At the University of Melbourne, Dr. Daniel Perkins is involved in a number of research projects surrounding medicinal psychedelics and medicinal cannabis. He is the director of the Global Ayahuasca Project, which aims to increase our understanding of ayahuasca drinking context across the world, including why people drink it, the reported impacts of ayahuasca on health and wellbeing and the potential risks associated. His team’s latest research, published in PLOS Global Public Health provides potentially the largest source of information on ayahuasca’s adverse side effects to date.
They end up finding out that what they might consider “adverse” or unpleasant, doesn’t mean unwanted by the partaker. Purging is, for some, part of the process, and the anxiety most of the time has legitimate reasons that encourage people to change their lives for the better. Some of these western researchers aren’t used to the idea of enlisting a plant teacher to actually move forward and not escape.