Sebastian Freidank - 26. March 20

Ayahuasca ceremony & retreat - effect, DMT & recipe


The Ayahuasca ceremony is an at least 2,500 -year -old tradition, which was created by the indigenous people of South America. Compared to Cocoa ceremonies and Guayusa-Zeremonies is therefore comparatively young, which is probably due to the complexity of an Ayahuasca recipe. When preparing an Ayahuasca tea, at least two ingredients are needed, e.g. B. the trunk of a liana and the leaves of another plant.

In this article, you will find out why Ayahuasca is a highly complex topic that you can expect from the effect and a ceremony or even a retreat multi -day.



  1. What is Ayahuasca?
  2. Ayahuasca ingredients & effects
    1. Ayahuasca ingredients
    2. Effect
      1. Ayahuasca effect on the brain
      2. Ayahuasca effect on the psyche
  3. Ayahuasca ceremony
    1. Sequence
    2. Costs of an Ayahuasca ceremony in South America
  4. Ayahuasca ceremony/retreat in Germany
    1. Ayahuasca Retreat Berlin
    2. Costs of an Ayahuasca ceremony in Germany
  5. Legal?
  6. Good experiences of an Ayahuasca ceremony
  7. Ayahuasca drove - bad experiences
    1. Ayahuasca and medication
  8. Ayahuasca VS DMT
  9. Ayahuasca recipes
    1. Guayusa
  10. Ayahuasca trip
  11. Conclusion


1. What is Ayahuasca?

Ayahuasca is a liana from the South American rainforest. Translated from the language of the Kichwa, the indigenous people of the Amazon, it says as much as "soul-ranks" or "liana of spirits" because medicine promises a deep spiritual journey. Translated exactly, "Aya" means something like mind or ancestors and "Huasca" as much as vine or rope. Finds of an Ayahuasca ceremony shell made of stone were on approx. 500 BC. Chr. Dated. The custom has existed for at least 2,500 years.

The liana is used by indigenous tribes of the Amazon to achieve a changed state of consciousness in ritual ceremonies and multi -day Ayahuasca Retreats in order to cure mental and physical illnesses.

Ayahuasca has been used for healing in the Amazon of South America by locals since an early days. The medicinal plant also gets more and more attention in our latitudes.

The potion of the shamans promises a lot, which is why Ayahuasca is becoming increasingly known here in Germany. It is intended to expand awareness, enable traveling into the past and look into the future and even heal illnesses.

The Ayahuasca-Liane will be together withDMT-ta -based leaves, such as those ofChakruna, cooked to a plant. DMT is a psychedelic active ingredient that can be found in nature, in many plants and also in the human body. DMT, if absorbed above the stomach, its effect only develops together with other plant substances that areMao inhibitor are known.


2. Ayahuasca ingredients & effects

In order to meet the effects of Ayahuasca to do justice, we start with the description of the most important ingredients and then pass on the body, mind and mind.

Anyone who has already experienced an Ayahuasca ceremony will find many of the effects described and will probably miss a lot, because individual experiences take place for each participant, which cannot be described.

If you think about visiting an Ayahuasca Retreat, you can use a lot of information from this article to go well prepared for the trip.

Whoever follows our contributions and possibly even in Newsletter is registered, who knows that we always shed light on the scientific side. For us, the spiritual and scientific is not an opposite ways, because both can benefit from each other.

We therefore also looked at exactly for this post how official reports and studies on the topic of Ayahuasca are as medicine and especially as a therapy tool.

Later we go into the experiences of individual participants, which will be significantly more spiritual.


Ayahuasca effect


2.1. Ayahuasca ingredients

If there is talk of Ayahuasca, then the finished brew is a kind of tea, ofat least meant two plants. The lianaBanisteriopsis Caapi, or simply called Caapi and Psychotria Viridis, or chakruna.

Caapi contains the following important ingredients for an Ayahuasca recipe:

  • Harmin
  • Harmaline
  • Tetrahydroharmine

All three are alkaloids that are so -calledMao inhibitor (monoamine oxidase inhibitor) works.

Chakruna, on the other hand, contains the psychoactiveDMT (dimethyltryptamine).

The Mao inhibitors in Caapi are necessary so that the DMT can appear orally appear in Chakruna. These prevent theOxidization, so destroy, from DMT in the stomach.


2.2. Effect

Mao inhibitor

If we only consider the monoamine oxidase inhibitors, they already have theirs in numerous studieseffectiveness proven as a remedy for the following clinical pictures.

  • Panic attack
  • Agoraphobia
  • Social phobia
  • Atypical depression
  • Anxiety disorders of various kinds
  • bulimia
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Obsessive -compulsive disorder
  • Bipolar depression



DMT is a naturally occurring active ingredient in both plants, animals and humans. Orally, however, it is simply broken down by the body without effect or continued as amino acid.

DMT only works intravenously or as an inhalation, with oral administration, a MAO inhibitor must also be taken.

The sole effect of DMT included

  • a changed sense of time
  • Visual, auditory and haptic perceptions
  • Hallucinations of geometric shapes
  • Perceive of different beings that are often described as small gnomes, elves and small people who speak in high voices

DMT is according to the hallucinogenic active ingredient in an Ayahuasca ceremony. Strarly there is no Ayahuasca Liane and for an acting recipe you need at least two plants that contain DMT and once MAO inhibitors as an active ingredient.

Incidentally, DMT was identified by scientists as one of our brain, in fact, in fact the fibrous gland, producing fabric. You attribute an important role in the rem phase of sleep.


Ayahuasca effect on the brain

The active ingredients in Ayahuasca, DMT and the β-carboline from the Caapi Ayahuasca Liane (Harmin, Harmalin, Tetrahydroharmine), a nerve-protecting and even renewing effect in our brain is promised.

The DMT in Ayahuasca activates z. B. the production of the protein SIG-1R, which nerve degeneration in the brain by producing antioxidants prevented. Laboratory tests also found a protective effect of nerve cells, which suffered from lack of oxygen.

Harimin acts against it anti -inflammatory and positive for that Memory. It was also possible to support the nerve cell growth by increasing the production of supportive proteins established become.

In addition, a 70% increased growth of the progenitor cells from which later nerve cells arise in laboratory tests proven become.

This could be a scientific justification for why many participants can experience past events again. Ayahuasca effect could positively influence the brain's memory.


Ayahuasca effect & ingredients


Ayahuasca effect on the psyche

Ayahuasca has shown in several studies that it can significantly increase the mindfulness and acceptance of participants. Both are aspects that in psychology as important components for Well -being be seen. Another study also confirms an improvement in the mood and the ability with emotions to handle.

In a study in the 57 participants in an Ayahuasca ceremony, everyone reported an enormous reduction in stress, which until several weeks after the ceremony stopped.

Further effects from Ayahuasca on our psyche are the positive properties already mentioned above on depression, post -traumatic stress disorders, addictions and mood swings. A single dose of Ayahuasca already led to a clear in a study with 29 chronically depressed subjects improvement And visiting an Ayahuasca retreat has a direct study in another study relief which was conducted by the subjects.

The Ayahuasca tea made of leaves and lianas also showed its positive effect on cocaine, alcohol and nicotine patients that depends on many years in numerous studies.

According to the current study situation, the effects of Ayahuasca seem to have a positive effect on the formation of the new formation and the protection of nerve cells in the brain. It seems to improve the mood to improve depression and emotion control and help addicts to be detached from their addictive substances.


3. Ayahuasca ceremony

The most authentic Ayahuasca retreat with the preparation of a real Ayahuasca recipe can only be experienced in South American countries such as Ecuador, Peru, Brazil and Costa Rica. However, there are also occasional providers of Pseudo Ayahuasca ceremonies in Germany.

There is the possibility to take part in a single ceremony or to visit a retreat over several days or weeks and to connect several times with the effect of Ayahuasca during this time.


3.1. Sequence

The course of an Ayahuasca retreat is not always the same, but similar. Depending on where you are dependent on your ceremony, whether in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia or even in Germany, there will be easy to large differences. However, you will always have a "Curanderos" by your side. It is a shaman, i.e. a traditional healer.

The retreat is usually initiated days or weeks before the actual ceremony by following a special diet. You should do without animal products, sugar, salt and things such as tobacco and alcohol.

The Ayahuasca ceremony can begin that the shaman will clean up you from evil energies using smoke. This usually happens with the help of Mapacho, the jungle tobacco. The smoke is not inhaled by the shaman, but only blows.

After the first cleaning, you will receive the Ayahuasca tea. You can now z. B. withdraw to meditation. However, it is more likely that your accompanying healer will take you into healing experience through special chants.

The songs become Icaros named and enable the shaman to communicate with the necessary spirits for healing and thereby control the intensity of the ceremony. The effect of the Ayahuasca tea made of liana and leaves begins approx. 30 to 60 minutes after drinking and, depending on the intensity, lasts 2 to 6 hours.

Right from the beginning, vomiting and diarrhea can occur. This is seen as a good sign and further cleaning process. The more intensely you did the diet beforehand, the lower these cleaning processes are probably.

Jungle medicine carries you to another, visionary, world. The cure that is achieved by Ayahuasca is the understanding of what has happened in your life current and in the past. The ceremony allows you anger to solve bitterness and fears and to convert it into acceptance, joy and love.


Amazon's rainforest


3.2. Costs of an Ayahuasca ceremony in South America

The Ayahuasca ceremony offers vary enormously and range from daily costs between € 100 to € 500.

There are entire all-inclusive "hotels" in which you can stay over several weeks to take part in many ceremonies. But there are also day courses.

You can find out how you can save costs for an Ayahuasca ceremony in South America without having to do without quality.


4. Ayahuasca ceremony/retreat in Germany

In addition to the trip to South America, to which we will give you a few tips at the end of the article, you also have the opportunity to hold an Ayahuasca retreat in Germany. These are usually 1-day ceremonies with comparable Mao inhibitors such as the Caapi Liane used in real Ayahuasca.

Since DMT is illegal in Germany, well-known MAO inhibitors are used such as the steppe scissors and boiled up in a particularly high concentration for the pseudo Ayahuasca recipe. This is intended to activate the body of its own DMT, which produces our pineal gland.

4.1. Ayahuasca Retreat Berlin

Due to the ban on DMT in Germany, it is also difficult to find an Ayahuasca ceremony in Berlin. But if not here, where? We can recommend searching Facebook groups and being on Instagram to find possible gatherings.

Assure yourself, before that the Ayahuasca recipe is not prepared with DMT-containing plants so that you do not make yourself punishable in Germany ...


4.2. Costs of an Ayahuasca ceremony in Germany

The costs for an Ayahuasca retreat or a single ceremony in Germany are neither significantly more expensive nor cheaper than in South America. The price range of € 100 to 500 per day is also represented.

Most of the time, however, only the ceremony itself, i.e. the preparation of the Ayahuasca recipe, and the accompaniment during the time of effectiveness are included. The stay must be paid additional, although in South America the stay in the price is usually included.

Here the question arises as to whether a vacation and an entire Ayahuasca retreat may not be a better combination and cost-effective in order to experience a real ceremony in an authentic environment.


5. Legal?

We have already mentioned that Ayahuasca or the individual active ingredient DMT is illegal in Germany. However, plants containing DTM are not illegal. This could also not be enforced because many plant species contain DMT, some more, some less.

The preparation of these plants, the consumption of the resulting tea or that has pure DMT crystals, was banned by the state.

In general, the situation across Europe is largely the same. With the exception of Portugal, where drugs of all kinds were generally decriminalized for self -consumption, we have not found a country that DMT or Ayahuasca declares legal. You can find an overview of countries in which Ayahuasca is legal here.

Incidentally, the Ayahuasca Liane has no DMT. Make shops drive the Liane as a single product, but nothing can be done.


6. Good experiences of an Ayahuasca ceremony

Ayahuasca experiences


The good experiencesthat we will describe you come from retreat and ceremony participants from South America. We think these are the most authentic experiences because they tire both geographically and humanly in the origin of Ayahuasca.

I was able to learn from the other participants as much as from the ceremonies themselves, only by listening their personal life experiences.

Even weeks later, I still learn and learn new things from experience.

A deep understanding of myself and how my mind works and keeps me in chaos every day.

Ayahuasca took me on a fantastic journey into myself. The Amazon showed me so much, I miss the breathtaking noises of the rainforest.

Magic noises of the jungle.

The highlight of medicine was nature itself.

Crazy, wonderful and disappointing. Expectations should stay at home. Every Ayahuasca ceremony is different, unique and on new levels. "

It changed my life.

Ayahuasca helped me know how wonderful life is and how nice it is to be alive.

It brings out brutal truth.

The jungle's sounds were an enrichment every evening and every morning. ”

I learned a lot through the plant, it is almost as if I was communicating with my own cells. In addition to these fantastic experiences, it is not always easy. Vomiting can be extremely uncomfortable, but even this experience taught me the greatest knowledge of the entire time.

I recommend an Ayahuasca Retreat with many ceremonies to anyone who wants to develop personally to find their individual path.


7. Ayahuasca drove - bad experiences

In addition to the numerous positive ones, there are also bad experiences that show the potential dangers of an Ayahuasca ceremony, but also the existence of might "shaman".

The most common bad experiences amount to the fact that the dose of the Ayahuasca tea is too strong or that the side effects such as vomiting, diarrhea, anxiety and so-called horror trips predominate through hallucinations.

In addition to these bad experiences, which are due to the potion itself, participants also report dangers that can assume the shaman.

You can find some of the bad experiences here, they are freely translated by us:

The employees are really nice people and they mean it well. In my case, however, they gave me too high dose for which I was not ready, which led to my first panic attack. Since then, the last 2 months have been a hell for me, in which I had to be hospitalized in my hometown.Source Google

Don't go here! I was sexually attacked during my massage and it was a terrible, traumatic experience. I pray that no other girl has to suffer the same disgusting treatment by this man.Source Google

If you are a woman, please avoid it! I was urged to drink Ayahuasca, although I didn't want to. I was told that my friend would leave me and I didn't feel sure. One of the shamans was inappropriate and told me that he wanted to see me and wanted to see me in my hotel when my friend was still in the retreat.Source Google

Now that I am back home, I sometimes have the feeling that life is not real and that I never got back and actually fell into a coma. I feel like I am in a coma and my parents and my family are waiting for me to wake up.Source Reddit Post


7.1. Ayahuasca and medication

If you consume a kind of prescription medication, such as B. have antibiotics or high blood pressure or heart problems, you probably shouldn't take Ayahuasca to you. Taking antidepressants and Ayahuasca should also be discussed with a doctor beforehand.

It is also recommended to stop any kind of drugs and stimulants a few weeks before the Ayahuasca ceremony.

Any kind of medication and herbs that should influence serotonin levels.

Ayahuasca is advised against patients with diagnosed personality disorders.


8. Ayahuasca VS DMT

DMT is the psychoactive active ingredient in chakruna. The Caapi Ayahuasca Liane, on the other hand, contains only the Mao inhibitors that are necessary so that the DMT can work.

However, DMT can also be consumed as a single substance in the form of smoke over the lungs and then does not require a MAO inhibitor.

The big difference between DMT and Ayahuasca is that Ayahuasca represents an overall package of active ingredients. DMT, on the other hand, is an extract. Accordingly, this is comparable to one Guayusa tea and a pure one Caffeine extract. The Guayusa In addition to caffeine, tea contains all kinds of Other active ingredients, which all over the whole Effect have as the pure caffeine extract.

Consuming the pure DMT leads to a short, for a few minutes, very strong, very strong frenzy, which consumers describe as incredibly intensive spiritual experience. DMT was therefore often used by business people in the 1960s to have a short trip during work or between the meetings.

There is also no evidence that DMT or Ayahuasca are actually addictive such as heroin, crack, tobacco, alcohol or sugar. The prohibition of the substance is therefore extremely controversial.

You can find an exciting documentary on DMT and Ayahuasca on YouTube:


9. Ayahuasca recipes

There does not seem to be a uniform type of traditional preparation, but in general the completion of the recipe takes several hours until a whole day and includes at least one plant with MAO inhibitors.

Depending on the shaman, the Caapi Ayahuasca Liane alone or directly together with the leaves of Chakruna or another DMT-containing plant Chaliponga or Mimosa roots prepared. The most common Ayahuasca recipe is with Cackruna and Caapi.

The chakruna leaves should be picked in the morning with sunrise or in the evening with sunset. The DMT content is highest at these times. It comes the liana must be crushed with the help of a hammer or another hard object like a branch until the fibers separate. All ingredients are then cleaned by the smoke of Mapacho and prayers or chantings.

The ingredients for the Ayahuasca recipe are cooked in a large saucepan or separately in two pots over open fire until the majority of the liquid is evaporated. The remaining brew is the Ayahuasca tea, which is combined in the last few minutes of preparation.

Practical, it would not be illegal to prepare an Ayahuasca tea with DMT in Germany, because certain grasses like that reed Or pipe gloss grass DMT contain.


Ayahuasca recipe


9.1. Guayusa

Another exciting ingredient, which the Kichwa tribes in Ecuador often ingredient is added, is Guayusa. Guayusa is a particularly exciting plant that is boiled like a tea, but is not one. Their effect is described as particularly focusing, awake and stress-reducing. You can find more about the most caffeinated plant in the world in our article “what is Guayusa“.

The Ayahuasca Liane, more precisely the resulting drink has an extremely bitter taste. Guayusa If the Ayahuasca recipe is added to make the taste more pleasant, but at the same time also to give the participants enough energy for the ceremony and to avoid a hangover effect.

Like Ayahuasca, too Guayusa A millennia -old tradition among Kichwa and is used for numerous ceremonial purposes in addition to the stimulating effect, for which we also love it in this country, including Lucid dreams.

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10. Ayahuasca trip

As we have indicated above, the trip to South America is a good opportunity to experience the authentic Ayahuasca ceremony or a whole retreat with a real recipe. Since Ayahuasca is recognized as legal medicine in some countries, it should be the first choice anyway to avoid any difficulties with the state here in Germany.

We as Guayusa The company often travel to Ecuador and were able to experience how normally the consumption of Ayahuasca is regarded as a remedy. If you are already on site, we can combine in the Napo region with locals and even German -speaking or English -speaking emigrants.

However, we cannot give a direct travel recommendation for a single Ayahuasca retreat. In your choice, you should make sure that it is a place east of the Andes and the offer has many and good recessions or was recommended to you first -hand.


11. Conclusion

Having a conclusion to Ayahuasca ceremonies is anything but easy. We think that depending on the person, such a ceremony or even an entire Ayahuasca retreat can be a fantastic experience. If you are afraid of use, you may have it for a certain reason and should avoid use for the time being.

The molecule DMT, which is responsible for the intensive effect of an Ayahuasca recipe, occurs in nature in numerous plants, animals and ourselves. It is an extremely exciting substance that scientists also call the "consciousness molecule".

DMT and the ready -made Ayahuasca recipe are illegal in Germany and the entire EU, but the purchase of a Caapi Liane or the Chakruna leaves is legal.

For an authentic and legal Ayahuasca experience, we think, the trip to South America is the best choice, but everyone has to decide this individually.

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