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The South American jungle vine Ayahuasca (Banisteriopsis caapi) has a rich history of entheogenic use. The word Ayahuasca means "vine of the spirits" in Quechan. In fact, many tribes of the Amazon rainforest regarded the vine as a snake that can bring humans into the world of spirits.
The Banisteriopsis caapi vine is the foremost ingredient of ayahuasca, a traditional psychoactive drink which was used in various religious ceremonies for centuries. But please note that, by itself, this resin likely produces little to no effect.
This resin is extracted from the 'Ourinhos' variety B. caapi, used by the Santo Daime church. It's roughly five times more potent than the regular vine. The primary active ingredients are harmine, harmaline and tetrahydroharmine (Raetsch 2005).
Indigenous shamans and others say they can reach altered states of mind by using an infusion from Banisteriopsis caapi alone. This requires a lot of practice. Furthermore there are 72 tribes that we know of who drink ayahuasca and say the vine itself is their "teacher plant", giving detailed information about other plants. They claim B. caapi is responsible for their excellent botanical knowledge.
Caapi resin usage
Typical doses when used by itself are in the range of 5 to 30 grams, depending on the variety, the quality, the purpose and of course the sensitivity of the drinker. When used in combination with other ingredients, common dosages are 10 to 20 gram in the lower dose range and 20 to 30 grams in the higher dose range.
B. caapi contains MAO-inhibiting substances. This means it 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 important safety information!