There’s been a great deal of interest in studying Ayahuasca, a potent South American medicinal tea that contains N, N-dimethlytrptaime or DMT, for the potential to treat depression, PTSD, mental health disorders, and anxiety. The whole experience with ayahuasca is about 8 hours long and can be accompanied by what the natives call ‘la purga,’ vomiting and diarrhea. Here are some facts to consider about the tea:

1. Combat Depression

Some research shows that ayahuasca is usable to combat depression. Long term ayahuasca users show an increase in the density of serotonin receptors. Anti-depressants actually reduce the density of these receptors over time. Ayahuasca isn’t addictive and is completely harmless.

2. Discovery

It must have taken a long time for Amazon natives to figure out that, of the 40,000 plants in the Amazon, mixing the ayahuasca vine and the psychotria shrub together would produce this incredible tea. And the two absolutely require one another in order for it to work.

3. Tourism

There’s an industry booming around ayahuasca: that is ayahuasca tourism. People are traveling to the Amazon from all around the world to get a taste of the tea and experience its potential healing powers themselves.

4. Treat PTSD

Veterans suffering from PTSD are trying ayahuasca in the hope that it will help heal their PTSD. The tea is known to send people into a dream state where traumatic experiences can be unlocked and reprocessed. This helps detach the fear and negativity from them.

5. Religious Uses

Two religious groups in the US, Santo Daime and Uniao De Vegetal, have been permitted to use ayahuasca on US soil after winning court cases in the US.