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  • n. A hallucinogen, obtained from the South American vine Banisteria caapi, used medicinally by indigenous peoples of the Amazon


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  • Made from the vine Banisteriopsis caapi (called caapi) and the leaf Psychotria viridis, (known as chakruna) ayahuasca is considered among natives in the Amazon to be a sacred plant medicine.

  • At the conference many papers dealt with a visionary drug called ayahuasca, a harsh-tasting thick infusion often made by boiling Banisteriopsis caapi vine and Psychotria viridis leaves.

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  • The chief plant, a liana called bannisteriopsis caapi contains vision-inducing DMT.

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  • There a chemical archaeologist from the University of Tarapacá, Juan Pablo Ogalde, found traces of a psychoactive drug from a jungle vine, Banisteriopsis caapi, in hair from two naturally mummified bodies unearthed from a Tiwanaku site in the Atacama Desert.

    The Undead

  • The page showed an illustration of the ayahuasca vine, Banisteriopsis caapi.


  • From my reading I had gleaned that ayahuasca is brewed from two indigenous plants, a liana known as Banisteriopsis caapi and a shrub of the coffee genus, Psychotria viridis.

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  • … A Brazilian friend said that when he once took a full dose of caapi he saw all the marvels he had read of in the Arabian Nights pass rapidly before his eyes as in a panorama.

    One River

  • With a chew of caapi and a pinch of niopo, one feels good!

    One River

  • In the morning, once back to his senses; he pursued the botanical identity of caapi and found to his astonishment that it was an unknown species, a liana in a family of plants that had never before been known to have narcotic or even medicinal properties.

    One River

  • Ayahuasca, known also as yagé or caapi, is the vision vine, the vine of the soul, the most curious and celebrated hallucinogenic plant of the Amazon.

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