Ayahuasca is psychoactive beverages prepared by brewing Banisteriopsis caapi wine and leaves of Psychotria viridis (chacruna) or Diplopterys cabrerana by the indigenous tribes of the Amazon.
This drink is traditionally used by the shamans as a religious sacrament to induce a trance-like a state where they speak with spirits, predicting the future and cure diseases, etc.
Ayahuasca word comes from the word Quechan "Aya" which means "spirit" and "Huasca" meaning "wine". Taken together it means "vine of the soul" or "spirit of wine". You can find the best ayahuasca retreat in Ecuador where you will find the best experience of life.
Scientific studies have revealed the magic behind these exotic concoctions. The Banisteriopsis caapi wine contains compounds harmine, harmaline, and tetrahydro harmine.
Secondary materials and Diplopterys cabrerana Psychotria viridis is a hallucinogenic plant that contains dimethyltryptamine, or DMT.
Taken orally powerful hallucinogen DMT has no effect on the body, but when combined with wine compound Harmine caapi is active so induce an altered state in the drinker. The Harmala alkaloid prevents DMT from being metabolized in the digestive tract.
Local medicine man prepares drinks with boiling dried and crushed pieces of Banisteriopsis caapi vine with leaves of Psychotria viridis or Diplopterys cabrerana.
This drink is also prepared with grapes and other crops as well as other ingredients that vary according to the purpose of the ritual. Natural variations in plant alkaloid content affect the potency of the drink produced.