DMT (AKA "the spirit molecule") is a common molecule found in plants, animals, and fungi. There is DMT in your body, right now! But there are also enzymes breaking down that DMT.
Specific enzymes, called monamine oxidases or MAOs, naturally occur throughout your body: in your blood, liver, stomach, brain, intestines, etc. Basically, MAOs seek DMT - wherever, whenever - and break it down. They also break down excess amino acids, like tyramine, effectively regulating blood pressure on a day-to-day basis.
These molecular breakdowns, though apparently automatic, can be temporarily controlled or halted with something called a monoamine oxidase inhibitor, or MAOI. Many pharmaceutical antidepressants are classified as MAOIs; they inhibit the breakdown of DMT, effectively causing anti-depressant effects. The primary ingredient in Ayahuasca is, in fact, an MAOI as well.
Ayahuasca is an entheogenic tea made with the Banisteriopsis caapi vine (commonly called "Caapi b" or even "Ayahuasca"). This vine contains MAOIs and, to a lesser extent, serotonin reuptake inhibitors. When people ingest tea made from Caapi b, they temporarily change how their brains break down DMT and absorb serotonin.
Though it is not technically necessary, the Caapi b vine is often combined with a plant additive. Traditional mixtures include the leaves of tobacco, chacruna, or even cocaine. Again... the vine inhibits people's ability to break down DMT, which is not only in the plants they are ingesting, but also in within their own bodies!
When people drink Ayahuasca, they interrupt their typical process for typical things, like dreaming or digesting spinach. To stay safe, they must avoid certain foods, drugs, and medicines before, during, and after an Ayahuasca ceremony.
That. Is. It.
There are tons of other ways to see and say it. Maybe an Ayahuasca diet is supposed to cleanse your body, clarify your mind, honor your spirit, test your dedication, or challenge your intention. And maybe (definitely), you are already clean. You have a clear calling and commitment, with appropriate religious respect and necessary spiritual practices. You have a kind heart, a healing being, and a deep need for respectful relationships.
Foods that are high in tyramine
If you try eating a blade of grass, or a hundred blades of grass, or even a hundred thousand, you'll be ingesting a significant amount of DMT, but you
There are exceptions though! First of all, it's worth pointing out that DMT is actively transported across the blood-brain barrier, so
In 2013, researchers reported finding DMT in the pineal gland of rodents — the pineal gland in the brain produces melatonin (a hormone derived from serotonin) which affects sleep patterns and circadian rhythms. This study sparked the widespread assertion that DMT occurs in the human pineal gland and is released during dreams as well as at or shortly before birth and death, but the claim still needs to be scientifically verified with further research.
(that being said, the brain "actively transports DMT across the blood-brain barrier into its tissues," so lol at
DMT is rumored to be produced in the pineal gland (this is unproven, but many ayahuasca diets still encourage you to go flouride-free because flouride calcifies the pineal gland or third eye)
(it is rumored to be produced in the pineal gland, but you can always just ask your body for the truth)
one does not have to smoke DMT to have the experience. You only have to convince your brain that you have done this, and it then delivers this staggering altered state."
Ask your body where DMT is produced, and where it is broken down
DMT is rumored to be produced in the pineal gland - hence “advice” like “use fluoride-free toothpaste”
Ayahuasca is an entheogenic tea made with the Banisteriopsis caapi vine (commonly called "Caapi b" or even "Ayahuasca"). This vine contains monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) and, to a lesser extent, serotonin reuptake inhibitors.
DMT (AKA "the spirit molecule") is a common molecule found in plants, animals, and fungi. There is DMT in your body, right now! And there are enzymes that
Researchers note Ayahuasca's anti-depressant effects, and
Though the vine can technically be the only active ingredient, most often, the tea is mixed with at least one kind of plant, such as chacruna, tobacco, or even cocaine!
Researchers note some similarities between pharmaceutical antidepressants and the anti-depressant effects of Ayahuasca.
the history of DMT
Example of an Aya-friendly diet
Foods to avoid with MAOIs
These foods have high amounts of tyramine:
- Anything fermented, cured, aged, pickled, or spoiled, including...
- strong cheeses
- cured or smoked meats
- overripe fruits (including bananas and avocados)
- soy products (miso soup, bean curd, tofu)
- some beans - like fava
- many sauces, like soy and teriyaki
- Other surprising things, like...
- bouillion cubes
- protein powders
- sourdough bread
Other surprising things, like...
icy and spicy things
You are already clean.
many Aya diets are quite similar to ketogenic diets. You can google "keto recipes" or "keto ideas" and find lots of snack ideas!
Ayahuasca diets allow you to have unsalted nuts (just not peanuts) and unsalted seeds.