The plant medicine Ayahuasca is made from the vine Banisteriopsis caapi, called Caapi for short. The name comes from the indigenous Quechua language spoken in the Andes and means "Vine of the Soul". Traditionally, in and around the Amazon, Ayahuasca has been regarded by local healers as a sacred medicine, due to its purifying, healing and spiritual properties for the body and mind.
The Medicine made from the Banisteriopsis Caapi vine is called in Peru "Ayahuasca" meaning in Quecha "Vine of the Soul". This Medicine by itself contains amazing healing capacities and is used for at least centuries among amazonian tribes.
Master plants are those plant species that indigenous Shipibo shamans, Curranderos and Curranderas, work with as part of their ayahuasca ceremonies and shamanic initiations.
Master plants, such as Chacruna, Chaliponga (Diplopterys cabrerana), Acacia or Jurema (Mimosa tenuiflora/hostilis), are commonly used in combination with Caapi or Syrian Wineweed (Jurema).
Other healing Master Plants include Bobinsana, Remo Caspi, Ayahuma, Uña de Gato, Passiflora, Chiric Sanango, Mapacho, Nu-Nu or Rapé. These are also used during Matster Plant Dieta’s in Peru.
You may be called to work with one or more of these sacred plant spirits, and here is where you can learn more about their essence.
Harmala alkaloids, namely: harmine, harmaline and tetrahydroharmine (ayahuasca). Besides having a mild psychoactive, sedative and healing effect, these substances also have an MAOI inhibiting effect. The inhibition of MAOI increases the availability of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, noradrenaline and dopamine. As a result, caution should be taken when using certain foods, certain medications and recreational drugs.
MAO inhibitors are a class of substances that inhibit the activity of one or both monoamine oxidase enzymes (MAO). These substances/compounds inhibit the two enzymes, MAO-A and MAO-B, which occur naturally in the central nervous system, gastrointestinal tract and liver, among others. The MAO barriers are a safety mechanism that protects us from mildly dangerous foods and certain substances by ensuring that they enter our bloodstream in non-toxic form or concentration.
Due to the presence of MAO inhibitors in Ayahuasca or analogues, the simultaneous use of certain medications, drugs, herbs and foods can become risky and have a dampening, enhancing or disturbing effect on the experience of your journey. n combination with these MAO inhibitors, some medications and certain drugs can have dangerous and even life-threatening effects/consequences.
Combinations of plants that do not contain the original Caapi but instead contain Syrian Rue (Peganum Harmala) are thus an analogue of the original Ayahuasca and are therefore also called Anahuasca. An example is Jurema. Other combinations that do have the Caapi vine as their base, and with Chaliponga instead of Chacruna, have specific indigenous names such as Yagé, Yaye, or Natem
The Spirit Molecule refers to the book "DMT: The Spirit Molecule" by Nick Strassman, who writes there in detail about his research on the effects of N,N-Dimethyltryptamine
No Ayahuasca per se is not dangerous. It is if it is used in the wrong setting and and carelessly without proper thorough preparation. Set and setting are very important.
The lianas Banisteriopsis Caapi / Muricata from which the medicinal drink Ayahuasca is made are legally available and the tea can be consumed legally. The other plants are also available only some of them are not permitted to be made into a tea.
No Ayahuasca, like all Entheogens and psychedelics, is not addictive. In fact, it can actually help you get rid of an addiction. We also do not see Ayahuasca as a drug but as a Sacred Plant Medicine and as our sacrament.
Whether Ayahuasca is for you depends entirely on your personal situation and circumstances. First of all, it is of the utmost importance to find out for yourself whether you have any contraindications. Furthermore, your motivation is important. Read more here
"In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order” ~ C.G. Jung ~
We advise all our participants to inform themselves well in advance, and research the possible risks and contraindications associated with working with Ayahuasca.
Below you can find more information on precautions & contraindications (such as lists of specific pharmacuticals and medications, recreational drugs and other preparations).
It is very important to do some soul-searching and reflect on why you want to work with this plant medicine. Do you feel willing to travel deep within and go on a self-exploration journey? What motivates you? What do you want to get out of it? And what goal do you have in mind, what intention?
If you have a history of psychosis*, schizophrenia or borderline, we advise against participating in an Ayahuasca ceremony.
If you have a history of having physical complaints such as cardiovascular disease, severe kidney problems, strokes, brain infarcts, severe neurological disorders, or epilepsy, we advise against participating in an Ayahuasca ceremony with.
Medicines, recreational & psychoactive drugs and herbs/herbal preparations
Life-threatening situations can arise from combining Ayahuasca with: virtually all antidepressants (such as SSRIs) and stimulants, common migraine medications, certain herbs and most cold medications (including decongestants, antihistamines, and cough syrups). The same goes for certain recreational drugs.
The MAOIs in Ayahuasca have reversible or reversible effects, and are therefore also called 'Reversible Inhibitors of Monoamino oxidase A' or RIMAs for short. Although safer than irreversible or irreversible MAOIs, the RIMAs present in Ayahuasca can still have very dangerous and sometimes fatal interactions with many common drugs. In particular, they can cause serotonin syndrome or hypertensive crisis when combined with the above drugs - for more specifications, see the lists below.Therefore, be honest and inform yourself and us well before participating in any ceremony!
- Other MAOIs
- Antidepressants such as: SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor), SNRIs (selective serotonin and noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors), TCAs (Tricyclic antidepressants)
- Central nervous system (CNS) medication to suppress or sedate such as: barbiturates, benzodiazepines, most sleeping pills, opioids
- Sympaticomimetics & Amphetamines: such as adhd medication among others
- Antihypertensives (high blood pressure medication)
- Some medications for asthma, bronchitis or other respiratory problems (specially when used in large quantities.
- Antihistamines, medication against colds, sinus problems, hay fever or allergies (Actifed DM, Benadryl, Benylin, Chlor-Trimeton, Compoz, etc)
- Hunger suppressants (diet pills)
These lists are not exhaustive! If you use any form of prescription or recreational drugs, always inform yourself well and if in doubt, contact a professional such as your family doctor or a therapist, specialist or pharmacist. You can also contact us, although we are not medical experts!
More information about contra-indications and Ayahuasca diet you find here on this page
ayahuasca reviews & experiences
"I could have never expected a better setting, so safe and loving. Surrendering was possible thanks to all the help that I received which I’m eternally grateful for. The music was magical, the vibe, the singing and dancing, the sharing circles – all had a massive. positive impact on my experience."
"I deeply appreciated the loving care we received from the facilitators of the group and Ronald’s wisdom, skill and reverence for the sacredness of the plant spirits, creating a safe container where magic can happen. The music was also perfect and very inspiring in my inner journey, I will keep it in my heart forever"
"Ik overdrijf absoluut niet als ik zeg dat naar deze retraite gaan het beste was wat me ooit is overkomen! De muziek en de steun van de begeleiders was veel meer dan ik ooit had kunnen dromen en maakte het voor mij relatief gemakkelijk om me over te geven. Ik probeer aan iets negatiefs te denken, maar ik kan het gewoon niet! 10/10."
"Thank you so much to all of you that held such a nourishing, safe and creative space for my first ever Sacred Plants experience. It was a beautiful struggle at points but I felt truly secure to surrender into the journey and attune to my process and intention. I felt so much love, universal love and a very deep connection to myself and loved ones."