Follow these steps to how to make Ayahuasca tea at home for free! Learn the basics of making Ayahuasca (also known as yage, iowaska & banisteriopsis caapi) and benefit from the age old Shamanic culture of heightened awareness of self.
Ayahuasca is an age old psychoactive brew with archeological evidence dating 5000 years from modern times, that actually originated from the South American animistic tribes. Who believed in animism, i.e., everything has a soul in this universe. They pioneered the basics of self knowledge. And shamans used to drink this brewed tea to increase their potential to become masters of their environment. It is sacred to the communities that make Ayahuasca.
Nowadays, Ayahuasca is used by tribes in Brazil, known as Yawanawa Tribe. And some other communities in north America. Shamans allow eager tourist to try this dimethyltryptamine (DMT) and monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI) enriched drink.
This drink got its fame due to the therapeutic characteristics. It’s believed you get dream like lucid hallucinations. Westerners came to discover this and instantly fell to the psychoactive trip of yage. People travel to far off destinations to experience taking yage or Ayahuasca.
Made from the leaves of Psycotria viridis shrubs and the stalks of Banisteriopsis caapi vine – Ayahuasca – also known as the tea, the vine, and la purga is very chemically potent. The ingredients have a great amount of hallucinogenic compounds.
Psychotria viridis contains N,N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT), a psychedelic substance that occurs naturally in the plant. DMT is a powerful hallucinogenic chemical. However, it has low bioavailability, as it gets rapidly broken down by enzymes called monoamine oxidases (MAOs) in your liver and gastrointestinal tract.
For this reason DMT must be combined with monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MOAIs). This allows DMT to work it’s effects. B. Caapi is a source of Harmine, an alkaloid that inhibits the breakdowns in the digestive system of DMT.
The people who have experienced Ayahuasca report that they have had a life changing experience. Which is supported by the scientific fact that it does rewire your neurons. Though personal experiences may vary. The immediate benefits are that it has a healing effect for personal vices. And usually it leaves an individual (who has had the right dosage) experiences a cleansing effect on their thoughts and way of living. It does have psychedelic effects for several hours . People have experienced parallel realities and loss of self.
The heavy dosage of MAOIs are toxic. And it can be fatal. As one has to be very careful about the medication and drugs one takes around the Ayahuasca. Purging (vomitting) and mild diarrhoea is evident on the first dose.
Though obtaining this from plants is upon the personal ethics and the sovereignty of an individual. DMT containing plants are not under any screening. You can find online stores selling DMT containing plants and MAOI rich plant material like Syrian Rue in abundance.
Ingredients and dosage calculations(per person)
Ingredients and dosage calculations(per person)
Psycotria viridis or Chacruna plant(85 g fresh)
Banisteriopsis Caapi a tropical vine of order Malpighiales(50 g fresh)
Syrian rue and many more are also used for Ayahuasca style brews.
Brewing the Ayahuasca
Brewing the sacred Vine or Ayahuasca is basic and usually suggested to be in a Ceremony. Where a Shaman prepares the Ayahuasca brews.But those who have the access to the above mentioned ingredients, can make one serving for themselves.
The most common dosage recipe is 85g fresh psycotria viridis (Chacruna) leaves and 50g of fresh stalks of Banisteriopsis Caapi vine.
1. Crush the Banisteriopsis Caapi Vine stalks and place them in large pots.
2. Add the Psycotria viridis leaves.
3. Start boiling this mixture in a large quantity of water for 3-6 hours.
4. Remove the water and strain the plant matter.
5. Add large quantity of new water, prepare for a second batch.
6. Boil this for another 3-6 hours.
7. Strain out the plant material and
8. Reduce the liquid into a thick brew over gentle heat.
This procedure is carried out by Shamans in an Ayahuasca Ceremony. The ingredients here are not listed due to the fact that finding all of them is close to impossible on your own. You will need a guide to do the needful. However mentioning the ceremony is important.
1. The Shaman splits a 1-2 meters long piece of Banisteriopsis Caapi Vine into small strips.
2. They place the strips into a large pot along with several litres of water.
3. They add leaves of Diplopterys cabrerana, a Herrania species, Ilex guayusa, Heliconia Stricta, and an unidentified Malpighiales known as Mukuyasku.
4. The mixture is boiled until most of the water has been reduced to a syrupy fluid.
The ceremonial Ayahuasca is very differently made. And the experience of such ceremonies is expensive.
Syrian Rue vs. Banisteriopsis Caapi or Ayahuasca Vine
Syrian rue is also a MAOI which is used as an alternative to Banisteriopsis Caapi Vine. Though it is considered less controlled and is known for being too harsh. Banisteriopsis Caapi has been tried and tested to be very “smooth” and at times more safe from Peganum Harmala or better known as Syrian Rue. Syrian rue is unpredictable and less reliable.
Enthusiasts and Professional Ayahuasca drinkers have mentioned a vivid description of their experiences during the consumption of Ayahuasca. The fact that it was used by Shamans to gain a higher perception of reality and the fact that it plays with the neurological construct of a person is already a point of great research. The use of DMT as a recreational drug of sorts does bring out some controversy to this sacred drink which is the main reason for its fame in the market. However those who use it to get a life changing experience do put forward a great source of knowledge about our brain. Here are some of the Ayahuasca experiences.
We are not promoting the use of Ayahuasca in any forms. This is an educational article, focused on providing a guide to brewing Ayahuasca/yage at home. The use of DMT is illegal in many countries. Kindly do a background check to assure your countries law regarding the use of DMT. The effects of Ayahuasca can last hours. And can be fatal if not used properly. Sale or promotion of DMT is not the purpose of this article.
The purpose of this article is to put light upon the different aspects of Ayahuasca and the methods to obtain the brew at home for those who aren’t that lucky to experience a ceremony. If it hurts any of the sentiments of an individual or communities that practice the brewing of Ayahuasca or the sacred ceremony, we strongly believe it was unintended.
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