Banisteriopsis Caapi – Peruvian White Ayahuasca Vine
Rare and exotic, whole dried White Ayahuasca vines. Wildharvested in the tropical rainforest by the Shipibo-Conibo Indian community near Vista Alegre de Iparia, Rio Ucayali, Peru. No pesticides or fertilisers used. The variety is locally called White because of its characteristic white coloured bark. Its inner wood has a yellow color. The mature vines have an approximate diameter of 3-10 cm and are 20-35 cm long.
Banisteriopsis caapi is one of a thousands of species of plants in tropical South America. They use three of these in combination with other plants to prepare Ayahuasca. These three plants are B. inebriens, B. caapi and B. quitensis. The best known of these three species and the main component of Ayahuasca is Banisteriopsis caapi. There are many sub species in the B. caapi family of plants depending on the region where the vines grows.
Banisteriopsis caapi only contains harmaline which acts as a reversible MAO inhibitor it is not hallucinogenic by itself. Since harmaline is a reversible monoamine oxidase inhibitor, it could increase the effect of some drugs problematically.
The geographical origin is not known because the plant is cultivated throughout the entire Amazonian region. The plant grows in the wild in Peru, Brazil, Bolivia, Equador, Colombia and the other countries of the Amazon basin. Many of the local tribes have used it in their religious traditions through the millennia.
in tropical forests it grows as a shrub or as an extensive liana. The bark is usually chocolate-brown and smooth. It has opposite oval-shaped green leaves. They are between 8 to 18 cm long and 3.5 to 8 cm wide with an glabrous upper surface. It has inflorescence axillary or terminal cymose panicles. The flowers are 12 to 14 mm in diameter, 2.5 to 3 mm long and 1.5 mm wide with pink petals. The petals are 5 to 7 mm long and 4 to 5 mm wide. This liana propagates both vegetatively and from seed. The fan-like shaped seeds are green when fresh, but turn brown with age.