Ayahuasca (pronounced ‘eye-ah-WAH-ska’) is a plant-based hallucinogenic tea. Hallucinogens (also known as psychedelics) can make a person see, hear, smell, feel or taste things that aren’t really there or cause the person to experience things differently from how they are in reality. The most common ingredients in ayahuasca are Banisteriopsis caapi (also known as caapi) and Psychotria viridis.


Ayahuasca has been used for a number of centuries by traditional healers as a medicine and in religious ceremonies. Interest in the therapeutic benefits of ayahuasca has been increasing in western countries,in particular with regard to alcohol and drug dependence.

Ayahuasca Overdose

Dangerous Signs

A small number of deaths have occurred immediately following the use of ayahuasca, if you have any of the following symptoms call an ambulance by dialing 999 or 112:

  • Ongoing nausea
  • Frightening visions
  • Intense intoxication
  • Increased risk-taking
  • Panic
  • Psychosis

Health & Safety

It is difficult to predict the effects of Ayahuasca (even if it has been taken before) as its strength varies from batch to batch. People with mental health conditions or a family history of these conditions should avoid using Ayahuasca.

Side Effects of

There is no safe level of drug use. Use of any drug always carries risk.

The effects of taking Ayahuasca with other drugs including over-the-counter or prescribed medications can be unpredictable and dangerous.