Safety and Medical Conditions
There are no doctors or nurses on staff at The Way Inn. The Way Inn is not a medical facility. We do not provide medical care beyond first aid, but we can answer any questions and concerns regarding medications and/or conditions concerning ayahuasca that you have prior to your retreat.
While ayahuasca is generally safe for healthy adults, there are some medical conditions and medications that do not mix well with ayahuasca and could potentially pose some danger.
Medications and Supplements
Several medications and supplements, including but not limited to MAO inhibiting medications, SSRIs, and/or anti-depressants (including St John’s Wort), and other medications should NOT be taken with ayahuasca. In fact, these medications should be ceased two weeks prior to your retreat. It can be quite dangerous to mix these with ayahuasca and can even be fatal.
At The Way Inn, guests are not allowed to take any sort of medications, vitamins, or supplements while on retreat. Because of this, if you cannot safely stop taking any sort of medication for the duration of the trip, you will not be allowed to participate in any retreats. If you are taking something prescribed by a doctor, you will need to talk with your doctor about weaning you off of your medications in time for your visit. Depending on the medication, we require 2-4 weeks of no medications in your system.
For your safety, people with the following health conditions will not be able to visit The Way Inn and should not drink ayahuasca:
- High blood pressure
- Diabetes, including “low blood sugar” and “hypoglycemia”
- Schizophrenic disorder
- Heart disease or any current/past issues relating to heart problems
- Epilepsy and other seizure related conditions
- Infectious or contagious disease
- Suicidal ideation
- Someone taking MAO inhibitors or anti psychotic medication
- Mental Illness: If you are being treated for mental illness, you must talk with your doctor as to the use of ayahuasca. If your doctor approves, you must stop taking any anti-depressants or mood altering medications at least 2 weeks prior to visiting The Way Inn.
- Tobacco Sensitivity: Tobacco is an important part of Amazonian shamanism, and it is frequently used by the maestros during ceremony. If you have a hyper sensitivity to tobacco smoke, let us know prior to booking your trip.
It is imperative and your responsibility that you let us know if you are on any medication, have any serious health problems, infectious or contagious disease prior to booking your visit with The Way Inn.
Please contact us with any questions regarding our health and medication policies at firstname.lastname@example.org. All conversations about your medical conditions and history are strictly confidential.