The results of a collaborative project between The Beckley Foundation and ICEERS, investigating the long-term effects of ayahuasca on quality of life and mental health in Western users will be presented at Psychedelic Science 2017.
This longitudinal, observational study was designed to investigate the safety of ayahuasca, as well as its lasting impact on the personal and spiritual wellbeing of visitors to the Temple of the Way of Light, an ayahuasca centre in the Peruvian Amazon where ceremonies are conducted by the Onanya (healers) of the Shipibo tribe.
More than 500 participants were enrolled in this study, including some who were seeking treatment for emotional disorders such as depression, anxiety, grief and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Researchers conducted wellbeing assessments immediately before and after the ayahuasca healing workshops took place, and follow-up assessments one, three, six and twelve months later.
Our hope is that this study will provide clear, scientific evidence for the safety and efficacy of ayahuasca, highlighting its potential to heal some of modern man’s most intractable emotional disorders and improve quality of life.
At a time when the International Narcotics Control Board is increasing its support for repressive measures against ayahuasca drinking practices, the need to advance our scientific knowledge about ayahuasca and its effects is more crucial than ever. This study, and others like it, can further our understanding of the true health benefits of ayahuasca and help to ensure that political decisions regarding its legal status are based on proper scientific evidence.
The results of the study will be presented at Psychedelic Science 2017 by Débora González, Ph.D. Buy your tickets here.
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