If you find yourself in Washington state, you can now visit Ayahuasca Healings, the first legal ayahuasca church in the U.S. There, you’ll be able to personally experience what DMT soup for the soul is really like.
For those unfamiliar with ayahuasca, it is a powerful Amazonian hallucinogenic plant mixture, cooked down to a tea or soup, containing the more widely used drug DMT. Ayahuasca has been used for generations by indigenous peoples as a way to interact with one’s innermost being. The plant mixture causes intense visions, self reflection, and most notably, lots (and we mean lots) of vomiting.
According to Munchies, the Peruvian-based Ayahuasca Healings has been granted legal standing as the first U.S. ayahuasca church, and will open their house of worship on a 160-acre plot of land in Elbe, Washington.
To participate in the ayahuasca ceremonies legally, you must be a member of the church, but it appears that it will be open to the public. Ayahuasca has been used to reflect on and help resolve issues ranging from addiction to PTSD. The process of an ayahuasca trip is guided by a shaman, and follows traditional ceremonies and dress.
Munchies caught up with Trinity de Guzman, one of the founders of Ayahuasca Healings, and found out the thing that we were most concerned with: how the ayahuasca tea tastes.
“It does not taste good. It’s very bitter. It’s made from a vine, so it tastes like tree bark—it’s not very tasty. It’s a combination of eating dirt and bitter. But it’s generally about two ounces, so you can ingest it really quickly.”
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