Banisteriopsis caapi and Psychotria viridis

Formula:  C12H16N2 

Drug class: Psychedelic; tryptamine

Other names: Aya; Hoasca; Brew; Grandmother

Onset of action: 20-60 minutes

Peak: 3-5 hours


Ayahuasca is a psychoactive brew or tea most commonly derived from Banisteriopsis caapi, a vine containing monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), and the leaves of Psychotria viridis or other plant containing N,N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT), and often several other admixture plants.

Did you know?

  • Ayahuasca is legal in many countries in South America. 
  • MAPS completed the first North American observational study of the safety and long-term effectiveness of ayahuasca treatment for addiction and dependence.
  • In the United States, the União do Vegetal and the Santo Daime Church have been granted legal freedom to use ayahuasca for religious purposes, though DMT, the principally active ingredient, remains a Schedule I controlled substance.


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