What is the Ayahuasca vine and brew? (Banisteriopsis caapi) "Vine Of The Souls"

Posted by Star on Jun 14th 2020

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The name Ayahuasca refers to two different things. The first thing this name is in reference to is the actual vine, Caapi (Banisteriopsis caapi ) which is native to the Amazon and Peru. The second thing this name is in reference to is the actual brew, or "tea" made by the native Shamans and medicine men and women there. The brew itself is very similar in nature to Psilocybin Mushrooms. They use it in a religious and ceremonial context, making it fit the classification of "ethnobotanical" perfectly. Laws within the United States allow for the possession of the vine itself as a collectors item or tea, but once you combine it you will require the legal religious right to consume it. Make sure you know the laws in your area and by being here you must agree to abide by all laws, local, federal, and international. It's sold for those who either have the legal right to use it ( the actual combination of the MAOI Vine with other "Spirit Molecule" containers ), or for those who collect ethnobotanical specimens for the sake of collecting.

Sense the vine itself acts as an MAOI, it's believed to be a powerful oneirogen by many herbalists. Oneirogens are a classification of substances which are believed to enhance, or stimulate dreams, and their recollection. Anyone who consumes prescription drugs or any other substances is advised to thoroughly research possible interactions that this MAOI could exhibit when combined with said substances. They can be dangerous when combined with the wrong things! I personally use it as an oneirogen for my lucid dream goals. There is a great organization called MAPS that studies ethnobotanicals such as Ayahuasca, and seeks to establish law reform and legitimate education on their potential benefits, hazards, and use. I believe this is an approrpiate and beneficial approach to law reform in regards to substances.

Locals in Peru have been utilizing the Ayahuasca vine and brew for centuries in a form of "divination". The claim it allows them to enter the "spirit realm" for healing, etc. Others who partake describe it as a sort of lucid consciousness, like being awake within the dream. Heightened states of awareness which are unattainable in waking consciousness then become opened up during its ceremonial use. One might wonder how all of this could be possible, and is it simply placebo? Well, I'll let you be the judge by encouraging you to do further research. MAPS has conducted some fascinating studies on these plants and their components. They are available for the public to read via their website. I for one think they are not for everyone, but may benefit many people in ways UN-imaginable. There are a number of religious groups one could join within the United States that do have the legal right to consume the actual brew and if you are interested I highly suggest looking into them! Thank you for stopping by Star Botanicals to learn!

Note: Nothing on this site should be taken as a scientific or medical claim. Information provided herein is based on cultural lore and is for entertainment purposes only. Please do your own research and abide by all rules and regulations. Thanks.


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