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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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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.
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.
2258 BP) include Banisteriopsis caapi, bottle gourd (Lagenaria siceraria), guava (Psidium guajava), maize, manioc, and sweet potato.
It is commonly obtained by the decoction of the stems of the jungle vine Banisteriopsis caapi together with the leaves from the shrub Psychotria viridis or from the liana Diplopterys cabrerana.
For instance, we heard earlier today about the Amazonian jungle decoction, ayahuasca (often a mixture of Banisteriopsis caapi and Psychotria viridis), which is used by some healers to diagnose illness by apparently enabling them to see inside the body of their patients in a manner like X-ray vision (Dobkin de Rios & Rumrrill, 2008).
Working in the Amazon, Gabriel encountered natives who introduced him to the mysteries of ayahuasca (also called hoasca and yage), a tea typically made with Psychotria viridis leaves, which contain DMT, and the Banisteriopsis caapi vine, which contains chemicals that make the DMT orally active by preventing enzymes from breaking it down before it can reach the bloodstream.
The substance is also known by a variety of other names including yaje, caapi, pinde, karampi, dapa, mihi, kahi.
Warao shamans launch supernatural attacks accompanied by an effigy of their avian master (Wilbert 1985: 154), and the Cubeo possess bird images representing patrons of mourning rituals and said to be under the effects of the hallucinogen Banisteriopsis caapi (Goldman 1979: 249).
caapi alone or by adding various admixtures plants to the liana in the beverage preparation.
Banisteriopsis caapi (Ayahuasca): Hallucinogenic experiences.