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 (ī′yə-wä′skə, ä′yə-)
A hallucinogenic brew made from the bark and stems of a tropical South American vine of the genus Banisteriopsis, especially B. caapi, mixed with other psychotropic plants, used especially in shamanistic rituals by certain Amazonian Indian peoples.

[American Spanish, from Quechua, rope of the dead, narcotic : aya, corpse + huasca, rope.]


(ˌaɪəˈwɑːskə) or


(Plants) a Brazilian plant, Banisteriopsis caapi, that has winged fruits and yields a powerful hallucinogenic alkaloid sometimes used to treat certain disorders of the central nervous system: family Malpighiaceae
[C20: from Quechua]


(ˌɑ yəˈwɑ skə)

n., pl. -cas.
a woody South American vine, Banisteriopsis caapi, of the malpighia family, having bark that is the source of harmine, a hallucinogenic alkaloid used by Indians of the Amazon basin.
[< American Spanish; further orig. uncertain]
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Entre las plantas americanas con efecto psicoactivo se destacan Erythroxylum coca (coca), Banisteriopsis caapi (yaje o ayahuasca), Lophophora williamsii (peyote), Echinopsis lageniformis (achuma), Nicotiana tabacum (tabaco) Anadenanthera colubrina y A.
The main ingredient of this shamanic tea or brew is a vine called Banisteriopsis caapi.
A condicion de que en su cuerpo se instale la multiplicidad o circulacion de devenires, el sabedor ejerce su propia desintegracion a traves de los multiples cambios que la planta Banisteriopsis caapi le proporciona.
Psychedelics have no medicinal value: Psychedelics, particularly natural drugs like mushrooms and ayahuasca, which is derived from boiled Banisteriopsis caapi (yage) and Psychotria Viridis (chacruna) vines, were used in ancient spiritual rituals, and to cure ailments and heal people long before modern day medicines filled pharmacy shelves.
Mientras tanto, en la investigacion sobre el 'Efecto de la ingestion de Banisteriopsis caapi y Psychotria viridis 'Binomio ayahuasca' en el hipocampo del cerebro de ratas', se encontro que el extracto alcoholico del binomio ayahuasca tuvo efecto neuropatologico en el hipocampo del cerebro de ratas.
Consumed alone, the DMT would be broken up by a gut enzyme, which is why the second ingredient, the banisteriopsis caapi vine, is vital as it switches this off.
Harmine, Harmaline and tetrahydroharmine, which act as MAOIs) contained in the vine Banisteriopsis caapi , which is boiled with the leafs of DMT containing plants, commonly used are Psychotria viridis, P.
Ayahuasca is a brew made from the banisteriopsis caapi vine, known for its divinatory, hallucinogenic effects and is traditionally consumed by Amazonian Peruvians.
Such was the case with Banisteriopsis caapi, a vine known locally as yage, which, when combined with other ingredients, produces ayahuasca, a potent hallucinogen with anti-inflammatory properties.
The decoction is usually made with Banisteriopsis caapi and Psychotria viridis or B.
4) El ayahuasca es un brebaje producto de la mezcla de dos plantas de origen amazonico: la Banisteriopsis caapi (liana amazonica que contiene alcaloides beta-carbolinos), y la Psychotria viridis (que contiene DMT).
2258 BP) include Banisteriopsis caapi, bottle gourd (Lagenaria siceraria), guava (Psidium guajava), maize, manioc, and sweet potato.