Mental Health and Ayauasca

Scientific Articles

The Scientific Investigation of Ayahuasca – A Review of Past and Current Research
Dennis J McKenna, PhD — Heffter Research Institute; J C Callaway, PhD — Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, University of Kuopio, Finland; Charles S Grob MD – Heffter Research Institute, Department of Psychiatry, Harbor/UCLA Medical Center

Hallucinogenic Drugs and Plants in Psychotherapy and Shamanism
Ralph Metzner, Ph.D., Journal of Psychoactive Drugs (1998)

Use of South American plants for the treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders
Eliana Rodrigues and E. A. Carlini

A six-month prospective evaluation of personality traits, psychiatric symptoms and quality of life in ayahuasca-naïve subjects
Barbosa PC, Cazorla IM, Giglio JSStrassman R.
Journal of Psychoactive Drugs (2009, September – 41(3):205-12) 

Human Psychopharmacology of Hoasca: a plant hallucinogen used in ritual context in Brazil
Grob CS, McKenna DJ, Callaway JCBrito GSOberlaender G, Saide OLLabigalini E, Tacla C, Miranda CT, Strassman RJ, Boone KB.
Journal of Nervous and Mental Disorders (Feb 1996;184(2):86-94)

Altered States of Consciousness and Psychological After-Effects Induced by the First Time Ritual Use of Ayahuasca in an Urban Context in Brazil
Paulo Cesar Ribeiro Barbosa, Joel Sales Giglio & Paulo Dalgalarrondo, Journal of Psychoactive Drugs (2005)

Increased frontal and paralimbic activation following ayahuasca, the pan-amazonian inebriant
Jordi Riba, Sergio Romero, Eva Grasa,  Esther Mena, Ignasi Carrió, and Manel J. Barbanoj
Psychopharmacology (2006)

Platelet serotonin uptake sites increased in drinkers of ayahuasca
James C Callaway, Mauno M Airaksinen l, Dennis J McKenna, Glacus S Brito, Charles S Grob
Psychopharmacology (1994) 116:385-387.

Effects os a Psychedelic Tropical Tea, Ayahuasca, on the EEG Activity of the Human Brain During a Shamanistic Ritual
Erik Hoffmann, Jan M. Keppel Hesselink and Yatra-W.M. da Silveira Barbosa (MAPS)

The natural hallucinogen 5-MeO-DMT, component of Ayahusaca, disrupts cortical function in rats:  reversal by antipsychotic drugs
Maurizio S. Riga, Guadalupe Soria, Raul Tudela, Francesc Artigas, Pau Celada
Int’l Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology (2014)

Plants and the Central Nervous System
E.A. Carlini, Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior (2003)

A Modern-day Shamanistic Healer in the Peruvian Amazon: Pharmacopoeia and Trance
Dobkin de Rios M.  Journal of Psychoactive Drugs (1989 Abstract)

Ayahuasca Versus Violence
A case report by Ede Frecska, National Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology, Budapest, Hungary

Effects of ayahuasca on sensory and sensorimotor gating in humans
Jordi Riba, Antoni Rodriguez-Fornells, Manel J. Barbanoj, Psychopharmacology (2002)

Composition, standardization and chemical profiling of Banisteriopsis caapi, a plant for the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders relevant to Parkinson’s disease
Wang YHSamoylenko V, Tekwani BL, Khan IA, Miller LSChaurasiya ND, Rahman MM, Tripathi LM, Khan SI, Joshi VC, Wigger FT, Muhammad I.
Journal of Ethnopharmacology (2010 Apr 21;128(3):662-71)

Psychointegrators: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on the Therapeutic Effects of Hallucinogens
Michael Winkelman, Complementary Health Practice Review (2001; 6; 219)

Ayahuasca in Adolescence: A Preliminary Psychiatric Assessment
Dartiu Xavier Da Silveira, M.D., Ph.D.; Charles S. Grob, M.D.; Marlene Dobkin de Rios, Ph.D.; Enrique Lopez, Psy.D.; Luisa K. Alonso, Ph.D.; et al.
Journal of Psychoactive Drugs (June 2005)

Psychedelic, Psychoactive and Addictive Drugs and States of Consciousness
Ralph Metzner, Ph.D., California Institute of Integral Studies.

Hallucinogenic Music: An Analysis of the Role of Whistling in Peruvian Ayahuasca Healing Sessions
Fred Katz and Marlene Dobkin de Rios, The Journal of American Folklore (1971 Abstract)

Shamanism as Neurotheology and Evolutionary Psychology
Michael Winkelman, American Behavioral Scientist (2002)

Sociopsychotherapeutic Functions of Ayahuasca Healing in Amazonia
Walter Andritzky PhD., Journal of Psychoactive Drugs (1989)

The Psychology of Ayahuasca
Charles S. Grob, M.D., excerpt from “Sacred Vine of Spirits:  Ayahuasca”


Internet Links

Ayahuasca Healing Journey – Into the Amazon
John Gamble (2009 Documentary)

Ayahuasca Healing Journey – Into the Amazon – Part 2
John Gamble (2009 Documentary, Part 2)

Emotional processing – Psychotherapy and altered states of consciousness: Principles, therapeutic possibilities and challenges
Marianne Kaspersen and Halvard Hårklau

What We Can Learn From Shamanic Healing: Brief Psychotherapy With Latino Immigrant Clients
Marlene Dobkin de Rios, PhD., American Journal of Public Health (2002)

Can psychedelic drugs play a role in palliative care?
Ben Sessa, European Journal of Palliative Care (2008)

New Studies of Psychedelics
Steve Beyer, Singing to the Plants Blog (2007)

Psychological Aspects of the Yage Experience in an Experimental Setting
Claudio Naranjo, from Hallucinogens and Shamanism (1973)

Some Relationships between Music and Hallucinogenic Ritual: The “Jungle Gym” in Consciousness
Marlene Dobkin de Rios and Fred Katz, Ethos (1975);jsessionid=50A76000231EFE176A6AF4197943A16F.f03t01?v=1&t=ic7yber4&s=0f17511c0eeecb70661b2e9a7ec2b0d33a25fe3d

Update from the UK and an Interview with Pioneering Psychedelic Psychiatrist Dr. Ronald Sandison
Ben Sessa, Ph.D. (MAPS 2008-09)

Can psychedelics have a role in psychiatry once again?
Ben Sessa. British J Psychiatry 2005.

The Healing Potential of Non-Ordinary States of Consciousness
Walter Mead interviewing Stan Grof


Research Categories

PTSD and Ayahuasca
Drugs and Alcohol Addiction
Anxiety and Ayahuasca
Depression and Ayahuasca
General Health and Well-being and Ayahuasca
General Information on Ayahuasca

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