Ayahuasca is a tropical vine native to the Amazon region, noted for its hallucinogenic properties. Ayahuasca is also a hallucinogenic drink prepared from the bark of the Banisteriopsis Caapi.
1940s: from South American Spanish, from Quechua ayawaskha, from aya ‘corpse’ + waskha ‘rope.’
What is Ayahuasca?
Ayahuasca also commonly known as yagé, is a psychedelic brew made out of the Banisteriopsis Caapi vine alone or in combination with various plants such as Chacruna – Psychotria Viridis leaves. The brew has been used for healing purposes by the native people of the Amazon in Peru. It was first described academically in the early 1950’s by Harvard ethnobotanist Richard Evans Schultes.
How the indigenous people discovered the synergistic properties of the two plants used together is still unclear, but they report it was information received directly from the plants and plant spirits. Ayahuasca has a long history of entheogenic uses as a medicine and “plant teacher” among the indigenous people of the Amazon Rainforest. The brew contains harmine, harmaline, and tetrahydroharmine, all of which are both beta-carboline harmala alkaloids and MAOI’s. The MAOI’s in Banisteriopsis Caapi allow the primary psychoactive compound DMT, to be orally active.
The name Ayahuasca means “vine of the soul” in Quechuan, and the shamans of the indigenous western Amazonian tribes use the plant in religious and healing ceremonies. In addition to its hypnotic effect, caapi is used for its healing properties as a purgative, effectively cleansing the body of parasites and helping the digestive tract.
Ayahuasca is capable of inducing altered states of consciousness. This altered state usually lasts between 4 to 8 hours after ingestion of the medicine. Ayahuasca is primarily used as a medicine and a means of communications by the shamans of the Amazon.
What is Ayahuasca?
Nobody knows for sure how long this drink has been used. When taking into account archeological evidence of comparable native plant use, it seems likely that its use dates back to at least two millennia ago.
Ayahuasca induces a psychedelic, visionary state of mind which can help with spiritual growth, physical healing and mental healing. Shamans drink and use Ayahuasca to communicate with nature and the spirit world to help their patients on a spiritual level.
Academic researchers, especially in the field of psychotherapy have shown increased interest in the plant medicine and psychonauts (people who practice responsible and conscious use of mind-altering substances) all over the globe are using Ayahuasca in their spiritual journies.
The Purge (La Purga)
One of the effects of Ayahuasca is that most people vomit and many get diarrhea. Shamans explain that it purges the body and purifies the mind through psychological experiences and or visions. Majority of drinkers feel completely at peace and refreshed after a strong Ayahuasca ceremony.
The very first thing you should read to learn about Ayahuasca and all it offers is the Ayahuasca Manifesto. This will give you a clear understanding of it’s purpose and how it can change your life.
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