Anadenanthera peregrina | Yopo Seeds | Angico | Cohoba
- Wild harvested in Bolivia
Common names: Yopo, Cohona, Vilca, Huilca, Huilco, Hakudufha, Kahhobba, Kahobba, Niopo, Parica, Yopa, Yopo, Yupa, Angico, Cebil.
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Anadenanthera peregrina | Yopo – Cohoba
We wildcraft our 100% organic Anadenanthera peregrina seeds ourselves in Peru.
Traditionally, local people use the seeds in sacred rituals and healing ceremonies. We can see from the discovery of snuff trays and tubes from around 1200BC that the people of the Brazilian Amazon, Colombia and Venezuela used them as snuff for spiritual healing.
They say that in Peru, Incan medicine men used the snuff to foretell the future by communicating with otherworldly spirits. Many of the indigenous cultures of the Amazon have disappeared, so it is a mystery exactly what these cultures used the seeds for. We need to rely on archaeological findings and oral history.
The pods of Anadenanthera peregrina from the Purica trees open when ripe, exposing the greyish seeds inside. Traditionally, local people gathered these seeds, sometimes fermented, then moistened and ground them on stones to create a paste. They gently toasted the paste over a slow burning fire and allowed it to dry. Some accounts say that they then added an alkaline substance, such as the ash of various plants or ground snail shells, to the Yopo mixture. The addition of a calcium or an alkaloid to ‘chews’ or ‘snuffs’ was, and is, a common practice among indigenous peoples. They believe it activates the medicine. But in the case of Yopo, the addition of an alkaline substance may not be essential.
The indigenous tribes of South and Central America have also been known to use Yopo for the treatment of dysentery and gonorrhoea. Some reports also say they used it to treat digestive problems and pneumonia.
The Anadenanthera peregrina or Yopo, a magnificent tree, is a perennial native of the Caribbean and South America. It grows to heights of 20 meters. The leaves of the tree are feather-like and made up of several smaller leaves. The flowers are yellow to white, and spherical. These become seedpods, carrying many small seeds. It is the seeds the indigenous cultures of South and Central America most revere.
Anadenanthera peregrina is almost identical to that of a related tree, Anadenanthera colubrina, commonly known as cebíl or vilca. The beans of A. colubrina have a similar chemical makeup to Anadenanthera peregrina. Their primary component is bufotenin.
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