Mimosa hostilis, also known as Mimosa tenuiflora or Jurema, is a perennial shrub native to the northeastern region of Brazil and found as far north as southern Mexico. It can grow up to 8 m and grows most of it in the first five years, during which it can already reach 4–5 m. The main active ingredient in Mimosa hostilis is DMT (dimethyltryptamine). Our Mimosa hostilis root bark has a DMT content of about 1%.
The root bark of Mimosa hostilis plays an interesting role in the history and present of psychedelic shamanism, and is widely used in making analogous ayahuasca (anahuasca). Anahuasca is the term used for any concoction with a similar psychopharmacology (one MAO-inhibiting plant, one DMT-carrying plant) as ayahuasca.
Most DMT-containing plants would not be psychoactive when used alone, as the DMT would be deactivated by your body’s naturally occurring enzymes (MAO enzymes) before going into your bloodstream. The MAO-inhibiting component of ayahuasca changes that and allows the DMT to cross your blood-brain barrier. Mimosa hostilis is the only known DMT-containing plant that can also be used for an orally ingested concoction that, without the aid of an MAO-inhibiting plant, induces visionary experiences similar to ayahuasca.
Effects of Mimosa hostilis
The effects of Mimosa hostilis have been compared to those of low-dose LSD or psilocybin mushrooms. Users have reported changes in their perception of reality and different visions, often with themselves. When using Mimosa hostilis with an MAO-inhibiting plant, these effects can be much stronger and longer lasting. Do not underestimate how overwhelming the experience can be and always start with a low dose if you are new to anahuasca or psychedelics in general.
When you take anahuasca tea, it usually starts to take effect about thirty minutes after consumption. The visions you experience usually peak within the first hour and last four to six hours.
To make a psychoactive concoction from Mimosa hostilis alone, put 30 grams (or, if you’re a beginner, 15 grams) of root bark powder in 150 ml of cold water for an hour, and stir a few times. Filter out the Mimosa but keep the liquid and repeat this process with the same powder. Then combine the two liquids and drink them on an empty stomach.
To make anahuasca, Mimosa hostilis is usually powdered and made into a hot water infusion by boiling it for one and a half to four hours. In most anahuasca recipes, 5 grams is a low dose, 10 is a normal dose, and 15 grams is a high dose. This is drunk 15 to 60 minutes after taking a preparation of 3 to 4 grams of Peganum harmala or 50 to 150 grams of Banisteriopsis caapi.
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