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Banisteriopsis Caapi

Banisteriopsis Caapi

About Banisteriopsis Caapi

Banisteriopsis Caapi is a liana from the Malpighiacea family that is found mainly in South America. The plant thanks its name to John Banister, a 17th century vicar and naturalist / botanist. B. Caapi is an MAO inhibitor and, in addition to a DMT-containing ingredient such as Chacruna or Mimosa Hostilis, the main ingredient of the holy beverage Ayahuasca. Banisteriopsis Caapi is often called Ayahuasca because of its important function in the brew. There are more than 42 native names for Banisteriopsis Caapi, including the most common Ayahuasca, Caapi, Yage and Yaje. The beta carboline alkaloid in the liana causes DMT not to break down in the stomach by temporarily inhibiting the enzyme Monoamine Oxidase. DMT-containing plants therefore do not work without an MAO inhibitor. However, Mimosa is the only plant that remains active, even without the use of an inhibitor.

In some native Amazon cultures, shamans brew a ceremonial drink of Banisteriopsis Caapi without the addition of a DMT-containing ingredient. The effect is less hallucinatory but with the same spiritual and deep cleansing effects.

Effects of Banisteriopsis Caapi

Since ancient times, shamans use B.Caapi in rituals to enhance their perception. There is a lot of knowledge and practice needed to use Ayahuasca, so approach with respect for your own safety. You can use this liana on its own or adding a second plant with DMT. Banisteriopsis Caapi ensures DMT becomes active by temporarily disabling the enzymes in the mouth. This process is called monoamino oxidase inhibition (please read the warnings below).


Use sufficient water to cook the liana (cut or resin). Once cooked, put the fire to the lowest position. Some people let it simmer for 4 hours while others choose to do it for up to 12 hours. Sometimes you have to add some extra water in between. In any case, make sure the brew always has enough water to make sure the active substances can dissolve as well as possible. Once the brew is finished, first filter it to remove all remaining little pieces of liana. Finally it has to be cooked once more until a drinkable amount is left. If desired, add some vinegar or lemon juice. This causes the active substances to be extracted faster.

Banisteriopsis Caapi is available:

  • Cut: 50 grams of cut liana
  • Resin extract: 5 grams of 15x concentrated Banisteriopsis Caapi resin (5 grams of resin extract equals about 75 grams of cut liana)

Average dose for 1 trip

A dosage may vary between 25 and 150 grams. This depends greatly on the quality, type and also on the experience and sensitivity of the drinker.


Banisteriopsis caapi is a natural product. The strength can vary per gram. Brewing Ayahuasca is a matter of trying out which dose and what way works best for you. There are many different recipes available on the internet and in shaman books.


Banisteriopsis caapi contains MAO inhibitors and can be very dangerous in combination with certain psychoactive substances and food, which are usually not harmful when taken by their own. Therefore make sure not to take any of these substances or food less than 12 hours before ingestion of Ayahuasca. Ayahuasca is not a party drug. Use it in a quiet, familiar environment, preferably with an experienced sitter, a sober person who can take care of you. Do not use when pregnant, breastfeeding, depressed, psychotic, operating motorized vehicles or heavy machinery, or in combination with alcohol or medicines. Not to be used by minors.

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