A medical-grade version of the popular hippy brew ayahuasca could become available to Americans within the next decade

by Tommie Pappas
Published: January 21, 2023 (2 weeks ago)

A medical-grade version of the popular hippy brew ayahuasca could become available to Americans within the next decade.

Filament Health, a Canadian psychedelic drug company, has created a medicinal form of the powerful psychedelic which can be taken orally as a pill.
The firm hopes to push the medical-grade version through an FDA trial in 2023. 

Ayahuasca is being touted as an alternative treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression after becoming popular with the backing of celebrities such as Joe Rogan and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

But Americans currently need to travel to Central and South America for expensive retreats and religious experiences involving the potent brew.

However, its therapeutic benefits are mainly anecdotal, and a growing body of evidence shows that the drug also carries the risk of long-lasting effects on mental health

Ayahuasca is a brown-reddish drink made by boiling stems from its namesake vine and leaves from the chacruna shrub together (pictured)

Ayahuasca is a brown-reddish drink made by boiling stems from its namesake vine and leaves from the chacruna shrub together (pictured)

Brewed ayahuasca elixir including chacruna bark is pictured on a traditional shaman's drum.

Brewed ayahuasca elixir including chacruna bark is pictured on a traditional shaman's drum.

Ayahuasca is a brown-reddish drink made by boiling stems from its namesake vine and leaves from the chacruna shrub together (pictured)

Ayahuasca contains the compound N,N-Dymethyltriptamine (DMT), one of the world’s most potent hallucinogens. 

Like LSD and psilocybin, DMT has demonstrated its ability to increase connectivity between different brain networks impeded by depression and trauma.

The ayahuasca brew is made from boiling the Amazonian vine Banisteriopsis caapi, which contains the DMT, and the chacruna bush. 

The brew is typically administered by a shaman, who acts as a guide during the trip.

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