Ayahuasca (Banisteriopsis caapi) is one of the two main ingredients of a traditional medicinal and visionary brew from the Amazon region. It contains a high concentration of natural MAO-inhibitors.
Some indigenous people distinguish over 40 varieties. Two varieties that are common are Ourinhos and Trueno.
First pound the vine with a hammer, until it has become a bundle of soft, fibrous threads. Typical doses when used by itself are in the range of 25 to 150 grams, depending on the variety, the quality, the purpose and of course the sensitivity of the drinker.
We sell the vine, not the leaves. The primary active ingredients in this part of B. caapi are harmine, harmaline and tetrahydroharmine (Raetsch 2005).
B. caapi contains MAO-inhibiting substances. This means it can be very dangerous when combined with certain medication, foods or other psychoactives that are totally harmless when taken by themselves.