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How many doses are in 30g of Psychotria?
Q: I bought 30 grams of Psychotria viridis leaves from an ethnobotanical supplier. The man who sold the leaves to me said they were enough for an intense ayahuasca experience for 3 people or a light experience for 6 people. This conflicts with the values I have come across in my internet research, which are about 30 grams per person for a full-blown journey and 15 grams per person as the threshold level.

It is possible, though in my opinion unlikely, that the psychotria viridis I bought somehow contains three times the normal concentration of DMT. So who should I trust, my research, or the vendor?

A: DMT concentrations vary from as little as 0 mg per gram of dried leaf to 17.5 mg per gram. [Callaway 1999] This means that 30 grams of P viridis leaves could contain anywhere from 0 mg DMT to over 500 mg. A strong experience can be had with 75-100 mg DMT taken orally (ayahuasca brews analyzed in the Amazon contained an average of around 30 mg DMT per dose). Looking at these numbers, it's clear that either your personal research or the vendor could be depends entirely on the DMT content of these particular leaves.

Because the vendor's estimate is more conservative than yours, you should be careful about assuming he was wrong. You really don't want to take 500 mg of DMT. Clearly, the sanest thing to do is to trust his estimate and if it turns out he was wrong, don't buy from him again.

Asked By : Anonymous
Answered By : murple
Published Date : 7 / 10 / 2001
Last Edited Date : 7 / 10 / 2001
Question ID : 2740

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