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A Total Flop
Ayahuasca (B. caapi & P. viridis)
by Alforn
Citation:   Alforn. "A Total Flop: An Experience with Ayahuasca (B. caapi & P. viridis) (exp58296)". Erowid.org. Mar 13, 2007. erowid.org/exp/58296

50 g oral Psychotria viridis (tea)
  100 g oral Banisteriopsis caapi (tea)


So the plan was that I would brew up some Ayahuasca on the solstice, go out into the woods that night and maybe meet God.

I had 50 g of dried P. viridis leaves and 100g of dried B. caapi vine, the latter of which I shredded into quite thin strips the night before brewing. I woke up at 7 in the morning, had a small breakfast (my only meal that day) and started brewing at 8. I used Brita-filtered water to which I added lemon juice (maybe not as much as would have been ideal - I was kind of winging it), and brought the pot to just below boiling.

My original plan was to just keep adding water as it boiled down, but I quickly decided that the 'standard' method of multiple washes would be better. So after about an hour, I ladled about half the tea into another pot and set that to a low boil in order to multitask. Later I would switch to replacing all of the water rather than just some of it. I repeated this numerous times through the day, until around 5 I had three pots full of tea. Over the next two and a half hours, at a low boil, I brought this down to only a quarter of a pot, or about 40oz. It was now 7:30 PM. I filled a thermos with the tea and put the rest in a water bottle, then set about gathering my things.

At about 9PM I set out into the woods, and found a good spot around 9:30, whereupon I had my first drink, about 15oz. The taste was so vile I had to fight against vomiting, but I managed to keep it down, and settled down to wait. For awhile, nothing happened. After about 30 minutes the purge began. Mainly it was diarrhea, I felt waves of mild nausea, but only really burped, never vomited. I thought, ah ha! Once we get through the purge, the trip will REALLY start!

Well, the purge ended about an hour and a half in. Two hours in, still nothing had happened.

I was beginning to get distressed. I had poured everything into preparing for this, and had built up my hopes. How could this be happening? I pleaded with the spirit of Ayahuasca. Eventually, I choked down another 10oz. 20 minutes later, still nothing had happened. It started raining, for which I was entirely unprotected. I became frustrated, and then enraged. I cursed the gods, etc., then stormed back home, stopping a couple times along the way for a bout of diarrhea. At home I stayed up another couple hours, and still nothing but diarrhea. I went to bed.

I'm really not sure what I did wrong. Maybe I should have brewed the vine and the leaves separately and drunk the former before the latter, but traditionally the two are brewed together. I don't think my dose was unreasonable either, though I may have a high tolerance or something. Either way, the whole ordeal was very depressing. Part of me never wants to try Ayahuasca again.

Exp Year: 2006ExpID: 58296
Gender: Male 
Age at time of experience: Not Given 
Published: Mar 13, 2007Views: 30,700
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