Banisteriopsis caapi | Tigre | Colombia | Shredded Vine

Banisteriopsis caapi | Tigre | Colombia | Shredded Vine

  • Colombia
  • New in our range
  • Harvested August 2019

Common names: Banisteriopsis caapi Tigre, Tigre Ayahuasca

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Banisteriopsis caapi  Tigre | Colombia | Putumayo

Taita Yaiguaje from Colombia lives on the banks of the Putumayo River. He told us stories, shared his brew with us, and allowed us to collect this precious vine.

The Ziobain (Siona) people from Lower Putumayo in Colombia plant this vine in the jungle, away from human contact until they harvest it. They prepare it during a new moon, and plant the stems when the moon is waxing.

Native Use

According to the stories of the people from the upper Amazon in Colombia, Tigre Yagé got its name after special powers were given to the Taita (knowledgeable about the spiritual world) who prepared the Banisisteriopsis caapi.  He developed such great powers that he was actually able to transform physically into a Butterfly Tigre (Panthera).

People tell the story of this great shaman who still walks at night close to the rivers. He eats from this vine, is the guardian of the territory, and is the one who connects different worlds.

The Taita always has Tigre by his side. This is because when he uses this plant in a ceremony, he can overcome challenges, such as “returning the spirit of a person when he is lost”.


Scientific Information

The deep brown stems contain various chemical components such as harmine, harmaline and tetrahydroharmine. They are classified as harmala alkaloids and MAOI’s. Scientific analysis has identified that the vines contain approximately 0.11-0.83% beta-carboline, the majority of which is harmaline and tetrahydroharmaline.

As exploration of the traditional use of the Vine grew, it became known for its telepathic powers. Initially the psychoactive alkaloid was called telepathine, but people now know it as harmaline. When people use this root on its own it produces mood-enhancing and other effects

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