This plant, the Psychotria Viridis, is an ingredient of the well-known Ayahuasca from the Amazon region. This plant, also called Chacruna, contains a high concentration of the visionary tryptamine DMT.
Tryptamine is a substance that is processed in derivative, synthesized form into hallucinogenic drugs such as LSD. Tryptamine also occurs in natural form and forms, for example, the hallucinogens DMT and psilocybin.
What is Chacruna?
This small tree grows in the warm regions of the Amazon region of South America. Chacruna belongs to the Rubiaceace family. It is a plant shrub that can grow to a height of 5 meters. The leaves themselves are about 5 to 15 centimeters long, which is the part of the tree that contains the psychoactive substances.
The name Chacruna comes from the word “chaqruy”, a verb meaning “to mix”. This refers to the traditional use of these leaves, which is to make the psychedelic drink Ayahuasca. Shamans of different tribes mix chacruna and Banisteriopsis caapi to create a concoction that evokes spiritual visions. In Europe and some other areas of the world Chacruna is also used more often. This is due to the plant’s psychedelic effects.
In most recipes 25 grams is considered a low dose, 50 grams a normal and 75 grams a high dose. The leaves are cooked on low heat for several hours. Some people make two or more infusions of the same plant material and then merge them together, after which the total liquid is condensed to a smaller, easy-to-swallow amount.
If you want to become one with the world, Ayahuasca is the tool you are looking for! Users report a very high degree of abstract thinking and a sense of unity. One of the reasons users take Ayahuasca is to pursue ego suppression. Chacruna consumption is generally considered a spiritual experience. After the trip, users feel happier, more creative and more at one with their thoughts. There have also been reports of people who feel less well afterwards. What they feel is mainly fear.
A well-known effect of Ayahuasca is the strong degree of an increased consciousness in the weeks after using this drug. This “mindfulness” is seen as a therapeutic effect that is being pursued for mental health.
Users recommend taking Ayahuasca in a calm, relaxing environment without too many external stimuli.