It is important to review the topics below before you start a journey with sacred plant brews! Please read carefully before you decide to participate in a ceremony. Click on the topics below for more information about the subject.
Before you drink a brew from Sacred Plants, it is important for us to know if you are physically and mentally prepared to take this medicine. That is why we ask everyone who registers to first fill in an intake form. Sometimes telephone contact is necessary. In case of a history of psychoses, schizophrenia or borderline, we do not recommend taking part in a workshop. If you have a past with physical complaints such as cardiovascular diseases, severe kidney problems, strokes, cerebral infarctions, severe neurological disorders, or epilepsy, we also advise against participating in one of our workshops. See also: Who is Plant Medicines for?
When you start drinking Sacred Plant brews, it is important that you have followed a form of diet beforehand. The MAO-inhibiting effect of the drink requires following an appropriate diet for approximately three days in advance. The MAO in Sacred Plant brews is in fact a reversible inhibitor of Monoamine Oxidase or a RIMA. RIMAs have a shorter effect than the pharmaceutical variant of a MAOI. Nevertheless, combination with certain antidepressants and other emotional oppressors must be avoided at all costs or it can lead to life-threatening situations! In addition, it can have a damping or strengthening effect (with panic as a result) on your journey. Therefore always prepare well in advance if you use one of these medications. In addition, there is a list of substances that may cause nausea or headaches.
MAO stands for Monoamine Oxidase; two enzymes, MAO-A and MAO-B, occur naturally within the human gastrointestinal tract. The MAO barriers are a safety mechanism that protects us from lightly hazardous food. For example: Without these enzymes, a slice of old cheese could floor us.
Although it is often said that the Sacred Plant medicine is an MAO-inhibitor, we are actually talking about a RIMA, a reversible inhibitor of Monoamine Oxidase. There are some significant differences between an MAOI and a RIMA. First of all, MAOIs last much longer; pharmaceutical MAOIs tend to linger for a few days to a few weeks. RIMAs, on the other hand, only last a few hours. Sacred Plant brews RIMA mechanism also shows a more selective inhibition than its synthetic counterparts. These differences explain why there are no known victims of Sacred Plant brews, as opposed to the incidental deaths caused by synthetic MAOI drugs.
There is also evidence that the harmala alkaloids of the drug act exclusively on MAO-A, in a mechanism similar to Moclobemide, an anti-depressant with no dietary restrictions. For other antidepressants (e.g. SSRI's), so find out if you are taking these medications!
Many foods contain the amino acid "tyramine". A certain amount of tyramine is no problem for our system. But if the MAO enzymes are inhibited, tyramine can be freely absorbed, in larger amounts than our body can handle. When tyramine enters our system, it moves the stored adrenaline in our adrenal glands. Once adrenaline is dumped into our bloodstream, it can lead to a hypertensive crisis, which can then lead to severe headaches, excessive sweating, enlarged pupils, stiff neck, palpitations, high blood pressure and, in severe cases, heart failure. Releasing excess adrenaline can also cause feelings of anxiety and ultimately panic, which only makes the situation worse.
The drug does not fully inhibit the breakdown of tyramine, allowing the body to regulate it to a certain extent. Therefore, there are no known victims as a result of eating food containing tyramine while the drug was being taken, but it is still wise to proceed with caution and this is especially true for people with high blood pressure or known heart problems.
- Meat that is not fresh, liver in particular - Processed meat, such as sausage, pepperoni, salami, etc. - Protein extracts - Protein dietary supplements - Ripened cheese - Fish which are not fresh or have undergone any kind of processing (e.g., gutted, gutted, gutted, gutted, gutted, gutted, gutted, etc.) Smoked, fermented, (b) the product has not been subjected to any treatment (e.g. tinned or dried). - Yeast in any form (bread is possible because it doesn't contain much yeast) - Soy sauce and fermented soybean paste - Fermented tofu - Fermented bean curd - Canned soup, broth or any soup containing protein extracts - Miso soup - Sauerkraut - Crushed or overripe fruit - Dried fruit including, but not limited to, dried grapes and figs - Avocado and guacamole - Each alcoholic beverage and its non-alcoholic variations (e.g. non-alcoholic beer) - Dairy products which have not been refrigerated or which are close to their expiry date - Shrimp paste - Broad beans - Aspartame - Large quantities of peanuts - Large quantities of raspberries - Large quantities of spinach
In general, you should try to avoid eating food rich in tyramine at least 24 hours before and after the use of a Holy Plant Medicine, and check the quantities of these products yourself. Our advice is to be moderate if you don't know what the effects will be for you
Always use alternative medicines only after consultation with a doctor! This also applies to all health herbs and vitamin preparations.
We advise you not to take recreational drugs at least one week in advance. Special attention should be paid to the drugs and medications that work on the Serotonin receptors as these in combination with an MAOI can cause the so-called life-threatening serotonin syndrome. This applies to MDMA (XTC) and MDMA-related substances. The use of Marijuana and/or Hash is also better to leave for a while, as we have noticed that the use of these substances makes it difficult for some participants to enter the trip.
Leave alcohol for a while, we recommend 3 days before and after the ceremony not to consume alcohol. In general money, the purer your body and mind are, the deeper you will be able to go and the more you get out of the experience.
It is possible that afterwards you notice that you have eaten something that should not be combined with an MAO-inhibitor.
You may also have eaten something unnoticed that should not be combined with an MAO-inhibitor. The following complaints can then arise: - severe headache - feeling of intense unrest - dizziness - not being able to see well anymore - overall "lousy" feeling.
In both cases, but also in the case of other sudden complaints that you cannot explain during the ceremony, it is wise to report this immediately to us or to one of the supervisors.