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Ayahuasca Preparation
B. caapi & M. hostilis
by Anonymous
v1.0 - Nov 2006
Adapted for Erowid from Ayahuasca Forum recipes
Erowid Note: Recipe Uses Whole (Not Powdered) Root Bark and May Be Too Strong
A vendor wrote to say that if one assumes this recipe to be producing a single dose of ayahuasca using powdered root bark, the resulting brew can be overpoweringly strong. They suggest a single strong dose should use less than 3 grams of powdered/ground Mimosa bark. The concentration of psychoactive chemicals in plant material can vary and individual sensitivities to psychoactive drugs can vary widely. Even a single individual can react very differently at different times to the same substance.
The use of Banisteriopsis caapi in this recipe is based on the premise that a) a brew of B. caapi and (usually) P. viridis is the traditional South American brew, b) the caapi is particularly important as traditionally the caapi itself is considered to be "ayahuasca" while the DMT-containing plants are simply helpers, and c) the caapi and the experience it provides are smoother, safer, and "wiser" than that produced by Peganum harmala (syrian rue). B. caapi is less unpredictable and more controlled, a more reliable and learned teacher.

After examining your intentions, researching, and following the requisite dietary regimen, gather together:
  • 50 grams of Banisteriopsis caapi (whole vine, not shredded/powdered)
  • 12 grams of Mimosa hostilis root bark (again, not shredded or powdered.) [See Note 1]
  • white vinegar
  • distilled water
  • 4 stainless steel pots [See Note 2]
Steps
  1. Wrap the caapi in a towel and break it up with a hammer until it is shredded. Powder the mimosa with a coffee grinder or shred by hand.
  2. In one pot, put in the mimosa, a teaspoon of vinegar, and a liter or so of water.
  3. In another pot, put in the caapi, and a similar amount of water and vinegar.
  4. Simmer for 2-3 hours or until water level gets low. Avoid boiling -- it should be just cool enough not to bubble. Speak your intentions to the brew as it is brewing; listen to the sounds it makes. Do not leave it unattended; if you need to do something different, turn off the stove.
  5. Keeping the mimosa and the caapi separate, filter each through a cloth (e.g. a t-shirt) until the brew becomes clear, probably 4 or 5 times. (An excellent method for easy filtering is to duct tape a t-shirt over an empty pot, allowing you both hands to pour the brew. The t-shirt will become quickly clogged, so for each filter you must use a fresh section of cloth.) Put the mimosa tea in a pot for mimosa, the caapi in a pot for caapi, and reduce both; remember not to bring to a full boil.
  6. Repeat steps 2-5 three times, keeping the mimosa and caapi separate. The plant material is to be boiled a total of three times with fresh water and vinegar each time; the brewed/filtered tea is kept separate and reduced over low heat as you do the second and third washes. This method requires four pots, unless you spread it out over several nights.
  7. At this point you will have a pot containing the three washes of mimosa, reduced, and the same for the caapi. Each dose should be no smaller than half a cup and no larger than a cup. (Less concentrated brews taste better, but leave you with more to drink.) Put them in the fridge overnight.
  8. The next day, carefully remove the cooled mimosa from the fridge. Through a t-shirt filter, pour off the liquid; avoid disturbing the sludge/sediment on the bottom of the container. You don't need it. DO NOT do this with the reduced caapi brew; if you've filtered properly, your tea should be pretty clean. It should become clear when heated, and have a purplish color, much like red wine.
  9. Once you have done this, you have the option of combining the mimosa and the caapi or drinking the mimosa after the caapi. Shake up the caapi to make sure that any sediment is in the tea and not on the bottom of the container. Heat up the tea, drinking it warm.
It is suggested that two doses be brewed for each person. If you cannot keep the tea down and purge prematurely, you will then have another cup to drink.

Be thankful for the experience, no matter what happens. There are always lessons to be learned, whether it "works" or not, whether you have a "good" trip or a "bad" one.

This is a bit more complex than some recipes that call for syrian rue, but using real vine instead of syrian rue is worth it. It is a bit more expensive, but worth the money; even with B. caapi, a dose will still cost less than many other hallucinogen.