Definition of ayahuasca
: a hallucinogenic beverage prepared from the bark of a South American woody vine (Banisteriopsis caapi of the family Malpighiaceae)
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Mr. Freeman attends a shamanic ceremony in which a man has a fatal reaction to the ayahuasca.
The Supreme Court previously ruled under the religious freedom act that a small sect of a Brazilian religion could import ayahuasca, containing the hallucinogen dimethyltryptamine, because a sect in New Mexico used it as part of a sacramental tea.
An eleven-foot-tall maraca, decorated with a cheerfully skeletal grimace of frosting-like acrylic paint, welcomes visitors to this exuberant show, which riffs on pre-Columbian motifs and was inspired by the artist’s experiments with ayahuasca.
It’s called ayahuasca, and the active chemical in it is called DMT.
Last year, British scientists reported that psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, like ayahuasca, reduces activity in the brain’s default mode network.
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Origin and Etymology of ayahuasca
First Known Use: 1870See Words from the same year
Medical Definition of ayahuasca
: a hallucinogenic beverage that is prepared from the bark of a South American woody vine (Banisteriopsis caapi of the family Malpighiaceae) typically in a mixture with other psychoactive plants (such as the shrub Psychotria viridis) Their fascination with ayahuasca stems from a little-known mind-altering compound called dimethyltryptamine, or DMT, a substance the sacred tea contains by the bucketload.—Lisa Melton, New Scientist, 26 June 2004; also : the woody vine (B. caapi) from which ayahuasca is prepared—called also caapi, yage
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