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Mariya Garnet, Ayahuasquera

Personally all the ayahuasca ceremonies I have attended or conducted have not resulted in anything so serious and it is because we do screen people for potential mental illness, history of psychosis, medication and supplements interactions. Working slowly with an experienced facilitator is the key to safe work. I don't want to go into all scary scenarios of the worst possibilities, but yes, strong plants and substances can trigger psychosis and latent mental illness. "Shrooms" are sacred plants and medicine, which are being misused even sometimes with the best intentions.

Joe Tafur, MD

I have seen some pretty bad outcomes. I myself work within a shamanic context with advanced healers, our work is based in Peru, where we use ayahuasca in a ceremonial context. Within that expertise it is possible to help people through difficult experiences, and help them beyond those experiences

Shima Espahbodi, PhD

I think each case needs to be looked at individually - what was the experience of the 'bad trip' ? What did you see, hear, feel, experience? What i have seen is that often when people talk about/have bad trips they are referring to experiences of troublesome, unconscious memories for which they had no preparation or support. Hence my earlier point about unpredictability and importance of having trusting, experienced healers/facilitators. Some say there is no such thing as a bad trip, and those 'journeys' which are difficult are doing the deep work needed to face ones shadow, surrender and release what is not serving you. The 'worst' outcome i know of was somebody who took lsd recreationally and during the journey many repressed memories of deeply traumatic childhood events came flooding to conscious awareness. these memories had been buried for many years until the trip. It was a kind of re-traumatisation as this person had no idea this would happen and consequently needed medical attention. Unconscious memories, emotions, and fears can often be released during psychedelic journeys - that is why preparation, integration and context is very important

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Heroic Hearts Project

This was an honest mistake by our team when we erroneously copy pasted Mariya's answer to another question too. We coordinate responses from Jesse on the road and our guests and sometimes "the wrong window" mistakes do happen. Our sincere apologies, this was not Mariya posting the same answer twice

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Jesse Gould

It all happens without anyone going anywhere. For now I’m running all by my lonesome and everyone else are in comfy computer chairs

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Heroic Hearts Project

People with a history of psychosis are not able to participate in ayahuasca ceremonies. PTSD does not generally fall under that spectrum and many people were able to successfully address their trauma with ayahuasca and psychedelics in general

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Yuriy from Heroic Hearts Project

Such internships are in popular demand nowadays among grad students! We actually will be opening an internship at our organization soon. We definitely could use some help with our community outreach work. If you're interested in applying, please send me an email at [email protected] and we can discuss

Reaching out directly to researchers and asking thoughtful and specific questions about their research is always a good idea too.

Update from Yuriy: I would like to clarify that my suggestion of a communications & outreach internship does not imply that I encourage grad school scientists to do marketing for us. Heroic Hearts Project itself does not have research internships and I wanted to simply offer and share what we do have at the moment for those interested in helping out our project. Please do check Bryce's response below for a lot more direction on the topic of scientific research internships. Sorry for the confusion