ayahuasca

noun
aya·​hua·​sca | \ˌī-yə-ˈhwäs-kə, -ˈwäs-\

Definition of ayahuasca 

: a hallucinogenic beverage prepared from the bark of a South American woody vine (Banisteriopsis caapi of the family Malpighiaceae)

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Other research presented at the APA conference explored how LSD and ayahuasca might also help to improve symptoms of people struggling with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and how ayahuasca, specifically, can help those coping with trauma. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "People With Depression and Anxiety Could Benefit From Hallucinogens," 10 Aug. 2018 Anthropologists say the region's history of violence and lawlessness could be replicating itself in the virtually unregulated ayahuasca industry. Franklin Briceno, chicagotribune.com, "Psychedelic tourism thrives in Peru despite recent killing," 8 June 2018 Anthropologists say the region's history of violence and lawlessness could be replicating itself in the virtually unregulated ayahuasca industry. Franklin Briceno, chicagotribune.com, "Psychedelic tourism thrives in Peru despite recent killing," 8 June 2018 Anthropologists say the region's history of violence and lawlessness could be replicating itself in the virtually unregulated ayahuasca industry. Franklin Briceno, chicagotribune.com, "Psychedelic tourism thrives in Peru despite recent killing," 8 June 2018 Each year, thousands of tourists from the United States, Australia, and Canada travel to the Peruvian Amazon to experiment with ayahuasca, also known as yage. Samantha Schmidt, BostonGlobe.com, "Arrests loom after Peruvian villagers ‘lynch’ tourist accused of killing their shaman," 24 Apr. 2018 Quick backstory for the uninitiated: Father John Misty is the swaggering, hallucinogen-taking, loudmouthed alter ego of Josh Tillman, a persona that sprang to life from Tillman’s psyche after tripping on ayahuasca with a Canadian shaman. Robert Steiner, BostonGlobe.com, "The confessions of Father John Misty," 30 May 2018 Anthropologists say the region's history of violence and lawlessness could be replicating itself in the virtually unregulated ayahuasca industry. Franklin Briceno, chicagotribune.com, "Psychedelic tourism thrives in Peru despite recent killing," 8 June 2018 Anthropologists say the region's history of violence and lawlessness could be replicating itself in the virtually unregulated ayahuasca industry. Fox News, "Psychedelic tourism thrives in Peru despite recent killing," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of ayahuasca

1870, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ayahuasca

American Spanish

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ayahuasca

noun
aya·​hua·​sca | \ˌī-ə-ˈ(h)wä-skə \
variants: also ayahuasco \ ˌī-​ə-​ˈ(h)wä-​(ˌ)skō, -​skə \

Medical Definition of ayahuasca 

: a hallucinogenic beverage that is prepared from the bark of a South American woody vine (Banisteriopsis caapi of the family Malpighiaceae) typically in a mixture with other psychoactive plants (such as the shrub Psychotria viridis) Their fascination with ayahuasca stems from a little-known mind-altering compound called dimethyltryptamine, or DMT, a substance the sacred tea contains by the bucketload.— Lisa Melton, New Scientist, 26 June 2004 also : the woody vine (B. caapi) from which ayahuasca is prepared

called also caapi, yage

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