Banisteriopsis Caapi Vine is one of the two main ingredients of a traditional and visionary medicinal brew from the Amazon region, the Ayahuasca.
The active substances of this climbing plant are found inside the root of freshly cut stems. Banisteriopsis caapi acts as an MAO inhibitor. This means that it prevents certain chemicals from being destroyed by the human brain, such as psilocybin from magical fungi and DMT from plants mimosa hostilis, psychotria viridis and phalaris arundinacea and fungal tryptamines.
Banisteriopsis caapi intensifies the effect of fungi and makes DMT effective. The combination of an MAO inhibitor and a DMT-containing plant is generally called ‘ayahuasca’.
First you can feel nauseous. If you have to vomit, do not try to control it. In this case, vomiting has a purifying effect, both physical and mental. Nausea can be the physical symbol of the discharge of emotions that you do not normally like to confront. After vomiting you will feel much better and you will appreciate the trip much more.
The first visions will appear after 45 – 60 minutes, and you can experience a religious ecstasy. The visions can consist of intense colors and shapes of flowers, fireworks and mandalas. Depending on the dose you can be transported to wild worlds inhabited by exotic animals (usually jaguars, reptiles and insects), ancestors, gods, extraterrestrials and monsters.
You can be confronted with your own fears and frustrations, but do not panic or try to avoid them.
The indigenous doctors harvest this plant which, when cut, receives the name “palo” and prepares with it the purge, a concoction cooked for more than ten hours, a mixture of Banisteriopsis caapi trunk with Chacruna leaves (Psychotria viridis) or Diplopterys cabrerana. Although it is true that the mixture with chacruna is the most common, the variability in the composition of ayahuasca is very broad. However, its basic reference component will be the Banisteriopsis caapi liana.
The concoction, brown in color, wood-like, extremely bitter and dry, has entheogenic properties that directly affect consciousness, or the ability to explain the environment, time and the body’s own perception. Mentally, it can produce a very lucid state of consciousness and visions that the educated can interpret or experience.