WHAT ABOUT DRUGS AND MEDICATION?
There are a number of drugs that do not mix well with Ayahuasca. Unlike food and drink, which possibly tend to produce discomfort in various degrees, mixing Ayahuasca with pharmaceutical drugs can cause more serious problems, depending on the actual drug. If you are on a medication, make sure to check the compatibility with ayahuasca.
WHICH FOOD AND DRINK SHOULD BE AVOIDED?
The following food drink contain high amounts of tyramine:
Meat that is not fresh – especially liver.
Processed meats such as sausage, bologna, pepperoni, salami etc
Protein dietary supplements
Any fish that is not fresh or has undergone some form of treatment (for example, smoked, fermented, pickled or dried fish etc.)
Yeast in any form
Soy sauce and fermented soybean paste
Fermented bean curd
Canned soup, bouillon or ant soup with protein extracts in.
Fruit that is bruised or overripe.
Dried fruits including, but not exclusive to, raisins and figs.
Avocado and guacamole
Any alcoholic drinks and their non-alcoholic variants (for example non-alcoholic beer).
Dairy products that have not been refrigerated or are close to their expiration date.
Large amounts of peanuts
Large amounts of raspberries
Large amounts of spinach
Large amounts of chocolate
HOW LONG SHOULD THIS FOOD AND DRINK BE AVOIDED FOR?
Generally speaking, you should try to avoid these substances for 24 hours before and after taking Ayahuasca.
WHICH DRUGS MUST BE AVOIDED?
The following type’s drugs are unsuitable for use with Ayahuasca:
SSRI’s (any selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor)
Appetite suppressants (diet pills)
CNS (central nervous system) depressants
Amphetamines (including meth and dex, variants)
Antihypertensives (high blood pressure medicine)
Medicine for asthma, bronchitis, or other breathing problems
Antihistamines, medicines for colds, sinus problems, hay fever, or allergies (Actifed DM, Benadryl, Benylin, Chlor-Trimeton, Compoz, etc.)
Specific drugs and herbs to be avoided:
Amantadine hydrochloride (Symmetrel)
Carbamazepine (Tegretol, Epitol)
Flavoxate Hydrochloride (Urispas)
Levodopa (Dopar, Larodopa)
Oxybutynin chloride (Ditropan)
St John Wart
Tricyclic antidepressants (Amitriptyline, Elavil)
HOW LONG SHOULD DRUGS AND HERBS BE AVOIDED FOR?
Anywhere between 24 hours to 6 months before and after taking Ayahusasca depending on the drug. Consult a doctor for more info on mixing drugs with MAO inhibitors.
WHAT THEN CAN I EAT?
As a rule of thumb, all fresh fruit and vegetable are good. If it‘s aged or factory-processed, avoid it.
Disclaimer: Our list in not exhaustive, please take the information with a degree of caution and common sense as other things may also interact badly. We are not medically trained or qualified to give medical advice. We can take no responsibility for adverse side affects you may experience. If in any doubt, consult a doctor.