In 2015 I isolated myself in a cabin on the shore of River Mayo, in the Peruvian jungle with two other travelers and a shaman for an ayahuasca ceremony. This is what I learned from taking “the vine of death.”
1. Ayahuasca doesn’t cause hallucinations, it takes you on a trip into the unconscious.
Due to its chemical composition, ayahuasca is not considered a hallucinogenic substance, but entheogenic, meaning the altered state of consciousness it produces connects you with your own spirit. The word literally means “to be inspired by gods”, and that’s why we take it — to explore the asleep or stalled parts of our minds or to connect with everything that’s sacred in the world.