Benjamin Mudge – The Therapeutic Potential Of Ayahuasca For People With Bipolar Disorder
Given the evidence indicating ayahuasca’s efficacy for treating Depression, I question whether ayahuasca is safe and effective for treating Bipolar Disorder? There is concern that ayahuasca would trigger mania in people with Bipolar Disorder, but my research indicates that particular conditions of ceremony – involving ayahuasca teas made with particular brewing techniques – can facilitate a mood-stabilising medicinal benefit for people with Bipolar Disorder, without side- effects. There are cases of manic/depressive symptoms worsening with ayahuasca, so I analyse the circumstances influencing these results. In addition to set and setting, brewing technique strongly influences the outcomes: there are dangers for people with Bipolar Disorder drinking ayahuasca brewed with too much MAOI content, fermented Ayahuasca, or ayahuasca combined with other psychoactive substances. The many positive anecdotes, together with lessons learned from bad experiences and laboratory research, will inform a specific protocol for people with Bipolar Disorder to drink Ayahuasca safely and with medicinal benefit.
Filmed at Breaking Convention 2017 – 4th International Conference on Psychedelic Consciousness University of Greenwich London, June 30th-July 2nd 2017
The Temple of the Way of Light is a pioneering ayahuasca retreat center that works with indigenous Shipibo male and female healers in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. The Temple emphasises integration as a pillar of the healing and personal growth process, providing a strong network of support during and after the retreats. Via collaborations with ICEERS and the Beckley Foundation, the Temple is also at the forefront of psychedelic research.
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