A vine from the lowlands of Amazonia, that was formerly known under the name Banisteria rusbyana. The leaves are used by different tribes as an ayahuasca admixture, first and foremost in connection with pieces of liana of Banisteria caapi.
Use: Depending on the DMT content of the leaves, for one dose 5 g to 20 g of the leaves are cooked together with about 20 g of liana pieces of Banisteria caapi or equivalent amounts of other harmaline-containing plants. The following recipe repeatedly showed distinct effects in experiments: „For a dose 10 g chagropanga-leaves and 20 g liana-pieces of B. caapi were ground as finely as possible. The liana pieces were divided into two 2 portions of 10 g. 10 g were prepared separately, the other 10 g in combination with the leaves. After the addition of lemon juice and water both potions were cooked separately for around 4–5 hours. The liquids were strained afterwards and thereby the plant material was removed. Following this, both liquids were once again boiled down to about 100 to 150 ml. First the pure Banisteria caapi brew was drank, about an hour later the second potion of leaves and liana pieces.“
Active constituents: The leaves contain 1.75 % N,N-DMT as well as low amounts of 5-MeO-DMT, bufotenin and beta-carbolines. They are the source with the highest concentration of N,N-DMT that have been discovered so far.
Effects: The following effects can occur when applying the above mentioned recipe: After the intake of the first part of the potion the consumers went into a peaceful, contemplative mood. Often, a euphoric elation came up, that was accompanied by dreamy, opium like visions. The consumers had the tendency to close their eyes and put themselves into a lying position.
As they were prepared this way, they took in the second DMT-containing part of the potion. After about 15 min. they saw with closed eyes the typical, kaleidoscopic, colorful tryptamine patterns. The effect can develop very different depending on the strength of the potion, the mood of the person and on the setting. Reviews of one’s personality structure are often experienced – the own behavioral patterns and conditionings are seen clearly and can be restructured. The sensual perception, most of all the sense of seeing and hearing can be changed strongly resp. intensified. Colors and sounds become overly clear, splendid and seem significant. Occasionally it can come to visions, that can have the personal story of the consumer, primal forest-scenes like the sight of plant and animal entities or archetypical pictures of benevolent and terrifying deities as subject-matter.
The main effect lasts about 1.5–2 hours; usually the consumer spends this time lying down with closed eyes. During that time it can come to partial up to complete loss of ego – the consumer has no customarily concept of oneself and of the surrounding. Through a careful and respectful approach and – very important – corresponding guidance and/or experience the after-effects of such an experience can be felt as salutary. The structure of personality will be ordered and harmonized, inner conflicts, that have lead in the past to negative behavioral patterns, are identified and in the best case solved. The relation to the environment becomes more cordially and direct. These effects are used by the Brazilian Santo-Daime-cults whose members use ayahuasca as a liturgical potion.
The ayahuasca-potion in a adequate dosage leads to one of the strongest psychoactive experiences that are known so far. It should, if ever, only be taken by experienced psychonauts under guidance. Through improper use by the inexperienced the beneficial experience with its positive after-effect can reverse into its opposite and can lead to a terrifying horror trip with subsequent psychic deformations.
Side Effects: The leaves as such have no known side effects. In combination with Banisteria caapi it should not be ignored that this contains beta-carbolines, which are reversible MAO-Inhibitors. The stated safety precautions in the section „MAO-Inhibitors” should definitely be taken into consideration. Ignoring the rules that are stated there can, in extreme cases, lead to death. After taking the second part of the potion it usually comes to nausea, occasionally also to vomiting and diarrhea. Moreover, all psychic after- and side effects of strong hallucinogenics, up to the occurrence of persistent psychoses, are possible.
Suppliers: Leaves can be bought in various countries in ethnobotanical stores.
Miscellaneous: DMT itself is listed in the narcotic drugs acts. The legality of the possession of DMT-containing material and plants differs from one country to another.