The chemical structure Ayahuasca is closely related to the chemical structure of some neurotransmitters secreted naturally our brains DMT. Monoamine regulates the amount of serotonin and dopamine in our neurotransmitters. DMT component propellant held responsible to dreams, every night when we sleep our brain from the pineal gland secretes small amounts of DMT, and for this reason, we relax and have visions in our dreams.

The first study on the chemical composition of the ayahuasca vine conducted a Colombian chemist in 1923, Fischer Cardenas, who isolated an alkaloid which he called telepathine. The name was proposed almost twenty years ago by Zerda Bayon. During the twenties of the last century several different alkaloids isolated chemicals to which proposed names like yajeína, yajenina, banisterine and finally, harmine, a name that is because studies of Mediterranean plant Peganum harmala (Syrian Rue or harmel) and demonstrated that all these alkaloids were the same, harmine, an alkaloid well known since the nineteenth century (Göbel 1841 Fritzsche 1847; Fischer 1901).

From all this, it can be summarize that the main alkaloids present in the drink are: Harmine, The harmaline, the tetrahydroharmine and DMT. The carbolines harmaline and other related ß are MAO inhibitors, ie, inhibit the effect of the enzymes monoamine oxidase in digestion destroying the other active ingredient in ayahuasca that are always present: the DMT. Psychoactive tryptamines are orally effects experienced only in combination with MAOIs.

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Translating, if chacruna leafs containing DMT, stomach enzymes destroy it immediately without experiencing the least effect, so that through the MAO present in the vine, which acts as an enhancer, absorb DMT. The plant Psychotria viridis, chacruna contains DMT as major alkaloid, which also occurs naturally in our body.

The chemical structure of the DMT, is closely related to the chemical structure of hormones or neurotransmitters, which are naturally secreted by the brain. These physiological agents play a very important role in the biochemistry of mental functioning.

Just as the drink Ayahuasca DMT, our own brain, secretes a substance that is responsible for night dreams. That is, when a person falls asleep, meditate, your brain begins to secrete a chemical equivalent of DMT in ayahuasca, which allows precisely that the person dreaming. The effect of drinking Ayahuasca, then, is like experiencing a dream about, but while we are awake, lucid dreams. Feeling the effects of ayahuasca, is like dreaming, but with full awareness of the content of the images and emotional content that stain sleep. That is, access to infinite information contained in our sub-conscious or spiritual world.

“The psychological effects of ayahuasca consumption have been studied by psychiatrists and psychologists for several years. Was determined that the use of psychoactive substances present in some plants can modify the states of consciousness and produce positive therapeutic results in treating diseases such as drug dependency. ” (Zavala Lopez 1995).

There are many scientific research on the chemistry of ayahuasca and its physiological effects and can say the following: toxicity is zero, consumption in a controlled environment without side effects and does not cause addiction, one of its uses precisely the treatment of dependencies in the detoxification of drug addiction.

Josep M ª Fericgla states: “… after thousands of years of consumption in the Amazon there is not a single record of misuse, for poisoning or accidents as a result of its use. There have been cases of abuse or addiction to this substance is not toxic, does not create dependency and not a single case of crime associated with their consumption. “

Even if in passing, it is worth remembering that our biochemical efforts have highlighted the human body secretes components (methylated tryptamines and beta-carbolines) whose regulation is related to the time with some mental disorders and states of spiritual elevation, and it is the same substance that most products contain hallucinogens, especially ayahuasca. In most cases little is known about how such psychoactive substances act in normal individuals, although they are known to be associated with sleep and onirogénesis “. (Fericgla 2001).

For over a component containing entheogenic (DMT), Ayahuasca can not be considered a drug.

The amount of DMT containing each dose of ayahuasca varies from one village to another, but strangely exceeds 25 mg per dose or 0.53 mg / ml for 1 is the concentration found in ayahuasca used for modern pharmacology studies conducted in Spain. A substance that contains DMT to be considered drug must contain at least 2% in the case of Ayahuasca that figure is 0.02%, 100 times less than the minimum rate required to be labeled as a drug.

Its consumption should never be out of context which are sacred ritual, spiritual and therapeutic. And it has profound introspection that reveals pleasant experiences or repressed, so that recreational use, recreational or dependence is unlikely and inappropriate. Instead of generating addiction causes the opposite effect because filling the existential vacuum that led you to take drugs, and depth of experience, requiring some time between takes to digest what happened and integrate learning.

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