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Psychotria viridis, also known as sami ruca and chacruna, belongs to the Rubiaceae (Coffee family). Best known for its shamanistic, healing use as an additive in traditional ayahuasca in the Amazon basin, The whole leaves of P. viridis contain a high amount of psychedelic tryptamines. It is also the plant the Santo Daime and UDV use in their sacraments (daime and vegetal/hoasca respectively).


Nowadays P. viridis is still used primarily to make ayahuasca, which is a psychedelic infusion. The effects can best be described as a physical and mental purge, combined with a 4-hour connection with the otherwise imperceptible.

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. Ayahuasca 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 ayahuasca through the other senses. The purging effects can be very strong. Many people get diarrhoea and have to vomit.


Don't underestimate how overwhelming the experience can be and start with a low dose if you're new to ayahuasca. In most recipes, 25 grams is a low dose, 50 a normal dose and 75 a high dose.

If you are not yet familiar with making ayahuasca, you should know that hardly anyone who makes it for the first time is successful. For most people, making good ayahuasca is a result of trial and error and several years of practice. You should read about making ayahuasca in books and on the internet (check the links below) and decide on a recipe.

Chacruna is usually made into a hot water infusion. Depending on the brewer's method, this infusion takes between several hours up to a day to make. Sometimes B. caapi or another plant goes into the same pan, sometimes it has its own pan. Typical boiling times are between 4 and 12 hours. 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.

In any case, the resulting liquid is boiled down to a small, drinkable size and drunk on an empty stomach.

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


We sell the whole leaves of P. viridis. This part of the plant contains 0.1 to 0.61% N,N-DMT, along with traces of MMT and MTHC. The DMT content is typically around 0.3% (C. Raetsch 2005).


When making ayahuasca, be aware of the fact that you'll be using chacruna 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.

Visit our maoi page for safety details!

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

Azarius Encyclopedia: Using Psychedelics Safely


Wikipedia on Ayahuasca

Erowids Ayahuasca Vault

Biopark on Ayahuasca

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michael 2017-08-15

to meditate more better

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Jason 2008-08-25

ya this is really cool. neat stuff.

BigSensiSkunk 2005-04-12

This is a big cross section of a root I think. Grind and make your tea along with B. Caapi. Take the neccesary precautions and fast before trying anything. The root is way cool. I`ll make pics to put on my desktop.

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