According to native shamans, the Rivea Corymbosa seeds provide very strong visionary effects, however more frequently people experience a deep state of relaxation and wellbeing.
Rivea corymbosa is a woody perennial vine, which creeps and climbs on trees. Its leaves are heart shaped and the flowers are tunnel shaped and white. It is believed that the plant is native to Mexico, however it is very common in other regions such as Cuba and the North American Gulf coast. It can also be found throughout Central America as well as in the South American Amazon basin of Columbia. The plant cannot survive frost and thrives in conditions that are warm, tropical and with moist, wet soil. The seeds are small, oval and brown in color. The flowers will only produce two seeds per flower.
Rivea corymbosa is a fast growing plant that loves the water and sunlight. It can be found growing abundantly in the mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico, where it is known for its traditional usage as a shamanic plant.
Among the Aztecs, it was used for magic and religious ceremonies. The Zapotecs, Chinantecs, Mazatecs, and the Mixtecs still use the Ololuiqui. According to Richard Evan Schultes, Ololuiqui was deemed to possess a spirit of its own, that when properly propitiated, could perform miracles, and was seen as more important in divinity than peyotl or teonanácatl. The Aztecs also used R. corymbosa in magical ointments known as ‘sacred flesh’ that was prepared from the ashes of insects, tobacco and Ololuiqui seeds. This ointment may have ritualistic uses but was also used medicinally to treat gout. In addition to the seeds, the leaves and roots also have psychoactive properties, and these parts were used for divinatory purposes.
The seeds have also been used to treat bruises and external wounds; it has been used as a diuretic, an anti-flatulence aid, anti-venereal, for pain relief, and was believed to dissolve bruises.
The chemical constituents of R. corymbosa, contain about 0.07% ergot alkaloids, primarily ergine. Terpine glycosides and galactomannanes have also been identified.