Sections of vine are boiled with leaves from any of a large number of potential admixture plants (such as
pictured above)resulting in a tea that contains the powerful hallucinogenic alkaloidsharmine, harmaline, d-tetrahydroharmine, anddimethyltryptamine (DMT).Dimethyltryptamine closely resemblesserotoninand has been discoveredto be a component of normal mammallian metabolism, an endogenoushallucinogen. These compounds have chemical structures and effectssimilar, but not identical to LSD, mescaline of the peyote cactus, andpsilocybin of the psychotropic Mexican mushroom. This brew has beenused in the Amazon for millennia in order to heal, divine, and worship.
With Ayahuasca, an interior sound is commonly heard, which quiteoften triggers a spontaneous burst of imitative vocalizings, markedlyunlike any conventional human speech or facial contortions. Thetryptamines can apparently trigger a kind of rippling of facial muscles,which results in the production of a vocally modulated pressure wave.What is more startling is that the sound, which gains in energy the longerit is sustained, can actually becomevisible—as if the vibrational wavepatterns were shifting into the visible spectrum or inducing a vibrationalexcitation of the air in such a way as to affect light diffraction. Theseobservations suggest that although the wave is produced with sound, itmay possess an electromagnetic component. This peculiar wavephenomenon will continue to be generated out of the mouth and nostrilsand will be visible in the surrounding air as long as the vocalizations arecontinued.
Natives of Amazon have traditionally combined
vine, which contains harmine, harmaline and related beta-carbolines, with DMT-containing plants to make an orally active brewcalled
Other plants containing harmine and/or harmaline canbe substituted for
The usual 'North-American ayahuasca' consistsof
roots, and inAustralian 'acaciahuasca' leaves of
are combined withmaterial fromDMT-containing acacias(the effectivity of this mixturehasn't been confirmed).
Assembled from material by
Ayahuasca, a brew made bysorcerers living along theAmazon River in South America
yahuasca is made by brewing the stems of a vinecalled
with parts of at least one