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Psychotria viridis

Psychotria viridis AKA Chacruna is found throughout the Amazon jungle and tropical regions of both hemispheres. Chacruna is a relative of the coffee plant. The genus Psychotria is comprised of more than 700 species. P. viridis belongs to the family Rubioideae (known for high alkaloid content). P. viridis is an evergreen shrub to small tree that has glossy green foliage, a woody stem and green-white colored flowers and red fruits that contain approximately four oval seeds. In cultivation it usually reaches 2-3m in height; more than 4m in its native habitat. It grows best in a bright, highly humid environment. The plant will live in less humid environments, but growth is very slow. The easiest method of propagation is through cuttings, because germination of seeds is difficult. Cuttings can be made best from a small twig or even a single leaf.

Dried Psychotria viridis leaves have been found to contain between 0.10% and 0.66% alkaloids, of which up to 99% might be the tryptamine alkaloid N, N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT.) Beta-carbolines and traces of MMT and MTHC may also be present. The tree is native to the Amazonian rainforest. In Perú, Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia, and East Brazil, the leaves of Psychotria viridis are commonly prepared with ayahuasca (Banisteriopsis caapi) to make the ceremonial visionary healing medicine, "Ayahuasca". Ayahuasca is the term used to describe a diverse mix of South American entheogenic, bitter, purple-brown brews, but classically comprises a source of DMT made orally active by the addition of a plant containing harmala alkaloids for monoamine oxidase inhibition. P. viridis is the plant typically used in the Ayahuasca brew as a DMT source, though many DMT containing plants have been used as admixtures.


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