Scientific Study
Long-term Effects of Ayahuasca

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Long-term effects of ayahuasca on the quality of life, well-being and health of Western Users: a Longitudinal Study. A scientific research project developed by ICEERS in collaboration with Beckley Foundation conducted at the Temple of the Way of Light, a Peruvian ayahuasca center that attracts around 750 visitors from all around the world each year. An unprecedented research environment to advance the current debate about ayahuasca’s effects, potential risks and benefits with scientific facts.

In collaboration with: Beckley Foundation

Motivation of the study

Scientific evidence available in the published literature about ayahuasca’s psychological and physiological effects indicates an acceptable risk profile with no abuse potential and potential benefits in the use for e.g. depression and addiction treatment. However, national and international drug control bodies, such as the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), advocate increasingly for repressive measures to ayahuasca drinking practices, stating that there is an alarming increase in interest in its recreational use, which according to several reports implies serious health risks, possibly encouraged by a lack of clarity with regard to the control status of the plants at the national or the international level. The INCB recommended in 2010 and again in 2012 that governments ‘take action’ against these ayahuasca drinking practices where needed.
In this socio-political environment it is crucial to advance scientific knowledge about ayahuasca drinking practices and the increased use in our globalized world, as well as a better understanding on the health implications of ayahuasca, to make sure that political decisions can be taken based on evidences.