Psychotria viridis (chacruna)

Dried leaves
2828WH

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Introduction

Psychotria viridis is a perennial shrub of the Rubiaceae family. In the Quechua languages it is called chacruna or chacrona. Dried Psychotria vidris contains about 0.10–0.66% alkaloids. Approximately 99% of that is dimethyltryptamine (DMT). Other alkaloids such as beta-carbolines and N-methyltryptamine (NMT) have been found. The alkaloid content is said to be highest in the morning.

Psychotria viridis contains the hallucinogenic—or entheogenic—indole alkaloid dimethyltryptamine (DMT) in level varying from 0.1 to 0.61% dried mass. It is known primarily as an additive to the ayahuasca brew used in South and Central America. The mechanism of action is via the monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) present in Banisteriopsis caapi, which allows ayahuasca to be effective in oral doses (unlike smoking DMT crystals which requires no conditioning partner drug). This use is legal in Brazil among native tribes and followers of some syncretic religions. Vegetalistas, healers in the Amazon regions of Peru, Ecuador and Colombia, recognize different sub-varieties of Psychotria viridis, based on the location of glands on the back of the leaves.

Effects of Psychotria viridis

Psychotria viridis contains the hallucinogenic (or entheogenic) indole alkaloid dimethyltryptamine (DMT) in level varying from 0.1 to 0.61% dried mass. It is known primarily as an additive to the ayahuasca brew used in South and Central America. The mechanism of action is via the monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) present in Banisteriopsis caapi, which allows ayahuasca to be effective in oral doses (unlike smoking DMT crystals which requires no conditioning partner drug). This use is legal in Brazil among native tribes and followers of some syncretic religions. Vegetalistas, healers in the Amazon regions of Peru, Ecuador and Colombia, recognize different sub-varieties of Psychotria viridis, based on the location of glands on the back of the leaves.

How to use Psychotria viridis

Don't underestimate how overwhelming the experience can be and start with a low dose if you're new to ayahuasca. In most recipes 25 grams is a low dose, 50 a normal dose and 75 a high dose.
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