What is Ayahuasca, the Vine of the Dead?
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What is Ayahuasca, the Vine of the Dead?

What is the drug known as Ayahuasca? What is the vine of the dead? What is the vine of the soul? What is the spirit vine? How do you make Auahuasca? What does Ayahuasca do to a person? Is Ayahuasca legal in the United States? Where does Ayahuasca come from? What ingredients are in Ayahuasca?

Ayahuasca is either a drink made from the caapi vine (including other ingredients), or the caapi vine itself. This vine is also called Yage, the vine of the dead, spirit vine, or the vine of the soul. This vine is said to impart knowledge and have its own sentient intelligence.

The caapi vine is native to the jungles of South America where it has been used as a mind expanding drug for generations. In most cases it is mixed with another plant, known as Chacruna, to produce the drink known as Ayahuasca. Chacruna is related to coffee plants and contains a substance known as DMT, a psychedelic drug.

The caapi vine itself, the vine of the dead, has hallucinogenic properties. It has also been taken as traditional medicine to cure kill worms and parasites, detox the body, and clean the digestive system. It often causes diarrhea and vomiting, which is why it is claimed to aid in these functions. It is also said to repel bad energies.

Ayahuasca, the Drink

The indigenous people of the Amazon jungle have been combining the vine of the dead with leaves from the chacruna plant, or similar plants, for generations. A substance known as MAOI, in the caapi vine is required to release the DMT of the chacruna plant. If chacruana is not available there are a few other alternative plants that are used, however brewing the vine itself will not produce the same results.

To make Ayahuasca, sections of the vine are dried then pounded, and are put in a pot of water to boil with leaves from the chacruna plant. This is brewed for 8 hours becoming an orange colored drink when done.

The psychedelic affects of Ayahuasca start about half hour later, peaking at two hours, and lasting up to six hours. It is not known to be addictive. The user will experience visual affects and hear sounds.

Although now Ayahuasca is not only used by the Amazonian natives, among those people its use is part of their religion and culture, used in religious ceremonies and by the shaman. To these people it is considered to be a teacher.

As of the late 1990's its use as a psychedelic drug became more widely known and it spread to Europe and other areas, laws pertaining to its use vary from country to country. Ayahuasca is illegal in the United States.

Some supporters suggest that caapi vine, and Ayahuasca drink, could be used to treat alcoholism and drug addiction.

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Comments (5)

Good profiling on Ayahuasca.

cures alcoholism? well that is useful information for alcoholics

Interesting information!

All l can add is W-OW. Consider me educated on this Ayahuasca drug.

I do often wonder about certain hallucinogens being useful in therapy.  Its so sad the people abuse them and they have to be illegal in most countries.