Ayahuasca is actually a plant that has a high hallucinatory effect and can create a near-death experience or Near Death Experience (NDE) if consumed. For centuries, Indian tribes in the Amazon often use this herb to perform rituals and religious ceremonies. Therefore, the effect of ayahuasca peru is often associated with the unseen world.
In fact, although most people think that Ayahuasca is a single plant, in fact, it is a combination of two plants, namely the leaves of Psychotria viridis and Banisteriopsis caapi vines. And the most common processing of this plant by Indian tribes is boiled leaves and stems.
In the traditions of the Amazon’s most isolated communities, they always hold the sacred ceremony of drinking the Ayahuasca potion or Yage potion. If the stems and leaves are boiled or soaked in water then mixed with other natural ingredients it will produce hallucinogenic substances.
After drinking Yage, people usually feel various symptoms, and most of those symptoms are not pleasant at all. Headache, nausea, vomit, diarrhea, etc. Strangely, after drinking it they will also feel as if they migrated to another unlimited world.
It’s because of this effect, many people study this plant. One of them is Harvard Ethnobotany, Wade Davis who has lived in the Amazon for more than a year, at the request of Professor Richard Evans Schultes, a pioneer and expert in psychopharmacology (the study of hallucinogens).
Meanwhile, for the Tukanoans, they use Yage to communicate with their ancestors and explore the sky. In Davis’s note to Richard Evans Schultes about the Kofan tribe, “Ayahuasca is the source of all knowledge for the whole community. Drinking the yage herb means studying.”
Most hallucinogens produce different kinds of hallucinations from each person, but this does not happen if you consume Yage. Yage gives the same hallucinatory picture, tiger or large snake.
Some say that the same hallucinations may be due to the storage of memory which is genetically inherited in the form of fear signals that are embedded in the human genes brought back by Yage.