Drinking Ayahuasca | Hot or Cold?

Published: Feb 24, 2023
Edited by: Team TB

Drinking Ayahuasca | Hot or Cold?

A thing in relation to using Ayahuasca not often addressed is if the Ayahuasca brew, typically called Ayahuasca tea, should be drunk hot or cold.

In fact, should Ayahuasca be taken lukewarm, warm, or maybe at room temperature, or perhaps rather cold, and so on. Thus, what would be the best temperature to ingest the brew?

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The question arises because one or the other would perhaps be better for the stomach or intestines, maybe avoids nausea and vomiting, or maybe improves the psychedelic trip itself.

In Ayahuasca retreats you will often see that — after having cooked the brew — the tea is kept in bottles at room temperature, but the general idea is that the effects of Ayahuasca stay the same whether one drinks it lukewarm, warm, hot, or cold.

In the actual Ayahuasca ceremonies held during retreats, the tea can be served at different temperatures, all depending on the retreat facilitator or Shaman. In fact, they usually serve it at room temperature, lukewarm, or warm.

Other people, in private situations, often store their Ayahuasca tea in the fridge or freezer to prolong its durability. Those who do so generally claim that the effects have stayed the same as before having cooled or frozen the tea.

In any case, some users say that the generally unpleasant taste of Ayahuasca is somewhat more bearable if the brew is taken cold, because the bitter, muddy taste is then less pronounced. In general, however, it’s better for your body to drink beverages warm or at room temperature.


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