IF THERE’S ONE THING I LEARNED, history-wise, on the Inca Trail, it’s that the Incas really liked to get high. Like, really liked to get high. They snuffed seeds up their nostrils and drank cacti tea, purged on DMT and brought in the day with a few brewed coca leaves. Here’s just a few of their plants of choice.
Acid and mushrooms may make you trip, but ayahuasca heals. Chemistry tells us that ayahuasca is a mix of jungle fauna which combines DMT — a powerful, epiphany-inducing hallucinogen — and monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI), which allow the DMT to seep into your body. The effects of ayahuasca are intense. Effects include severe vomiting, which shamans believe to represent a lifetime of negative energy exiting the body, to psychological introspection, elation, fear, magic and self-realization.
You will trip balls on this stuff, but a shaman’s job is to “remove negative energies and redirect positive ones,” to end in a higher, clearer self.
Danger level: Safer than booze, and much, much more intense than even your best weed.