Banisteriopsis caapi Yellow
Our Banisteriopsis caapi yellow comes from a family’s ancestral chacra in the Peruvian Amazon basin. This family has spent decades cultivating all kinds of B. caapi to keep the tradition alive.
Until relatively recently, the different strains of Banisteriopsis caapi or Yagé have been known only to natives. Oral tradition and color have defined caapi varieties since modern taxonomy is still unraveling the countless plant diversities in the Amazon. Different indigenous groups usually tend to be familiar only with the vines that grow in their territory. We know that caapi yellow originates and is preferred by some Amazonian communities in Peru.
Next to our Banisteriopsis caapi white, also see our different kinds of caapi: White
B. caapi is a legendary vine, also known as the “vine of the souls.” It is the main ingredient in the entheogenic bark beverage called “ayahuasca” or “yagé,” prepared, drunk, and shared by Amazon shamans during special ceremonies. Many indigenous cultures believe that the drink opens up the user to extraordinary perceptions and potentially healing powers.
B. caapi is richly steeped in cultural mythology and indigenous traditional practices. This explains why it is considered worldwide as a unique entheogen that produces a sense of wholesome connection within the user, engendering mystical experiences.
For millennia, this plant has been considered a gift from the gods throughout the Amazon basin. To this day, it is still regarded as sacred by many indigenous communities. It is often referred to as a “Master Plant Teacher” through which one could enter a spiritual healing doorway. Many cultures also believe that it facilitates self-awareness, dream-like visions, and helps overcome existential challenges.
The Malpighiaceae jungle liana is native to the Amazon rainforests of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Brazil. The plant thrives in humus-rich soils, climbing and embracing other Amazonian trees in search of sunlight. It can grow up to 40 feet in height! Its leaves are oval-shaped and dark green with a slight silvery appearance. B. caapi prefers to grow on strong trees, and the vine itself becomes thick and woody with age. The flowers are tiny, of a yellow to pinkish color, yet are seldom seen in bloom.
The bark of B. caapi contains 0.11-0.83% B-carboline alkaloids such as harmine, harmaline, and tetrahydroharmine. These components are potent monoamine oxidase-A inhibitors (MAOI) that have been reported to support neurogenesis in the brain.
Many ongoing pharmacology and clinical studies have provided evidence that B. caapi may have therapeutic applications as an immune modulator, as well as in the treatment of some psychological disorders like alcoholism, substance abuse, and serotonergic deficits.
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