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Banisteriopsis Caapi | Trueno – Herbs of the Gods- Ayahuasca



Banisteriopsis Caapi | Trueno – Herbs of the Gods

Banisteriopsis Caapi Trueno contains a high level of MAO-inhibitors, and has a purgative effect. It is used to make medical and visionary brews like ayahuasca in the Amazons. Trueno means Thunder… expect some heavy weather.


50 grams shredded, Banisteriopsis Caapi Trueno



Banisteriopsis Caapi is used to make ayahuasca – a brew consumed by shamans to get in touch with the spirits. The ayahuasca (=”vine of the soul”) is considered a “plant teacher” due to its capacities to teach men things that were unknown before. Banisteriopsis Caapi allows the other active part of the ayahuasca (DMT) to become orally active. The B. Caapi contains MAO-inhibitors and many alkaloids. Consuming the ayahuasca brew works hypnotic and hallucinogenic. More information on Ayahuasca and its use through history can be found here.

Indigenous peoples distinguish up to 40 different types of the B. Caapi. The Banisteriopsis Caapi Trueno, is also know as Black caapi. Trueno, means Thunder. The B. Caapi is also used as a medicine. It is known to have healing properties as a purgative, by stimulating the digestive track and extinguishing parasites.


Crush the vine with a hammer or pounder until the plant unbinds to soft, fibrous threads. The doses to take varies from 25-150 grams, depending on the user, the quality of the plant, and the intention of the user.

Warning! This products is illegal in France and Australia. Be very careful to combine the B. Caapi with medication. Make sure to consult your doctor or pharmacist first.


  • Do not use together with or other MAOi (or anti-depressives).
  • Do not use when pregnant.
  • Do not operate heavy machinery.
  • Do not participate in traffic.
  • Do not use when you and/or your family has a history of mental illness.
  • Do not use when you and/or your family has a history of heart conditions.


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Banisteriopsis Caapi | Trueno – Herbs of the Gods- Ayahuasca

Banisteriopsis caapi, often known as ayahuasca, caapi, or yagé (yage), is a Malpighiaceae liana that grows in South America. It’s one half of ayahuasca, a decoction with a long history of entheogenic (spiritual) usage and a reputation as a “plant teacher” among the Amazon rainforest’s Indigenous peoples.

According to Umberto Quattrocchi’s The CRC World Dictionary of Plant Names, the genus Banisteriopsis was named after John Banister, a 17th-century English cleric and scientist. Banisteria was a previous name for the genus, and the plant is sometimes referred to as Banisteria caapi. Banisteriopsis inebrians, Banisteriopsis quitensis, and Banisteriopsis quitensis are some of the other names for this plant.



Caapi contains the following harmala alkaloids:

  • Harmine, 0.31–8.43%
  • Harmaline, 0.03–0.83%
  • Tetrahydroharmine, 0.05–2.94%

These alkaloids of the beta-carboline class act as monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOIs). The MAOIs allow the primary psychoactive compound, DMT, which is introduced from the other common ingredient in ayahuasca Psychotria viridis, to be orally active.

The stems contain 0.11–0.83% beta-carbolines, with harmine and tetrahydroharmine as the major components.

Alkaloids are present in all parts of the plant.


In addition to beta-carbolines, caapi is known to contain proanthocyanidins, epicatechin and procyanidin B2, which have antioxidant properties.



Several studies have shown the alkaloids in the B. caapi vine promote neurogenesis. More specifically, in vitro studies showed that harmine, tetrahydroharmine and harmaline, stimulated neural stem cell proliferation, migration, and differentiation into adult neurons. In vivo studies conducted on the dentate gyrus of the hippocampus noted an increase in the proliferation of BrdU positive cells in response to 100 μg of 5-MeO-DMT injected intravenously in the adult mouse brain.

Concerns about patents

The caapi vine was the subject of a legal battle between Loren Miller, a U.S. entrepreneur, and the Amazon Basin Coordinating Body of Indigenous Organizations (COICA). Miller received a U.S. patent on a B. caapi variation in 1986. Miller’s variety had been previously described in the University of Michigan Herbarium, according to COICA, and hence was neither new nor unique.

The invention was invalidated in 1999, but it was reinstated in 2001 by the United States Patent Office because the legislation at the time the patent was awarded did not enable a third party, such as COICA, to object. Miller’s patent ran out in 2003. In Hawaii, B. caapi is now being grown commercially.


First mention of caapi comes from early Spanish and Portuguese explorers and missionaries who visited South America in the 16th century, describing ayahuasca brews as “diabolic” and dangerous decoctions.

Although utilised among the indigenous tribes of South America for hundreds and perhaps even thousands of years, caapi was not identified by westerners until 1851, when Richard Spruce, an English botanist, described it as a new species. He observed how Guahibos, the indigenous people of Llanos (Venezuela), chewed the bark of caapi instead of brewing it as a drink.


In the United States, caapi is not specifically regulated. A 2006 Supreme Court decision involving caapi-containing ayahuasca, which also contains other plants containing the controlled substance DMT, introduced from the Psychotria viridis component, Gonzales v. O Centro Espirita Beneficente Uniao do Vegetal, was found in favor of the União do Vegetal, a Brazilian religious sect using the tea in their ceremonies and having around 130 members in the United States.

In Australia, the harmala alkaloids are scheduled substances, including harmine and harmaline; however, the living vine, or other source plants are not scheduled in most states. In the State of Queensland as of March 2008, this distinction is now uncertain. In all states, the dried herb may or may not be considered a scheduled substance, dependent on court rulings.

In Canada, harmala is listed under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act as a schedule III substance. The vine and the ayahuasca brew are legal ambiguities, since nowhere in the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act is it stated that natural material containing a scheduled substance is illegal, a position supported by the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board.

Caapi, as well as a range of harmala alkaloids, were recently scheduled in France, following a court victory by the Santo Daime religious sect allowing use of the tea due to it not being a chemical extraction and the fact that the plants used were not scheduled. Religious exceptions to narcotics laws are not allowed under French law, effectively making any use or possession of the tea illegal.




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