Ayahuasca, the jungle medicine of the famous Amazon rainforest, comes from two Quechua Indian words: aya (spirit or soul) and huasca (vine). It is also known as the “vine of the dead,” or “vine of the soul,” and by many other names, such as: yage, caapi, Daime and hoasca.
The medicine is usually made from the Banisteriopsis caap vine, an MAO inhibitor, and the leaf of Psychotria Viridis plant, which contains DMT.
This Ayahuasca plays a central role in the spiritual, religious and cultural traditions of the peoples of the Amazonian regions of Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia, Brazil, and parts of the Río Orinoco. Ayahuasca is as old as humanity itself, and the indigenous peoples of the Amazon regard the drink as a gift from the gods and a sacrament.
This type of Ayahuasca (also called Anahuasca because it is an analogue of the original Ayahuasca) is made up of the MAO inhibitor Peganum Harmala and a blend of Acacia Confusa and Jurema, both containing DMT. It has the same features as the Amazonian Ayahuasca but is gentler and works longer, while offering a more auditory and less visual experience.
Ayahuasca (actually Anahuasca) is made of Peganum Harmala and Jurema or Mimosa Hostillis. This Ayahuasca has the same effect as the Amazonian Ayahuasca, though it is more visual and works longer.
Ayahuasca is used:
- By Brazilian religions such as Santo Daime and União do Vegetal, which developed in the early 20th century and use the plant as a sacrament
- In healing ceremonies around the world for native and non-native users
- In shamanic healing or therapeutic sessions, including individual ones
- By psychonauts, who buy the dried plant material on the Internet and use it at home in an unstructured context
The features of Ayahuasca are:
- Insights into the everyday thinking, feeling and behaviour of the user
- Spiritual experiences such as experiencing other realities, coming into contact with gods, angels, Mary, Christ and other masters
- Strong visual hallucinations, often kaleidoscopic
- Healing effects on the body and mind
- Reliving trauma from this life, past lives and the lives of parents and ancestors
- Reliving the trauma of birth
- Understanding death by reliving death experiences
- The opening of the heart chakra and the experience of unconditional love
- Physical and emotional cleansing through vomiting (the purge)