"Ayahuasca is a way of making available DMT, a very powerful stimulator of seretonin receptors in the brain," says David Nutt, founder of Drug Science, and the former chair of the advisory council on the misuse of drugs. "Basically, DMT doesn't normally get into the body because it's broken down by the stomach. But what native Americans learned hundreds of years ago was that if you make a drink with the plant product that contains DMT, and mix it with a bark product, the bark product acts as a blocking agent and the DMT can get into the body."
Ayahuasca ceremonies are for those people who seek a responsible way of elevating their self awareness and consciousness.
The ceremonies are lead by people with years of experience taking Ayahuasca and they are well versed in dealing with different situations that may arise within ceremony. Logistically, one person leads the ceremony, while other experienced assistants support the participants, in order to provide a safe environment for you to go through the experience with peace of mind. It is important for you to feel safe, especially if this is the first time you are taking Ayahuasca and so choose a shaman to provide such a space.