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A new ayahuasca study suggests that one ayahuasca trip may be all you need to leave a long-lasting change on the brain.
The research was published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology discovered lasting changes in the brain in areas that handle higher-order cognitive functions, such as creativity, decision making and concept learning.
Scientists looked at 50 volunteers who’ve never had an ayahuasca trip before, giving some of them a small dose of ayahuasca and the others were given a placebo.
They took functional MRI scans, which show activity in the brain by tracking blood flow, one day before and one day after, the volunteer’s ayahuasca experience.
The scans found that the trip induced by ayahuasca had a long-lasting effect on the practical organization of brain mode networks assisting in higher-order cognitive and affective functions.
One ayahuasca trip could impact parts of the brain involved with complicated emotions and thinking.
Indigenous tribes have long used ayahuasca throughout the Amazon, and the psychedelic shows impact two regions of the brain involved with introspection, emotions, and motivational functions.
However, the brain areas connected with the senses stayed unaffected after the one dose.
The study had a couple of disadvantages inadequacies in psychedelic research and neuroscience.
Psychedelics such as psilocybin, LSD, MDMA, ketamine, and ayahuasca, the experience could prove a promising therapy for psychiatric disorders.
Furthermore, scientists hope the research can help deliver a framework for better psychedelic treatment’s potential to treat personality and mood disorders.
The revitalization of psychedelic research of the years delivers an exciting chance to study the potential of psychedelic treatment sessions on mood disorders affecting millions worldwide.
Ayahuasca has been used for thousands of years to treat everything from schizophrenia to addiction.