The ultimate insight
In these times of change there are more and more people who are looking for their true self and the use of Ayahuasca has increased enormously. Originally this medicine was used by shamans who formed a bridge to a spiritual world where they gathered the knowledge to heal the people around them or give advice to warriors. Nowadays Ayahuasca is widely used in Western cultures for self-development and spiritual growth.
What is Ayahuasca
Ayahuasca is a South American entheogenic drink bitter in taste and brownish red in color. The indigenous people living in various tribes in the Amazon rainforest have a long tradition of preparing and making this natural tea called Ayahuasca. Ayahuasca is not just a substance, but a traditional Shamanic brew, made from at least two, but often several plants from the Amazon. The main ingredient is the rank Banisteriopsis Caapi, which is then brewed with the leaves of other plants, such as the Psychotria Viridis or the Dioplopterys cabrerana. Combining these plants produces a final product containing both DMT and an MAO inhibitor. If taken, this will provide an experience that will stay with you for a long time.
The actual effectiveness of Ayahuasca can vary enormously per brew and depends largely on the quality of the ingredients used, but also on the skills of the shaman.
How does Ayahuasca work
The powerful experience, which can be obtained from Ayahuasca, is largely due to the combination of DMT and MAO inhibitors.
DMT (dimethyltryptamine) is a hallucinogenic substance that opened your mind to other realities. DMT is found in all kinds of plants, grasses, sea sponges, toads, mammals and is also a body substance in humans. DMT may have a function as a transfer substance. Transfer substances transmit signals from one nerve to another.
Monoamine Oxidase (MAO) is an enzyme in our bodies that breaks down tyramine. Tyramine is a toxic substance that occurs in our daily food. Because the MAO also reacts to DMT and breaks it down, the life and strength of DMT ingested is dramatically reduced. By combining DMT with MAO inhibitors, ayahuasca will interfere with the function of these enzymes, thereby temporarily preventing the breakdown of DMT.
The effect of Ayahuasca
The effect of Ayahuasca is an intense, powerful trip that lasts about 4-6 hours. It is often described as a vision; a dreamlike state in which spirits, animals, gods, demons and spiritual helpers sometimes appear. Some claim that they see the future or events extremely far away. Others have the feeling that they are flying, or that they are in a land of fractals and patterns. The mind of the user is taken out of our reality and placed in another. With such varied and powerful effects, it is no wonder that Ayahuasca has been used for spiritual and religious purposes for hundreds of years.
Although the sought-after effects of Ayahuasca are of a visionary nature, it also produces physical effects. If you have drunk, Ayhauasca will often cause a purifying effect, vomiting and sometimes diarrhea. In the traditional applications of Ayahuasca, this is considered a cleansing experience and often the user is aware of specific traumas that cause this purification, after which they can be expelled. It can also cause tremors, chills, sweating, increased heart rate and variations in blood pressure.
Is Ayahuasca something for you?
Ayahuasca ceremonies are suitable for anyone who wants to take a step forward in his or her life. The ceremonies are for those who are willing to work on themselves and take responsibility for themselves and their lives.
An Ayahuasca ceremony is not something you just start and will do because you want to do that together with a friend. You really do it for yourself and it is not a pleasure trip just in between. Think of it like this: you are called, as it were, by the Ayahuasca himself. It’s about you.
A ceremony is especially effective for people who are willing to face their light and dark sides. You do not need any experience with meditation, yoga, mindfulness or any other spiritual experience whatsoever.
Do you wonder who you are, why you do what you do and what the goal is in your life? Does the question about the meaning of life arise regularly in you? An Ayahuasca ceremony is also very suitable for spiritual growth and re-experiencing passion in the things that matter to you.
Brew Ayahuasca yourself
Brewing Ayahuasca requires a lot of time rest and love. Make sure at all times that the room in which the Ayahuasca is brewed is cleaned and remains clean. You could use Sage or Palo Santo for this. Ayahuasca consists of 2 components that you can brew together, but my preference is to keep them separate in order to have more control during the Ayahuasca journey.
The Mao inhibitor
The first component is the Mao inhibitor. This is usually made from the Banisteriopsis Caapi (also called the Ayahuasca Vine). This Mao inhibitor also has a very good effect of itself which will also be noticeable in the Ayahuasca journey.
Another Mao inhibitor made from Syrian Rue. This has less effect on the journey itself, but is much easier to make and is much more reliable in inhibiting the Mao.
My preference is for a Mao inhibitor where both ingredients are processed together. Then the effect of the Banisteriopsis Caapi is present in the journey and you have the control of the Syrian Rue.
The plant choice
The second component is the DMT-containing plant. There are a lot of possibilities for this. The most common are the Chacruna, the Mimosa Hostillis and the Acacia Confusa. The Chacruna Are dried leaves that are widely used in South America. These give a very nice journey, but the DMT content in the is a bit lower and can also vary greatly per harvest. It is therefore difficult to make an exact dose. The Mimosa Hostillis is very constant in the amount of DMT per weight, but in my experience can seem very powerful and almost hostile. My favorite is therefore the Acacia Confusa. This was widely used in ancient Egypt and has a more loving character. The DMT per gram is comparable to the Mimosa Hostillis.
The amount of Mao inhibitor
The amount of Mao inhibitor depends on your body weight. For an average person you need about 300gr Caapi or if you go for the Syrian Rue you need 3gr. If you are heavier, this will be 400g for the Caapi or 4gr. for the Syrian Rue. Make sure you never exceed 12gr. Syrian Rue per 24 hours because then you’ll be inhibiting more than you want …!
The amount of DMT
The Acacia and Mimosa have a similar strength. This is about 1gr. of DMT per 100gr. plant material. For the Chacruna you’ll need about 150gr. for 1gr. of DMT.
For an average trip you need about 0,15gr of DMT but keep in mind that for some people a second dose is needed to fully surrender in the journey.
For a somewhat stronger journey you can use 0.3gr. of DMT or even a lot more, but I will only recommend this if you have more experience in taking Ayahuasca. Physically, it should not be possible to take an overdose because DMT is a body’s own substance, however, your brain can only handle a certain amount and a too high dose will lead to an anxious journey. In theory you could slowly build up the dose up to 12gr. My maximum dose was 2.0gr which caused a very long lasting journey, but I feel most comfortable with a dose of around 1.0gr.
The brewing process
The following process is required for the DMT and the Caapi:
To get all the active ingredients out of the plant material you have to let it simmer in water. Make sure that the water does not exceed 99 °C (210 °F) because then the active substances are broken down. The PH level of your liquid should be around 3.8 (this can be done by adding vinegar or malic acid).
Let everything simmer for 3 to 4 hours at this temperature and then pour the liquid into a large pan and add new water and acid to your plant material. Repeat this process 3X in total, after which you pour the liquids together to evaporate and let it thicken to a drinkable amount. I usually make sure that I have about 35ml of liquid per dose.
An example of calculation:
For a brew with 100gr of plant material (1g DMT) and a desired dose of 0.2g. DMT the Ayahuasca liquid must be simmered down to 175ml. (5 X 35ml.) You can do this by using a scale or predetemin the water level in the pan at 175ml with some kind of marking.