Can I Die from Ayahuasca? Is Ayahuasca Safe? Aya Safety?
Ayahuasca Dose, Dosage & Death
We know you have many important safety questions about Ayahuasca and we are here to answer them. These are normal concerns for anyone considering coming to an Ayahuasca or San Pedro ceremony. Side effects are varied; it depends on the person and the medications being taken.
Diabetics MUST continue taking their medicine before, during and after a shamanic plant medicine ceremony. So must anyone on high blood pressure medicine and also anyone who takes medicine for their heart.
If You Won’t Ride A Rollercoaster…
One rule of thumb to go by as far as physical conditions go (like heart conditions, high blood pressure or respiratory issues) is: If you won’t ride a roller coaster, don’t partake in plant medicine ceremonies. People with heart conditions and high blood pressure are at particular risk with plant medicines.
You CAN be harmed if you are taking certain pharmaceutical drugs in combination with Ayahuasca, particularly antidepressants (SSRIs, SNRIs, MAOIs) and even over the counter drugs like cold medicines with ephedrine or caffeine in them. It is important that you do your research and follow directions for stopping these pharmaceutical medicines before taking Ayahuasca.
Consult with your doctor about reversal MAOI or seratonin syndrome concerning Ayahuasca. The time needed for these pharmaceuticals to disperse from your system vary between 48 hours and 5-6 months. If you are taking pharmaceuticals, do your research about your medicine to see if it will be ok with Ayahuasca. Very important!
For the most part, ALL medicines, vitamins, and herbs should be stopped about 2 weeks before partaking in ceremony, just to be safe. Even seemingly harmless substances should be stopped. The truth is, there are no studies to show what Ayahuasca works with or not, so assume that everything must stopped for a couple weeks before an Ayahuasca ceremony.
Here is an article about pharmaceuticals and other substances to avoid before an Ayahuasca or San Pedro ceremony: https://www.dmt-nexus.me/forum/default.aspx?g=posts&t=37251
Our Shamans are under contract
to make Pure, Unadulterated Medicines
Another problem, and a reason why there are complications for some people with Ayahuasca Ceremonies, is that some shamans mix other substances into their medicine, like datura (which can give nightmarish experiences and cause death) or high quantities of nicotine (to open the body more to medicine), or other substances that change the nature of the medicine somewhat.
By contract with our shamans, we do not allow our shamans to mix anything into the medicine that is not part of the traditional ingredients. Gaia Sagrada practices the utmost of safety when it comes to making sure our medicines are pure and unadulterated. Be careful if you are not with a center that has their shamans under contract to make ONLY traditional medicines. When deaths are connected to Ayahuasca, it is normally because the shaman has mixed other substances into the medicine that should not be there, sometimes in order to make the medicine stronger if it is weak, and it is not from the Ayahuasca itself. It is what they mix into it sometimes that is dangerous, but we don’t allow that.
Here at Gaia Sagrada NOTHING else is allowed to be added to the mix. EVER! Here you get the pure and unadulterated versions of the medicines. Period!
What is the proper, safe Ayahuasca dosage?
Most people drink one or two shot glasses of Ayahuasca for the full dosage effect, more if the concoction isn’t that strong. Some people’s systems are much more sensitive and they do not need as large a dose of Ayahuasca. We would caution anyone who is super-sensitive to various things (like certain foods, smells or cleaning solutions) to start with a low Ayahuasca dose for safety and move to a higher Ayahuasca dose more slowly than everyone else just to be certain to be safe.
You can start with a quarter cup Ayahuasca dose or a half cup Ayahuasca dose. Then take another quarter cup or half cup when you feel comfortable, safe, and ready to amplify your Ayahuasca dosage and experience. Not everyone needs the same Ayahuasca dose for the same effects.
If you take too much for safe comfort, Ayahuasca is not going to serve you as well as the side effects and after effects will be too strong. You might also become polarized and you won’t be willing to try again with Ayahuasca or do the inner work that Ayahuasca encourages you to do. You won’t die from an unsafe Ayahuasca overdose (unless you have serious medical conditions that could be triggered, like heart problems or blood pressure problems, please check our Medical Guidelines page for full info) but you might be turned off from ever trying it again. One of the side effects of Ayahuasca is the nausea and then throwing up. However, that is when the profound after-effects begin to take place.
We have noticed that the more fat content a person has on his or her body, the larger a dose a person can accept safely. If a person has very little body fat, and might even be skinny, this is the kind of body structure that needs about half the amount that other people do, especially if he or she is super sensitive to foods, smells or other things.
We are here to help guide you on how much to take and the shaman will know by your body structure what your safe limits might be. Don’t worry, we’re not going to let you take too big a dose! There are some shamans and centers that are not as careful about this, but we are. We know the limits for specific body types, and we’ll encourage you to go slow with it and test out the waters first before you dive in the deep end!
Has Anyone Ever Died Using Ayahuasca? Can I Die From Ayahuasca?
Yes, you can die if you are mixing it with recreational or pharmaceutical drugs or if you have heart problems that you are not taking your medicines for. It is important that you listen to this warning, and refrain from any kind of substance that alters your body’s chemistry, even if it is seemingly not that big a deal or unimportant.
The truth is, no scientific studies have ever been done to determine what is safe to take with Ayahuasca or San Pedro, so the best advice is to refrain altogether during the days leading up to and during the time of the ceremony in order to avoid side effects or bad after effects with pharmaceutical or recreational drug mixing.
To our knowledge, no one has ever died while using traditional Ayahuasca (with no admixtures that are not supposed to be part of Ayahuasca) if they took the proper precautions of refraining from alcohol, recreational drugs, or pharmaceuticals of any kind, and approached Ayahuasca or San Pedro after a short period of cleansing. The plant teachers and plant medicines are safe for almost everyone, but we would like you to take a look at our Medical Guidelines page to make sure that this medicinal tea is right for you.