2020 Articles

Volume 2 Issue 3


A Case Report of an Individual’s Experience Participating in a Traditional Costa Rican Ayahuasca Ceremony

George T. Naratadam, BS; Jason Narikkattu, MS; Safeer Shah MD

Volume 2 Issue 3


Historical evidence has shown the potential efficacy of psychedelic drugs in the treatment of psychiatric diseases. Reporting psychedelic drug experiences in biomedical academic literature is critical to the progress of psychedelic psychiatry research and the potential implementation of psychedelics as therapeutics. Ayahuasca is a plant-based compound with hallucinogenic properties used by South American shamans to treat various psychological ailments. This report describes the case of a 25-year-old male’s experience participating in a traditional Costa Rican ayahuasca ceremony and the immediate and long-term effects of the therapy on the participant.