Yagé is a strong visionary brew made from two different plants, Yagé vine (Banisteriopsis caapi) and Yagé Oco leaf (Diplopterys cabrerana). Sometimes added to this is a Secoya-variety pygmy vine called Waiyagé. All of the plants are grown in the elders’ gardens from plants that have been relocated from the wild and/or passed down from those before them.
When all these plants are cooked together under strict guidelines and in a sacred manner they can open a person up. This opening can reveal itself in many different ways, including being shown the different realms and realities that exist outside of our own, reliving past trauma, seeing ourselves more completely and much more.
In scientific terms, the leaf of the Yagé Oco contains the psychoactive alkaloids N,N-DMT and 5-MeO-DMT. By themselves they are not orally active because it is metabolized by the stomach enzyme monoamine oxidase (MAO). However, certain chemicals within the Yagé vine, namely beta-carboline, contain MAO inhibitors (MAOI’s) in the form of harmala alkaloids. These alkaloids allow our body to shut off the enzyme that metabolizes the DMT, which in turn allows the medicine to become active for much longer.
The variety of Yagé used by the Secoya.
Cultivated in the elders' gardens.
Pygmy Banisteriopsis variety, a small amount of the vine is pounded and added to each brew.
Admixture leaf containing N,N-DMT and 5-MeO-DMT.
They also store methyltryptamine and trace amounts of bufotenin.