Esoteric Encyclopedia

Esoteric Encyclopedia Entry of the Week: Ayahuasca

According to Wikipedia:

Ayahuasca, also commonly called yagé is a psychedelic brew of various plant infusions prepared with the Banisteriopsis caapi vine. It is either mixed with the leaves of dimethyltryptamine (DMT)-containing species of shrubs from the genus Psychotria or with the leaves of the Justicia pectoralis plant which does not contain DMT. The brew, first described academically in the early 1950s byHarvard ethnobotanist Richard Evans Schultes, who found it employed for divinatory and healing purposes by the native peoples of Amazonian Peru, is known by a number of different names (seebelow).

It has been reported that some effects can be felt from consuming the caapi vine alone, but that DMT-containing plants (such asPsychotria) remain inactive when drunk as a brew without a source of monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) such as B. caapi. Howindigenous peoples discovered the synergistic properties of the plants used in the ayahuasca brew remains unclear. Many indigenous Amazonian people say they received the instructions directly from plants and plant spirits.

Ayahuasca (and DMT) has become a part of the mainstream conversation, especially over the past few years. The work of Dr. Rick Strassman brought about the release of the popular documentary “DMT: The Spirit Molecule” – and Reset.me, founded by former CNN investigative journalist, Amber Lyon, has allowed a growing community to share their experiences of healing, and radical change facilitated by plant medicine (and other psychedelic healing mediums).

To learn more about Ayahuasca and it’s medicinal/spiritual properties…click here.

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