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Directions for Brewing Six Portions of Ayahuasca

You have in your possession materials to brew six portions of Ayahuasca brew. Ayahuasca and
the dried materials used to prepare the brew are currently outlawed in Australia. Please be aware
of this fact and be responsible in your actions to ensure no bad light falls on this amazing catalyst
for personal and community growth. The directions in which you take this evolution is up to you,
but take note, if you do not hear the voice of the vine with an open and honest heart, aspects of
your relationship with her can become dark, as she will not be ignored. Working with the vine
requires long periods of clarity between sessions to enable integration of the knowledge learned
within the Ayahuasca space, with aspects of your everyday life.
The Ayahuasca brew is a spiritual technology developed by various Amazonian tribal peoples and
has been in use for thousands of years. More recent times have seen this brew evolve to play a
central role in more traditional Brazilian Christian sects that utilise Daime, an Ayahuasca potion,
as a communal focus of their religion. Ayahuascas journey has now lead tendrils across the
entire globe, maintaining aspects of her past in some cases and evolving new knowledge nodes
where appropriate for others. The adoption of this technology by the western psychonaut, or
Sailor of the Self has seen Ayahuascas evolution integrate lessons learnt by founding tribal and
traditional knowledge, with the more modern sciences of psychology and pharmacology. The
evolution of Ayahuasca is far from complete. Be aware that in your action of parting in the
Ayahuasca brew, you are continuing the evolution of this knowledge. Where you are lead is
determined by your own truths.
Whichever path you choose to take, some more modern aspects of Ayahuasca knowledge must
be considered, to ensure your own personal safety. Through the explorations of modern science,
it has been discovered that the power of the Ayahuasca brew is derived through the
pharmacological interaction between a Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitor (MAOI), found in the
Ayahuasca vine (Banisteriopsis caapi) and Dimethyltryptamine (DMT), found in the admixture
Chacruna plant (Psychotria viridis). In effect the MAOIs in the brew (harmine and harmaline)
prevent stomach enzymes from destroying the DMT and therefore allows this hallucinogenic
tryptamine molecule to be administered orally in the form of the Ayahuasca brew. Without the
inclusion of the vine, the DMT contained in the brew would be inactive. The inhibition of
monoamine oxidase leaves the partaker vulnerable to other molecules that are naturally
regulated by this enzyme. The main reason for concern given the pharmacological potential of
this interaction is a condition called serotonin syndrome. This condition causes the individual to
twitch uncontrollably and can in extreme cases result in death. This is easily avoided by not
taking drugs that increase serotonin, like MDMA or Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SRI)
antidepressants and avoiding foods high in tryptamines, such as aged cheese, for as least one
week before drinking Ayahuasca. This is a very complex field of study and given the advent of
prescription drug use it is impossible for this document to cover all possible interactions.
Therefore, the reader should take responsibility for their own research, aided with the search
terms provided in the above paragraph.
There are many good web sites that can provide the Ayahuasca student with the knowledge
required to begin their journey with confidence. This is a fast evolving knowledge and sites like
Erowid are good for providing the basics (as is this document), but this information soon becomes
redundant as new discoveries are made within the Ayahuasca community. The forefront of this
evolution is currently being documented within online community forums such as the scientifically
informed DMT Nexus ( and the more traditional Ayahuasca
forum ( Please use these resources to help develop and evolve
a healthy relationship with the vine.

These are but a few insights shared, but as you can surely see, only a very basic look at the
Ayahuasca knowledge pool, to allow the reader to become aware of the responsibility of working
with the vine.
The following is a step by step factual instruction of how to brew your three portions of
Ayahuasca. Feel free to add aspects of ritual that you hold true to yourself.
Note: A standard portion is 80g of dried Ayahuasca vine and 20g of dried Chacruna leaf,
Break your dried vine into smaller pieces with a hammer or heavy wooden mallet.
Place the vine pieces in a stainless steel pot and cover with approximately 2cm with filtered
Add teaspoon of citric acid (found in the baking section) to acidify the brew and help the
alkaloids migrate from the plant material into the brew.
Bring to a light boil for around 45 minutes. Do not over boil as the sugars contained within will
burn and ruin the taste of your brew.
Pound the vine material with the end of a heavy stick to aid in extracting the vine alkaloids into
the brew.
Strain off the brew through a cloth and place into a separate pot to reduce. Bring to a low boil.
Repeat the above steps one more time.
Add the leaves to the pot with the vine. Add water and citric acid as per the previous steps. Bring
to a light boil. Do not pound the leaves as this will release unwanted chlorophyll into the
Repeat two more times and reduce the entire brew in the reducing pot.
Reduce on a low boil to around 900mls.
Place the brew into a large glass jar and leave overnight.
Pour off the brew, leaving the sediment behind. Discard the sediment.
Reduce the brew down to 600ml and store in a glass jar in the fridge.
The following brew is taken in 100ml servings. If the brew is stored longer then two weeks the
brew should be re-simmered to freshen before consuming. The brew can be stored long term in
a plastic bottle in the freezer. Be sure to stir the remaining sediment into the brew before
removing a dose.
There are many personal aspects to preparing for an Ayahuasca experience. I will leave these up
to the reader to evolve themselves. The following is some practical advice and is the minimum
required to prepare for undertaking an Ayahuasca journey. It is a good idea to have a sitter who
you trust and is aware of the power of the vine to watch over you.
Eat lightly the day of your journey, i.e. plain rice, fruit and such. Avoid any foods high in tryptamines.
Eat a light meal around 3pm.

Stop drinking water around 6pm. You can drink again after the trip starts.
Prepare for your journey through meditation or ritual, before drinking.
Prepare your area with a purge bucket, a nice place to lie down, a damp face cloth and a dark
safe place with no distractions.
Drink around 7.30pm.
The brew should come on after around 45 minutes to an hour. If it doesnt trip off eat a small bit
of plain rice which should trip it off.
When the brew comes on you will feel extremely ill with the need to purge. Embrace the purge
bucket and let it all out. The alkaloids present in the vine can be very overwhelming to the
uninitiated, with feelings of sickness, dread and a heavy body load all possibilities. These
feelings can create a personal ordeal and coupled with the hallucinogenic properties of the
Chacruna leaf, send the participant into a period of introspection. Do not fight this process,
embrace it for the challenge that it is and understand that you have agreed to undertake this
challenge. You will be confronted with your darkest shadows and fears. Face them head on and
work through all previously hidden aspects of yourself. Around two hours in you should have
worked out most of your current issues and start working towards how to evolve forward,
unencumbered by your previous shadows. The journey will start coming to an end after around
three hours from the onset, so around 12.00am the journey should come to an end. You will
continue to bath in the afterglow for at least another hour, after which time you will be able to get
some rest.
No one can guarantee the outcome of your journey or whether you choose to continue evolving
with the Ayahuasca brew. Your journey will become easier over time once the physical, emotional
and spiritual aspects of yourself become familiar with the power and knowledge shared, while
maintaining a relationship with these powerful plants. Given the current legal issues surrounding
Ayahuasca in Australia, your relationship with these plants and how you wish to evolve it affects
all other folks working with the brew. Please be aware of this fact when deciding how you wish to
share this knowledge and with whom. I hope this document goes some way to addressing this
issue on my behalf.