Ayahuasca [ah-yuh-wah-skuh] is any of various psychoactive infusions or decoctions prepared from the Banisteriopsis spp. vine, usually mixed with the leaves of dimethyltryptamine (DMT)-containing species of shrubs.

The brew, first described academically in the early 1950s by Harvard ethnobotanist Richard Evans Schultes, who found it employed for divinatory and healing purposes by Amerindians of Amazonian Colombia, is known by a number of different names.


2 Comments to “Ayahuasca”

  1. I am making a brochure about medicinal plants for the botanic garden at Smith College. Could I use your image of the Banisteriopsis vine? I’d be happy to give credit to your blog! Thanks. http://www.smith.edu/garden/home.html

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