Abstract Title:

Is Ayahuasca an Option for the Treatment of Crack Cocaine Dependence?

Abstract Source:

J Psychoactive Drugs. 2018 Apr 2:1-9. Epub 2018 Apr 2. PMID: 29608428

Abstract Author(s):

Joselaine Ida Cruz, Solange Aparecida Nappo

Article Affiliation:

Joselaine Ida Cruz


The low efficacy of crack cocaine addiction treatment available in Brazil has led Brazilian users to find alternatives to reduce drug consumption or even to reach abstinence. One of them is the use of entheogenic substances, like ayahuasca, an infusion obtained from two native plant species from the Amazon. The present report aimed to understand how crack cocaine users recover from drug addiction by consuming ayahuasca tea in a religious context. This is a qualitative study with a purposeful sample of 40 crack cocaine users, based on in-depth, semi-structured interviews. Participants reported that ayahuasca allowed them to access a consciousness dimension which enabled them to solve problems and traumas and reduce crack cocaine consumption. The religious ceremony increased the user's spirituality and the reception from the community gave them a sense of self-esteem, strengthening them in an emotional and social way. That positive experience has been incorporated into the daily routine of most participants. Findings indicate that ayahuasca, in a religious context, may have therapeutic value for crack cocaine dependence treatment.

Study Type : Human Study

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