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Psychotria Viridis (Chacruna)

Psychotria Viridis (Chacruna)

About Psychotria Viridis (Chacruna)

Psychotria viridis or Chacruna is a leaf that comes from a small tree or bush from the Amazon region. These leaves contain a psychedelic substance called DMT (Dimethyltryptamine). This is a hallucinogenic substance. Chacruna is used as an ingredient of the Ayahuasca, often in combination with Banisteriopsis Caapi, which allows the DMT to become active. Banisteriopsis Caapi is a MAO inhibitor.

Effects of Psychotria Viridis (Chacruna)

Since ancient times, shamans use Ayahuasca for rituals, to get into a different state of mind. There is a lot of knowledge and practice needed to do this, so approach it with the necessary respect for your own safety.

The use of Ayahuasca has physical effects (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea), which are seen as purifying for the body. The mental effects are of a hallucinogenic nature and cause profound psychedelic experiences. The effect may vary depending on which plants are mixed in the Ayahuasca. Often the experiences are felt as spiritual and religious. A completely different world seems to appear.


Start with a low dose at all times, especially if you are a beginner. Ayahuasca is very powerful and should never be underestimated. There are several ways to make Ayahuasca and it is not strange if it does not work well for the first time. It is often also a matter of experience. On the internet you can also find different recipes to make Ayahuasca. For example, on this site you can find more information:

Normally Chacruna is cooked to make Ayahuasca. Cooking may vary between an hour and almost a day depending on the method used. Most common cooking times are between 4 and 12 hours. It is also possible to make multiple extracts with the same plant material, then mix them to make more tea. You can also add vinegar or lemon to accelerate extraction. The final result must be a liquid that has been boiled down to a small and drinkable amount. This is usually drunk on an empty stomach.


Leaf: 25 grams

Average dose for 1 trip

Low dosage: 25 grams
Normal dosage: 50 grams
High dosage: 75 grams


Psychotria Viridis 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.


To make Ayahuasca, Chacruna is used in combination with a MAO inhibitor (like B.Caapi or P.Harmala). Be aware that MAO inhibitors 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 experiences sitter, a sober person that 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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