DMT), Ayahuasca is certainly psychedelic, but has very real medicinal benefits for users.Until recently this was a topic I was only mildly interested in. While I’ve experienced trauma in my life and have coped with it in different ways, it hadn’t occurred to me to try Ayahuasca—until my friend did. He comes from a background that caused him serious trauma, and lives with PTSD. When he decided to undertake the Ayahuasca experience this spring in Peru, I was walking on eggshells, waiting to hear how it went for him.