Caapi (Ayahuasca)

Banisteriopsis caapi 

Ayahuasca vine

We know Caapi as the vine used in the traditional Ayahuasca brew. Caapi is known as one of the strongest plant teachers and has a deep history dating back all the way to the Mayans. Caapi does not contain any DMT. The Ayhuasca brew is made using a MAO inhibitor usually Chacruna Leafs (Psychotria viridis) which will give visuals to the plant teacher caapi.

The Piaroa are an ethnic group located in southern Venezuela who use Banisteriopsis caapi (known as tuhuipä or capi) for a variety of purposes. Unlike other Amazonian societies, the Piaroa do not use Banisteriopsis caapi to make ayahuasca.

When taken alone, shamans say that Banisteriopsis caapi helps enhance people’s empathy, allowing them to give guidance in the community.

In medical studies, researchers concluded that Ayahuasca can help treat depression and addiction. Caapi does not build a tolerance so there is no risk of addiction. 

Animal studies and recent clinical research suggests that Bcaapi preparations show antidepressant activity, a therapeutic effect that has been linked to hippocampal neurogenesis. Here we report that harmine, tetrahydroharmine and harmaline, the three main alkaloids present in Bcaapi, and the harmine metabolite harmol, stimulate adult neurogenesis in vitro. In neurospheres prepared from progenitor cells obtained from the subventricular and the subgranular zones of adult mice brains, all compounds stimulated neural stem cell proliferation, migration, and differentiation into adult neurons. These findings suggest that modulation of brain plasticity could be a major contribution to the antidepressant effects of ayahuasca. They also expand the potential application of Bcaapi alkaloids to other brain disorders that may benefit from stimulation of endogenous neural precursor niches.

Ayahuasca has a complex chemistry and pharmacology. Bcaapi contains high amounts of harmine and tetrahydroharmine (THH) and to a lesser degree harmaline, three indole alkaloids with β-carboline structure4. These alkaloids are reversible monoamine-oxidase-A (MAO-A) inhibitors5, while THH can also inhibit serotonin reuptake6. Although Bcaapi can be the sole ingredient of the tea7, up to 100 different plants have been described as admixtures to ayahuasca. These plants contain a wide variety of psychotropic substances such as nicotine (from Nicotiana spp.), scopolamine (from Brugmansia spp.), caffeine (from Ilex guayusa and Paullinia yoco), cocaine (from Erythoxylum coca) and N,N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT, from Psychotria viridis and Diplopterys cabrerana)28.

source: US National Library of Medicine

This extract can be used as a teacher plant, as a micro-dose, as a depression aid, mood enhancer, healer, empathy builder and so much more. Since there is no DMT, you will not feel any psychoactive effects.

Suggested use: Take first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Mix with tea or coffee (always mix potent extracts with a warm solvent to dissolve the alcohol) Take for 3 days and take two days off so you can process the effects, than take as needed. You will not build a tolerance to Caapi and Caapi is not addictive.

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