Ayahuasca retreat in Tenerife

The Canary Islands is one of the best places in Europe to experience the healing power of Ayahuasca

Tenerife, a Spanish island nearby the shores of the Sahara desert, is one of Europe’s best places to attend an Ayahuasca retreat. Ayahuasca is not considered illegal in Spain and the Canary islands have strong cultural ties to South America, where the hallucinogenic brew was invented. A perfect year-long climate in a picturesque natural setting and a dedicated psychedelic community alongside committed psychedelic community and mental health specialists, provides a near-perfect opportunity to get deep, therapeutic insights and trigger long-term positive improvements in spiritual well-being.

For anyone who is locked in negative thought patterns, an ayahuasca retreat can be a life-changing experience. Ayahuasca is likely one of the best instruments for establishing a deep connection with one’s self, the universe, and other human beings when combined with the power of nature, modern psychotherapy, and old shamanic rituals.

 

Ayahuasca

Ayahuasca is a brew produced from the leaves of the Psychotria Viridis shrub and the stalks of the Banisteriopsis caapi vine, though other natural compounds can be included as well. Ancient Amazonian tribes employed this drink for spiritual and religious purposes, and some religious communities in Brazil and North America, such as the Santo Daime, still use it as a sacred beverage. The brew is traditionally prepared by boiling torn leaves of the Psychotria Viridis shrub and stalks of the Banisteriopsis caapi vine in water by a shaman or curandero — an experienced healer who leads Ayahuasca rites.

DMT is considered by some to be the most crucial ayahuasca molecule. It works by binding to 5HT2A receptors in the brain, just like psilocybin (found in magic mushrooms). Other receptors, such as sigma-1, bind to it as well. Unlike psilocybin, however, DMT is swiftly degraded by the body. The effects of the medication in its pure form endure only 15–30 minutes. The additional chemicals in ayahuasca considerably prolong the effects of DMT. They have the ability to extend the experience for up to 5–8 hours.

New research on the effects of ayahuasca on brain function and potential clinical applications suggests that it has some benefits on mental health. Preliminary findings in clinical settings suggest that the drug has anxiolytic and antidepressant properties, as well as a reduction in suicidality in persons with treatment-resistant depression. Clinical trials have shown gains in hopefulness, empowerment, mindfulness, quality of life, as well as reductions in self-reported usage of tobacco, alcohol, and cocaine.