Ayahuasca and What You Should Know
When you start looking to partake in an Ayahuasca experience, there are several things you should know and research, and there are other things that you should put to the side because they simply don't apply, at least not to you and your experience.
The first thing you will need to find out is whether you are a good candidate for Ayahuasca. There are many factors that come into play here and just because you WANT to drink Ayahuasca doesn't mean you should! Health conditions and medications are the most important topics of focus. There are some medical conditions that do prohibit the use of Ayahuasca. And, since Ayahuasca is half MAOI's, there are many medications that CANNOT be taken during or within a certain proximity of Ayahuasca. We would also advise taking a long, hard, HONEST look at yourself and your capabilities. This is not a guaranteed "easy" event. Forget what you may know about every other psychedelic, even ones you have done, it DOES NOT apply here! And also, bear in mind, that all of the testimonials you watch and read are NOT indicative of what YOUR experience will be!
You will want to know is the reputation of the place you are planning on visiting. How long have they been practicing? Do they have people who will openly vouch for them? Have they ever had any negative incidents occur? If so, were they minor or major incidents? How safety conscious are they? Do they brew their own Ayahuasca or do they have it shipped in?
Another thing you should be looking at is how things there are run. What kinds of safety precautions do they have in place? What kinds of information do they require that are pertinent to the safety and well being of yourself and their other attendee's/members? Are they CPR certified should anything happen? What are their safety protocols? How knowledgeable are the people you are dealing with? Are they looking to keep you safe or just "make a sale"? How many people do they reject versus accept? Are they really there to help or are they just interested in making a buck? Is their focus truly on Ayahuasca and IT'S healing properties or are they just promoting an environment of multiple psychedelics? How does Ayahuasca TRULY fit into their belief structure? Is their belief structure and yours compatible?
When you're looking at videos and testimonials online, keep in mind that those are OTHER PEOPLE'S experiences! Ayahuasca is very individual specific; your experience will be vastly different from those even the same group with whom you shared an experience. Watching and reading all of those can help give you insight, but they CANNOT tell you what your experience will be.