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Banisteriopsis Caapi

Updated on April 12, 2011

Banisteriopsis caapi, a vine, is the main ingredient of 'ayahuasca, a traditional medicinal tea in the Amazon region. The same vine is also called ayahuasca, or a number of other names, such as natéma, mihi, Kahi, Pinda, daPa, yagé, Honi nixi xuma and hoasca. This plant is one of the most talked about in the world of 'Ethnobotany and ethnomedicine.It is a herbal plant.

Some indigenous peoples can be distinguished more than 40 varieties. Two varieties that are common are Ourinhos and Trueno. The 'Ourinhos "literally means' a bit of gold" and this variety is apparently the one used by the churches of' ayahuasca-drinking this drink in a ceremonial (Santo Daime, UDV and Barquinha). Some say the name comes from the color of the infusion made with this variety.

"Trueno" means "thunder" and some say that this variety because the physical effects of high intensity.




Indigenous shamans and others say they can reach altered states of mind using an infusion only B. caapi. This requires much practice. In addition there are 72 tribes we know who drink ayahuasca vine and insist that this is their "teacher plant", who provides detailed information on other plants. They claim B. caapi is responsible for their excellent botanical knowledge.


In most cases you add a second plant for the fermentation, the mixture that contains DMT. This compound is inactive when taken orally. B. caapi, however, temporarily render ineffective the body's enzymes that break down the DMT. This is called oxidase inhibition, which is the main effect of psychopharmacological B. caapi.




You must crush the vine with something heavy like a hammer, until the wires have not become soft. The shredded, which saves the hammer, but the vineyard may be a bit 'in the less powerful psychedelic effects.


The screw should be shredded in a pot with water and bring to a boil. Once you reach the boiling point, you leave on low heat for 4 to 12 hours, depending on the preferences of those who make the infusion. Usually you continue to add water during the entire process to ensure that there is enough water to dissolve all the active ingredients. Once the process is finished, the plant material is filtered with a t-shirt or something like that and the infusion is boiled down to a drinkable amount.


Some recipes add various quantities of lemon juice or vinegar to speed up the extraction process. Sometimes the plant material is used for 2 or 3 separate drawings, each 60 to 120 minutes, which are then mixed in a pan and a small quantity drinking.


Typical doses when ayahuasca is used alone are between 25 and 150 grams, depending on the variety, quality, aim and, of course, the sensitivity of the individual. When the ayahuasca is used instead in a fermented beverage that also contains DMT, the lower doses ranging from 50 to 100 grams from 100 grams to 150 for higher doses.


Some people use B. caapi before 'ingestion of other psychedelics, psilocybin mushrooms in general. According to some, this prolongs and intensifies the effects of mushrooms, and alters the general direction of this experience. According to a variety of different factors, are generally used a quantity of 25 grams.


B. caapi contiengono substances MAO inhibitors. This means it can be very dangerous when combined with certain foods or other psychoactive that are totally harmless when taken alone.


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      Noah Hornberger 4 years ago

      Banisteriopsis Caapi cured many issues of my personality. It is truly a therapeutic agent completely overlooked in favor of harsh man-made chemicals.

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      Elena@LessIsHealthy 6 years ago

      This is new to me, and has a long history....