Simon’s Ayahuasca Guide

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Ayahuasca (a.k.a yage, ayawaska) is mixture of a MAOI inhibitor containing plant and a DMT containing plant (usually Psychotria viridis and Banisteriopsis caapi). DMT containing and MAOI inhibitor containing plants are synergistic and for a full-blown Ayahuasca trip you need to have them both in the mixture.

/Although you might get some of the effects if you ingest the DMT containing plant material in itself, for a full blown Ayahuasca trip they need to be consumed together and prepared according to the recipe below./

Traditional ayahuasca ingredients are:

  • Banisteriopsis caapi
  • Psychotria viridis (is often substituted with Syrian rue if psychotria is unavailable)
  • Mimosa hostilis


Ayahuasca effects


Ayahuasca is often attributed with creating the most profound of psychedelic experiences.

The finished brew contains powerful hallucinogenic alkaloids (not just DMT, see below).

During the psychedelic experience the most affected sense is vision (open and closed-eye visuals).

Ayahuasca users describe their experiences as:

  • prophetic,
  • profound,
  • visionary,
  • spiritual,
  • and healing.

Ayahausca has a strong body load as well, the brew causes strong nausea and/or diarrhea shortly after ingestion.

As with every psychedelic, bad trips are possible.

Depending on the dosage and method of preparation an ayahusaca trip can last 8 hours or more.


Interesting fact about ayahuasca: the Ayahuasca brew contains the second strongest naturally occurring hallucinogenics.

Only salvanorin, the main active ingredient of Salvia is stronger gram by gram, but the high from salvinorin is much shorter.


On the picture you can see ayahuasca tea being prepared. The pot of yage contains Banisteriopsis caapi and Psychotria viridis, the traditional ingredients of ayahuasca. You can read the full ayahuasca recipe under the picture.
Preaparing ayahuasca tea in an ayahuasca retreat.


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Ayahuasca guide



Ayahuasca retreat


Ayahuasca originates from Amazonian tribes, where it has been used by shamans for spiritual purposes for thousand of years.

The modern world rediscovered the rich ethnobotanical tradition of ayahuasca. In South America investors have teamed up with shamans in the Amazon rain-forest regions, creating ayahuasca healing retreats.

Visiting an ayahuasca retreat is believed to help alleviate (or even cure) a variety of mental and physical illnesses and it said to allow participants to communicate with the spirit world.

Some reports and scientific studies affirm that ritualized use of Ayahuasca may improve mental and physical health.

Source: New Scientist – Psychedelic medicine: Mind bending, health giving


Ayahuasca – legal status


Ayahuasca is a natural mixture of DMT containing plants, therefore it appears to be exempt from the international laws governing synthetic DMT and DMT extracts, which are controlled substances.

No plants (natural materials) containing DMT are at present controlled under the 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances. Consequently, preparations (e.g. decoctions) made of these plants, including ayahuasca are not under international control and, therefore, not subject to any of the articles of the 1971 Convention.
-Source: Erowid UN FAX


USA – Ayahuasca plants and preparations are legal, as they contain no scheduled chemicals.
However, brews made using DMT containing plants are illegal since DMT is a Schedule I drug.

Canada – Harmalin congaing plants are illegal in Canada therefore Ayahuasca is also illegal. However ayahuasca use is tolerated and not actively prosecuted according to internet testimonials.

France – It’s illegal, both the finished brew and the ingredients as well.

UK –The brew is illegal but the ingredients are not.


Ayhuasca is known to be legal in the following countries:

  • Brazil
  • Netherlands


Countries not included have no reliable information available on the legal status of ayahuasca online in English.

Ayahuasca according to internet testimonials and reviews and blog posts appears to be not controlled in most countries, due to its obscurity. However, no official sources deny or confirm this.


If you have information (with sources) about the legal status of Ayahuasca in a country not included please help and let me know in the comments section below.


Buy Ayahuasca

You can not legally purchased prepared DMT-containing ayahuasca (beware of scams) but you can buy the ingredients needed.

Buy Banisteriopsis caapi, Psychotria viridis, Syrian rue in the US

You can buy ayahuasca ingredients in the US at the following pages:
/Preparing ayhuasca is illegal in the US and the finished brew is considered a controlled substance, but the ingredients listed below are legal to buy and sell./


If the ingredients are not available above you might still be able to find them at a European vendor (see below).

Buy Banisteriopsis caapi, Psychotria viridis, Syrian rue in the Netherlands

You can buy all the necessary ingredients to prepare ayahuasca in the Netherlands at the following page:

Buy ayahuasca, ayahuasca ingredients /shipped from the Netherlands/



Ayahuasca active ingredients


The main active ingredients of ayahuasca are:

  • DMT
  • any MAOI inhibitor
  • tetrahydroharmine
  • harmine
  • harmaline

And many other alkaloids found in the ingredients contribute to the Ayahuasca trip. However, these alkaloids are not well researched.

If you ingest DMT containing plants orally, most of the DMT will be broken down by your body before it can do anything. This is where MAOI inhibitors come in.

Monoamine oxidase inhibitors interfere wit the MAO enzyme, which stops the breakdown of DMT (and it also inhibits the breakdown of poisons and many drugs, please be aware of side effects, do not take MAOI with any medication).


Ayahuasca effects


Most of the effects of ayahuasca come from DMT. DMT is arguably the most powerful naturally occurring psychedelic and the second most powerful hallucinogenic.

It is described as a substance that creates the most profound of all psychedelic experiences.

On a psychological level, the ayahuasca brew amplifies all feelings and perceptions making the experience of thinking, self-reflection, reaction and belief more vivid and intense. This is often reffered to as the “ayahuasca effect”.

The most common anecdotal reports from use of the tea are of profound psychological and spiritual healing, accompanied by personal insight and integration. It is often reported that the tea breaks even profound depressive episodes in a single use.

During the psychedelic experience the most affected sense is vision.

Ayahuasca users describe their experiences as having long sequences of dream-like imagery. This can be translated to manifestations of spirit helpers, demons and deities, geometrical pattern and tigers, birds and reptiles.

After ingesting ayhuasca, people often believe that they can see events at a great distance, experience sensations of flying and even death.


Ayahausca causes strong nausea and/or diarrhea shortly after ingestion.


Health benefits of ayahuasca


Apart from the well-established therapeutical effects (see above, at ayahuasca retreat) ayahuasca confers additional health benefits.

Apart from depression, it also treat hopelessness, anxiety and panic.

Source: Researchgate – Effects of Ayahuasca on Psychometric Measures of Anxiety, Panic-Like and Hopelessness in Santo Daime Members


Dangers of ayahuasca


Ayahuasca contains MAOI inhibitors, so the usual precautions must be taken.

Ayahuasca should not be consumed by diabetics, people with high blood pressure.

As with all psychedelics, a bad trip is possible.

Apart from this ayahuasca is non-addictive and not very harmful if not taken in excess.



Ayahuasca tea dosage and preparation


The following is the recommended dosage of ayahuasca containing Mimosa hostilis and Syrian rue.

Mimosa hostilis: If pure root bark is used then 8 grams finely ground to a powder or stringy fiber is sufficient. If some of the root is mixed with the bark, then adjust the dosage to 12 grams.

Syrian rue: 3 grams finely powdered via grinder or mortar and pestle. The seeds are difficult to grind and much effort is needed. The finer the powder the better.


  • Distilled water treated with the juice of a lemon and 250 mg of crushed ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) is sufficient to produce an acidic aqueous solution.
  • Place the bark and seed powder in a small stainless steel pot and bring to a low boil (barely 100 degrees C) over an open fire or a hot stove
  • Stir the brew frequently and allow to boil for about 20 minutes. More prepared acidic water should be added as needed to keep the liquid from completely boiling off.
  • Then decant the brew and strain through a fine wire mesh. Coffee filters are too fine, but cheesecloth, panty hose, or ‘permanent coffee filters’ work well.
  • Press the mush and try to squeeze out as much liquid as possible. This can be accomplished with cheesecloth or an old fashioned rag, like a cloth diaper.
  • Boil the mush again in the prepared water and repeat the process for a total of three times.
  • Combine the liquids and slowly simmer to a reasonable, drinkable amount.

Some prefer to sip slowly, others to down the beverage as quickly as possible.

The slow sipping probably reduces nausea although it prolongs the onset and lessens the intensity.

Source: Erowid Ayahuasca cookbook


The following is an ayahuasca recipe using Mimisa hostilis and Banisteriopsis caapi.

Ayahuasca preparation video tutorial


This is a simple ayahuasca recipe with good results. You will be needing mimosa and caapi.

Materials you will need:

  • 3-4 Pots
  • measuring cup
  • vinegar
  • mimosa hostilis
  • banisteriopsis caapi
  • a whole lot of time ( 5-10 hours)

The amount that is used in the video tutorial:

  • vinegar (60mL x 3) = 180mL in total
  • mimosa hostilis shredded= 160 grams
  • Caapi resin= 150 grams of
  • water (3L x 3) = 9 Liter total


Ayahuasca tea preparation, step by step:

  1. Put 3 liter of water in a pot. Let the water cook to 80% before boiling. Then turn it down to medium heat.
  2. Put 60 ml vinegar apple or a white vinegar one (better if organic), but regular vinegar works just as good.
  3. Put the plant material, mimosa hostilis, inside the water.
  4. Mix all vinegar, mimosa, and water. Stir. Make sure that it is not boiling. You want it warm/hot. Cook it for 3 hours.
  5. Turn off the stove, and let it get a little bit cooler and then filter all the liquid. Use coffee filter/hand towel. Press the materials till you can’t get any more liquid out.
  6. Put the liquid and the left-over mimosa in different pots. Save both of them. Leave the liquid on the side (we need it) I want to point out that you will not have 3L of mimosa as some of the water is evaporated. this is okay.
  7. Take the leftover mimosa from the blanket/filter. Put it again in 3 liters water and put 60 mL of vinegar. Basically, doing step 1 – 6 again.
  8. Repeat step 7.
  9. Put all 3 pots of mimosa liquid together. Now you can throw away the solid shredded mimosa.
  10. Cook it till you have around 1.5 liters. Slow cooking it to make it more concentrated.
  11. Take the 1.5 liter and put it in the fridge to let it cool down overnight.
  12. Next day filter again the liquid and put the residual materials in the trash, and warm the liquid again on the stove.
  13. Put in 150 grams of resin. Stir and mix it for 15-30 minutes or until it completely dissolves.
  14. You should have around 1 liter left.


Buy Ayahuasca

You can not legally purchased prepared DMT-containing ayahuasca (beware of scams) but you can buy the ingredients needed.

Buy Banisteriopsis caapi, Psychotria viridis, Syrian rue in the US


Buy Banisteriopsis caapi, Psychotria viridis, Syrian rue in the Netherlands

You can buy all the necessary ingredients to prepare ayahuasca in the Netherlands at the following page:

Buy ayahuasca ingredients /shipped from the Netherlands/


Ayahuasca trip reports


The following are trip reports of people who drank ayahuasca and shared the experience.

“It was very hard keeping my eyes opened, I couldn´t really stare at things, too much light even if it was night, so I kept them shut most of the time. There were layers and layers and layers of some impressive dynamic colourful material. Light emanated from every part, a light that contained all knowledge existing.

And then I saw them. There were beings, they were all looking over me. They were very advanced, dynamic, colourful but half-transparent, so I couldn´t really delineate where one ended and where another began. I started feeling a certain energy knot in my stomach, and they were looking at it. I noticed the knot slowly coming up, and I saw that it was the beings bringing this knot up. I felt like I wanted to vomit that knot to get it over with.. but no, you really think it´s that easy? It was going slooooowly up, and I saw those beings ´operating´ me. It wasn´t scary, it wasn´t as if I was abducted by aliens or something. It was beings of light I saw with my eyes closed and I felt they wanted only good. “

Source: Erowid – Ayahuasca  – Trip report

A fox screamed in the night and my dog began whimpering in her sleep. a dark energy filled the space and i instinctively blew the bad energy away. it worked and the fire relit at the same moment. which was cool!. it was in this stage that i was keenly aware that i could heal things and manipulate the spirit energy in everything. it was like the energy had become solid and could reach out and mold it.

i watched the patterns once more as the effects began to wear off. three and half hours after i first drunk i made myself some boiled vegetables and plain pasta and began to sort out what had just happened.

all in all. it was a very educational and enjoyable experience.

Source: Neurosoup – Ayahuasca – Trip report


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Some of the information presented here might be outdated or incorrect (check “last updated” below). Make sure, that if you are planning to try out any of the substances to research them yourself as well.

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Last updated: 2015. 11. 09.

Simon's Ayahuasca Guide
Article Name
Simon's Ayahuasca Guide
This ethnobotanical guide focuses on ayahuasca (also known as yagé, ayawaska) a combination of a DMT containing plant and MAOI inhibitor.

7 thoughts on “Simon’s Ayahuasca Guide”

  1. I would love to try this but where do I start looking for the ingredients? Any suggestions would be helpful,… Thank you in advance ,

    1. So I am an avid psyconot but have never tried ayahuasca. I am wondering can anyone assist me in acquiring the ingredients legally please and thank you

    2. Ebay enough to make 3 batches for about 35 dollars

  2. Mischa Sun says:

    It has been said that due to the MAO inhibitors, Diabetics should not take this trip. Is there work around. not taking certain meds that day or two days or sipping slowly while watching blood sugar numbers or blood pressure. are some thoughts

  3. The recipes seem to be missing the caapi vine. How much caapi is used and does it go in at the same time as the syrian rue and mimosa?

  4. Michael tyndall says:

    Can I use b caapi powder instead of the vine to make the tea? If so, how many grams of the powder shoukd I use?

  5. I’ve started to have higher blood pressure lately. I am 65. I’d like to know what is considered the measure of high blood pressure in your recommendation not to take it if it is the case?

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