Researchers claim that ayahuasca tea helps the formation of new neurons

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Researchers claim that ayahuasca tea helps the formation of new neurons


Quote:The study groups together the results of a four-year "in vitro" and "in vivo" experimentation carried out in mice, subjects that demonstrated greater cognitive capacity when treated with dimethyltryptamine (DMT), one of the components of ayahuasca, according to with José Antonio López, researcher at the Faculty of Psychology of the Complutense University and co-author of the work.

Ayahuasca is obtained from a mixture between two Amazonian plants, the ayahuasca vine (Banisteriopsis caapi) and the chacruna bush (Psychotria viridis). "In ayahuasca, DMT binds to a type 2A serotonergic brain receptor, and that is when its hallucinogenic effect is enhanced. In this research, this binding is made with another receptor, sigma type, which does not have these effects. "Which greatly facilitates its future administration to patients," they explain in the study report.

Of course there are a variety of potential issues with ayahuasca - there are positive effects of usage but it certainly isn't a cure all. Also worth considering that in its traditional context one could argue the training required spans years.

Not to say it's definitely bad just people should be careful and do their due diligence.
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