Ayahuasca InfoThis website is dedicated to a magical potion from the Amazon basin which is known as ayahuasca. Here you can find information on the different ingredients that are used to make this brew, the way it's used by indigenous people, and what you can expect when you take it yourself.
Traditionally this beverage contains a combination of the Banisteriopsis caapi vine and the leaves of the Psychotria viridis (or alternatively the Diplopterys cabrerana). It has now been determined what the active components of these ingredients are, and some people have used plants from other parts of the world to make similar herbal potions. You can read about this in the botany and chemistry pages.
The most important active component in ayahuasca as far as its visionary qualities are concerned is a substance called DMT (dimethyltryptamine). DMT has a powerful effect on consciousness that is difficult to describe in words. It's described by many as "spiritual", and is characterized by detailed, very bright and colourful visions. Indigenous people say that during their trance, which lasts approximately four hours, they enter the world of the spirits and communicate with them, while psychologists consider DMT to be one of the hallucinogens, or psychedelics: "substances which make the soul visible."
We invite you to explore this site, read the interviews and prepare yourself well before you decide to try this powerful potion yourself. In case you are completely new to ayahuasca, we recommend you start by reading the introduction.
February 2015 - Protest against Ethnobotanical Stewardship Council (ESC)
In 2014 the Ethnobotanical Stewardship Council (ESC) launched a campaign to protect the safety and sustainability of ayahuasca. They claim those are at stake due to increasing tourism flows to the Amazon.
The ESC believes the vine is on the verge of disappearing and more sustainable forms of cultivation are needed. They also assume that lack of regulation causes many accidents.
Although noble at first sight, the initiative caused a flood of protest amongst scholars and scientists studying ayahuasca. They publicly wrote a manifest in which they accuse the ESC of being fear-based, market-driven, hegemonic and neoliberal.
One of the researchers main concerns is the ESC being a foreign initiative, lacking indigenous representation and neglecting already existing indigenous means of control in the home countries of ayahuasca.
To read previous articles on ayahuasca go to the news page.
The fiery borderland between realms
"Several years after first hearing of the legendary vine of the soul, it was finally time for me to travel far beyond the regular frame of mind. Alone in the dark of my apartment, the winter wind howling outside, a brew was made. It's vile and bitter taste was a small price to pay, considering the reward that was now slowly approaching."
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