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Ayahuasca use across contexts: understanding difference and supporting safe practice

D Perkins

Published : 2016

Abstract

Research to date indicates that short and long-term ayahuasca drinking is not associated with adverse mental or physical health outcomes, with some possible benefits. However, it is unclear the extent to which such outcomes may vary by context of consumption. In traditional settings the use of the tea takes place within carefully structured ceremonies under the guidance of experienced leaders, ensuring that set and setting are optimally managed to maximise positive effects and minimise risks. The ayahuasca churches have similarly developed a high degree of structure and process likely to support safe practice. In Western countries neo-shamanic ceremonies, rapidly growing in popularity, typic..

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