Banisteriopsis caapi yellow | Shredded | Shipped from USA
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Banisteriopsis caapi yellow | Shredded | Shipped from USA
Our yellow Banisteriopsis caapi, one of the main ingredients of Ayahuasca, comes from the sacred land of a Kichwa family in the Rio Napo region of Ecuador. When the founders of Waking Herbs, Wouter and Laura, met them they felt a mutual connection. The family invited them onto their land which lies just a few hours from Wouter and Laura’s home. This family forms part of a long ancestral line of keepers at a sacred ceremonial cave where a waterfall is hidden inside. On the tribal land around the cave, these stewards of the sacred sustainably cultivate and harvest the vines by replanting ten vines for each plant they harvest. The vines are then sun-dried and are given no further treatment.
Many tribes native to the Amazon region regard Banisteriopsis caapi as a plant of the gods. Known as a Master Plant Teacher, this giant woody vine grows in the lush Amazon rainforest of Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Brazil.
Banisteriopsis caapi, also known as the source of Ayahuasca, has been used in ritual context throughout the Amazonian rainforest and is known as the “vine of the soul” in the Quechua language. Known most commonly for its healing power, this vine is richly steeped in cultural mythology and tradition. Although it is revered internationally it is still considered to be a very mysterious plant, arguably one of the most fascinating and culturally rich plants on earth.
Shamans of the Amazon claim that they can achieve altered states of consciousness just by using this plant alone. There are approximately 70+ tribes who have traditionally used this vine for various purposes, including healing, spiritual sight, foretelling the future and divination. This vine is responsible for the breadth of botanical knowledge held by these tribal peoples.
In the past, and in some remote areas of the jungle today, local people make tea from the vine and use it to treat a wide variety of illnesses. The decoction can also be massaged into the skin. Elders blow the powder through a bird windpipe into the lungs of young Waorani boys. It is said to give the child powerful lungs and the strength to become a great hunter.
Traditionally, the Banisteriopsis caapi vine is taken and shredded, usually done by pounding small sections with a stone. Other than drying, the vine does not go through any other treatment.
The vine grows plentifully in the Amazon rainforest in South America. B. caapi thrives in humus-rich, moist soil with partial to full sun such as is found in warm, tropical environments. The vine possesses a rather distinctive appearance, with a circular twisting shape that bears many branches and leaves. It has been recorded to grow an average of 40 ft in height!
The leaves of the caapi are broad and have little hairs on the abaxial (lower) leaf surface that gives the green leaves an etheric silvery appearance. Leaves are opposite, green, oval-shaped, smooth on top and pointed on the end.
The flowers are petite (12-14mm in diameter and 2.5-3mm long) with a white to pinkish colour when in full bloom. They are indeed a special and rare sight to see. Its small fan-like seeds are green in colour when fresh and fade to a brown when dried.
Banisteriopsis caapi is used to make Ayahuasca, a mixture used for thousands of years by various tribes of the Amazon. This brew has a long history of use as an entheogen and as a remedy. It is known for its profound and deep cleansing effect on the body as a purgative, but it also cleanses the mind, heart and energetic field of the user.
Native Amazonian peoples have identified more than 20 varieties of B.caapi. Although there is no apparent difference in species, the caapi vine is categorized by those who use it. Shamans have identified different potencies, effects, and uses for each variety.
The deep brown stems contain various chemical components such as harmine, harmaline and tetrahydroharmine. These components are classified as MAOIs, or monoamine oxidase inhibitors. Scientific research reports the vines to have approximately 0.11-0.83% beta-carboline, the majority of which is harmaline and tetrahydroharmine.
As the discovery and exploration of the traditional use of Ayahuasca grew, it became known for its telepathic powers. Initially the psychoactive alkaloid was called telepathine, but people now know it as harmaline. When this root is used on its own, it produces mood-enhancing and sedative effects. In stronger doses the harmaline can produce nausea, vomiting and shivering.
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Our products are not certified by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) nor by Health Canada, for human consumption. They are sold for incense and soap making purposes, decorative purposes and/or legitimate ethnobotanical research. Our products are not sold or intended for human consumption. The information given about the plants is for academic purposes only and not intended to be used medically. Wakingherbs.com, its suppliers, agents, employees and distributors cannot be held accountable for any misuse of the products offered.
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We have been successfully shipping Mimosa hostilis around the world for some years now. However, there are certain, country-specific restrictions to which we must abide.Legislation dictates that we cannot ship Mimosa products to the following countries:
France (including Overseas Territories of France)
Shipping Mimosa hostilis to the USA: For customers ordering only our Mimosa hostilis Hidden Valley and/or Mexican MHRBs, we have established a warehouse that will exclusively ship to our customers from within the US. This has the advantage of offering tracked shipping without having to pass through customs and a delivery time of only 3-4 working days. Orders will be shipped with USPS Priority mail. This service is available for Mimosa only orders. Any other products will need to ordered separately and will be shipped from the Netherlands.
Please have a look at this specific faq for further information on the shipping options that we offer to the USA.
- Registered shipping: This comes with tracking and is faster than our free shipping.
- Free shipping: For this service no tracking is available. It tends to be half as quick as the registered shipping. But hey, if you're not in a hurry and tracking is not important please do use this reliable shipping option!
For shipping to Canada we also offer DHL Express on certain ordersFor shipping to the USA, we offer four types of shipping: Registered PostNL: This option ships using PostNL, the national postal service of The Netherlands. Once the package arrives in the US, the USPS take over the shipping. Orders can be tracked with the tracking tool found at www.usps.com. Free shipping: There is no tracking available for this reliable, but slower shipping method. Packages ship with PostNL and then are handed over to the USPS and deliveries may take up to 30 days. This option is not always available, depending on what you are ordering and where you are shipping to. Registered via NY: Depending on which state you are shipping to, this option will be available in order to try and ensure that there are no delays to your package as it enters the US. Packages are shipped first of all with PostNL to a NY forwarding address and then, from there, shipped on to you. We will update you on the tracking once your order is shipped from the Netherlands and then again once it is forwarded from NY. Updates can take up to 24 hours because we work in different time zones around the world.
When you place an order in our web shop, you will automatically see the shipping options that are available, depending on your cart contents and the US state you are shipping to. For different states we use different methods.Free Shipping from USA: For customers ordering only our Mimosa hostilis Hidden Valley and/or Mexican MHRBs, we have also established a warehouse that will exclusively ship to our customers from within the US. This has the advantage of offering tracked shipping without having to pass through customs and a delivery time of only 3-4 working days. Orders will be shipped with USPS Priority mail. This service is available for Mimosa only orders. Any other products will need to ordered separately and will be shipped from the Netherlands. Good to know: All of our orders are packed and shipped discreetly with only the obligatory information such as shipping and return address on the outside. Registered orders outside of Europe are sent with PostNL who hand your order over to the national postal service of your country. For instance in the US, packages are handed over to the USPS. Registered orders within Europe are sent with DPD. Fast and trackable at all times. Our Free shipping option is slow(er) but very reliable too. Estimated shipping time for outside Europe is between two to four weeks depending on postal flows.
For valuable orders we would advise choosing the Registered option.
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