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Illinois bundleflower (Desmanthus illinoensis)

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Anahuasca is another word for “ayahuasca analogue”, which is any brew made from a DMT-bearing plant and a plant that makes the otherwise orally ineffective DMT active, a so-called MAO-inhibiting plant. Such brews are becoming increasingly popular in Western society. These days quite a range of DMT-bearing species is available to choose from, Desmanthus illinoensis, a relatively recent discovery in Western psychonavigation, being one of the more suitable.


D. illinoensis is nowadays used primarily in combination with Peganum harmala to make anahuasca, which is a psychedelic infusion similar to ayahuasca. The effects can best be described as a physical and mental purge, combined with a 4 hour connection with the otherwise imperceptible. The purge is typically not as strong as with ayahuasca.

The intensity depends on many factors, so many drinkers have to build up some experience and have weak effects in the beginning. When the effects are weak, most drinkers experience something similar to a low dose of psilocybin mushrooms or LSD, combined with stomach cramps in the first 2 hours.

In the case of strong effects, most people experience a drastic change in the interpretation of reality or even some kind of transport of all the senses to another dimension. Anahuasca is known for its strong visions of the bright side and the dark side. The visions tell stories about the drinker and everything else in the universe. Many people don't get visions, however, and experience anahuasca through the other senses. Some people get diarrhoea and have to vomit.

An extract of the roots can be used as an incense, and induces a 15 minute psychedelic experience, borrowing elements from the anahuasca experience, most notably the drastic change in the interpretation of reality or transport of all the senses to another dimension.


Don't underestimate how overwhelming the experience can be and start with a low dose if you're new to anahuasca. Also, dosing for this plant is still experimental, so beginners are referred to the more established Psychotria viridis or Mimosa hostilis. 30 grams of the roots is considered a low dose, 60 a normal dose and 90 a high dose. When investigating recipes, be aware that some are using root cortex, which is the more potent outer layer, rather than the whole root that we sell.

For the purpose of anahuasca, the roots are usually made into a hot water infusion. Depending on the brewer's method, this infusion takes between 1 hour up to a day to make. Some people make two or more infusions from the same plant material and add them all together. Sometimes acidifiers like vinegar or lemon juice are added to speed up the extraction. Typical boiling times are between 1.5 and 4 hours in total. The resulting liquid is boiled down to a small, drinkable size and drunk 15 to 60 minutes after taking a 3 to 4 gr P. harmala or 50 to 150 gr Banisteriopsis caapi preparation.

A small number of people make extracts from this plant. These extracts are typically used as an incense. This induces a 15 minute psychedelic experience, borrowing elements from the anahuasca experience, most notably the drastic change in the interpretation of reality or transport of all the senses to another dimension.


We sell the roots of D. illinoensis, not the more potent root cortex (outer layer). The main alkaloid is N,N-DMT (C. Raetsch 2005).


When making anahuasca, be aware of the fact that you'll be using Desmanthus illinoensis in conjunction with an MAO-inhibiting plant, like Banisteriopsis caapi. MAO-inhibitors can be very dangerous when combined with certain foods or other psychoactives that are totally harmless when taken by themselves.


Don't take anahuasca by yourself and please take notice of the historical fact that anahuasca has been used safely in a ritual setting under guidance of trained shamans.

Azarius Encyclopedia: Using Psychedelics Safely


For more about the effects of DMT check out Erowids DMT Vault.

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Shiva 2012-02-22

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