Get clarity on the potential therapeutic benefits and the risks of drinking ayahuasca.

Taught by renowned psychiatrist and ayahuasca researcher Dr. Luís Fernando Tófoli, Ph.D, this course offers an overview of the benefits and risks of ayahuasca for mental health, wellbeing and spirituality.

In this short course, you’ll learn about:

  • Key risks and benefits of drinking ayahuasca
  • Differences between mental disorders and spiritual crises
  • Potentials of the therapeutic use of ayahuasca
  • An integrated understanding of the biological, psychological and spiritual dynamics of ayahuasca healing.

"Luís Fernando Tófoli presents a clear and comprehensive review of the potential risks and benefits of the ancient plant medicine, ayahuasca. Dr. Tófoli's video-lessons at kahpi provide an excellent synthesis of various psychospiritual and neurobiological perspectives."

Dr. Charles Grob ~ Professor of Psychiatry, University of California Los Angeles

There are many stories circulating the Internet about how ayahuasca may heal addiction, PTSD, depression and other mental health problems. There are also stories circulating widely about the dangers of drinking ayahuasca. But what does science say about the healing potentials and the risks of drinking ayahuasca?

In this fast-pace course, you'll gain trusted knowledge about ayahuasca and mental health from a foremost authority in the field of ayahuasca research. Presenting easy-to-understand lessons, Dr. Luís Fernando Tófoli showcases the golden nuggets of research on the therapeutic benefits of ayahuasca. He also explains in clear lessons the risks of drinking ayahuasca. 

Dr. Tófoli debunks some popular myths while providing vital safety precautions so you can gain confidence about the benefits and risks of ayahuasca. Dr. Tófoli also teaches us about the therapeutic significance of ritual, the psychology of ayahuasca healing, and the enchantment of ayahuasca beyond healing. He draws upon large-scale and small-scale studies and a wealth of personal experience as a psychiatrist engaged with ayahuasca communities.

Course curriculum

  • 01
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    • Course and Teacher Introduction (1:07)
  • 02
    Ayahuasca and Mental Health Safety
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    • The Risk of Psychosis (10:34)
    • Interaction with Antidepressants and Other Drugs ~ Serotonin Syndrome Revisited (7:13)
    • Interaction with Antidepressants and Other Drugs ~ Ritual Effects and Some Practical Recommendations (3.38)
    • Mental Disorder or Spiritual Crisis? (9:46)
  • 03
    The Therapeutic Use of Ayahuasca
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    • Potentials for Treating Substance Misuse (9:39)
    • Potentials for Treating Common Mental Disorders (8:39)
    • Why is Ayahuasca Not an Official Western Medicine? (5:34)
    • Can Ayahuasca Be Used as a Western Medicine? (7:59)
  • 04
    How Ayahuasca May be Therapeutic?
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    • Neurobiological Hypotheses (7:39)
    • Placing Neuroimaging in Perspective (3:42)
    • The Psychological Dimension (8:29)
    • Integrating Biological, Psychological, Social and Spiritual Perspectives (8:25)

Dr. Luís Fernando Tófoli

Meet Your Instructor

Luís Fernando Tófoli is a psychiatrist, professor and researcher at the University of Campinas, Brazil. He currently studies the health effects of the ritual use of ayahuasca and the therapeutic application of this natural preparation and other psychedelics for mental disorders, with a special focus on alcohol-related disorders. He is an expert on drug and mental health public policies, with a focus on psychosocial rehabilitation, mental health primary care and public policies for drug related disorders. He has also experience with education for the health professions. Finally, he is an anti-drug war activist in Brazil.
Dr. Luís Fernando Tófoli


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