I participated in an ayahuasca ceremony this weekend. It was a very rewarding and spiritual experience. It was difficult and challenging. It's certainly not a recreational drug. The shaman and his helpers kept us safe and looked after us while we tripped.
At 7:30 we each drank a 1/4 dixie cup of strong bitter goo. An hour later we were offered another on for those of us who thought we should have more. I had a second cup. A few minutes later the first cup kicked in and I realized I was in for a potent ride. Ayahuasca is powerful and not gentle. I was hit with a barrage of synesthesia, and a need to pee, poop, and vomit all at the same time, while also tearing of my shirt because I was incredibly hot, all while I could hardly see and was overwhelmed and disoriented. Fortunately a kind person helped me get sorted out and I was able to settle . The aya came to me in waves. The first one was the strongest and lasted probably an hour. I felt relieved and happy and thought it was over. A few minutes later it was back almost as strong again for another hour or so. This continued throughout the night and by 5 in the morning I was completely exhausted.
We got up at about 9 and did some integration exercises, and got to know each other better. going through something like that together is a bonding experience. It was very emotional.
The next night we were offered aya again or San Pedro. Most of us took the San Pedro.I did not feel up to a repeat of the aya. I opted for a low dose of San Pedro and was happy to participate at that level. I found it a mild and happy psychedelic.
I will participate again..