Hello, Cannasseurs! We’re here with a post on Alternative Medicine for our Psychonaut category.
- Did you know DMT, psilocybin, and more alternative medicines are on the Cannasseur radar?
Although the main definition of ‘Cannasseur’ is ‘Cannabis Connoisseur‘, we also believe in the movement of all alternative medicine. Anything that helps potentially elevate the culture as a whole.
Medicate, meditate, elevate!
Archaeologists found the oldest medicine pouch of it’s kind yet, so let’s make sure we’re all on the same page first.
What is Ayahuasca
Ayahuasca is a brew or tea made from the plants ‘Banisteriopsis caapi‘ and ‘Psychotria viridis‘.
This concoction is special because each plant contains complementary chemical compounds that when used together create the hallucinogenic ‘trip’.
Taking Ayahuasca leads to an altered level of consciousness that includes (but isn’t limited to) hallucinations, out of body experiences, and psychedelic effects (due to psychoactive substances in the ingredients).
Shamanic Involvement for Ayahuasca and DMT
It is recommended if not required to have a Shaman assist with any ayahuasca process. You can call it a trip, however this alternative medicine is commonly used in a sacred, religious, or ceremonial way.
The effects last for hours and side effects are potentially dramatic. A shaman helps with the emotional journey that DMT creates. In fact, the strong emotions are some of the main reasons it’s ideal to have a spiritual guide. Shamans can help keep your trip panic-free and calm. Remember, everyone reacts differently.
“Many people travel to countries like Peru, Costa Rica, and Brazil, where multi-day Ayahuasca retreats are offered. They’re led by experienced shamans, who prepare the brew and monitor participants for safety.”
Oldest Shamanic Medicine Pouch Found
What archaeologists first thought was an ancient abandoned shoe among trash in a cave “turned out to be an archaeological treasure—actually a leather ritual bag or bundle containing the fox-snout pouch, a decorated headband, tiny spatulas made from llama bone, and a carved tube and small wooden platforms for inhaling substances. Radiocarbon dating of the leather bag surface indicated it was used sometime between around 900 to 1170 A.D.” – National Geographic
Scientists report that not all of the plant traces in the pouch are native to southwestern Bolivia. This means the pouch’s owner was either connected to a huge trade network OR the shaman did a lot of traveling.
Alternatively Medicating with Ayahuasca for Mental Health
Ayahuasca is reported to have mental and physical health benefits. Patients have reported increased mindfulness and better control of their moods. These effects are said to last up to four weeks after consumption (due to the DMT).
Some research also states that ayahuasca can help treat addiction, PTSD, depression and anxiety.
Cannasseurs are excited for this discovery to help us better understand alternative medicines, their history, and how we can reincorporate them healthily back into worldwide modern society.
We can’t wait to read more research!
Don’t forget to smile, see you next time Cannasseurs.
Source: National Geographic