Ayahuasca (usually pronounced / aɪ j ə ˈ w æ s k ə / or / ˈ aɪ j ə ˈ w ɑː s k ə / ), also commonly called yagé ( / j ɑː h eɪ / ), is a brew of various psychoactive infusions or decoctions prepared with the Banisteriopsis caapi vine. It is usually mixed with the leaves of dimethyltryptamine (DMT)-containing species of shrubs from the genus Psychotria . The brew, first described academically in the early 1950s by Harvard ethnobotanist Richard Evans Schultes , who found it employed for divinatory and healing purposes by the native peoples of Amazonian Peru , is known by a number of different names (see below ).
Some Important Iconographical Motifs: Space-ships The spaceship motif has an important place in Pablo's visions. As we saw earlier, when the curandera who cured his sister gave him ayahuasca, Pablo saw a huge flying saucer making a tremendous noise that made him panic (Vision 7). Don Manuel Amaringo, Pablo's older brother, has a similar story.
NOTE OF WARNING: QT's DMT Extraction for Students is archived by Erowid as a historical document. The process as described has been critiqued as flawed and dangerous several ways. Safer and more effective DMT extraction and purification techniques have been developed and made available in the years since the document below was created. For one such process, see Noman's "DMT for the Masses" . Specific concerns regarding QT's tek, detailed below, were sent to Erowid on behalf of the community at The DMT Nexus , who note: "Time and time again, people have come to The DMT Nexus or other web forums because they were following QT's tek and it either didn't work or they ran into serious issues trying to follow it. Our largest concerns with QT's tek are related to health and safety.
INTENSITY: 9 to 10 SAFETY FACTORS: 5-MeO-DMT is an MAO inhibitor. See list of items not to take with MAO inhibitors on page 19. [Erowid Note: This is probably wrong. Although 5-MeO-DMT is metabolized by MAO and occupies some amount of the enzyme, it is not considered an MAO-inhibitor in the normal sense.]
In my descriptions of psychedelic experiences thus far, I have attempted to describe the range of effects that most users encounter. However, in some cases psychedelic experiences can become quite unique and personal. I've had a most unusual relationship with N,N -DMT, which has led to my discovering a magical alliance between N,N -DMT and the spirit of water. When I first encountered N,N -DMT I quickly became an aficionado, and began smoking either 5-MeO or N,N -DMT two or three times each week.