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Scientific research on Ayahuasca.

The mystery of Ayahuasca has been fascinating the minds of scientists for quite some time now. Various research projects are constantly being organized to study this extraordinary phenomenon. Most of these studies are focused on Ayahuasca rituals.

Research on Ayahuasca began in 1996 with a team led by Carlos Grob. These scientists set out to study the effects of the "plant of the gods" on humans. Carlos Grob, along with a group of specialists, took charge of the study.

The research was conducted on a group of 30 individuals, with 15 of them regularly consuming Ayahuasca at least twice a month. It is important to note that these participants were required to refrain from other stimulants, including smoking and alcohol. Only spiritual speeches, chants, and Ayahuasca were used in special ceremonies. The second group of 15 individuals did not consume Ayahuasca.

After conducting specific medical, biological, and neuropsychological research, the scientists did not find any negative effects of Ayahuasca on the participants. Many of them displayed excellent health conditions, as indicated by the test results. Many of the participants reported having elevated levels of anxiety, depression, alcohol, and drug abuse prior to joining the community.

During the first intake of the brew, many individuals reported experiencing terrifying visions. From a psychological perspective, this is considered beneficial as it allows individuals to confront their fears and return to a healthier lifestyle. The therapeutic effect of Ayahuasca only becomes apparent with prolonged use. After experiencing dreams of anger, resentment, and aggression, each participant became more responsible, as noted by the professor.

Another significant discovery was the increased serotonin (the hormone of happiness) levels in the patients' blood. This was the first documented case where hormone levels were raised using an external method. In other cases, LSD and other hallucinogens bind to receptors only due to their structural similarity to serotonin, while antidepressants reduce the number of receptors. Ayahuasca allows for an increase in the production of the hormone of happiness, without causing dependence and assists in healing.

Danish scientist Erik Hoffman conducted research on the electroencephalography of the brain and found that under the influence of the "drink of the gods," specific changes occur that are akin to deep meditation. Participants were inclined to perceive information from their subconscious mind. This effect lasts for several days. Through this substance, individuals gain a better understanding of their consciousness.

Magnetic resonance imaging serves as the basis for the research. It allows for precise scanning of the brain and its individual regions. The special effect is observed not only in increased brain activity but also in the formation of more neural connections in different parts of the brain. Under the influence of the plant, connections are formed even between previously unconnected areas.

This indicates that the brain is capable of creating new connections while activating the creative side of the individual, as thinking reaches a new level. The brain becomes more adept at handling new tasks.

From all that has been said, it can be concluded that Ayahuasca opens up new possibilities and empowers every individual. Scientists note that the positive effects extend not only to psychological well-being but also to physiological levels. Depression is alleviated, brain function is enhanced, creative potential is increased, and closed-mindedness disappears.