ayahuasca

noun
aya·​hua·​sca | \ ˌī-yə-ˈ(h)wä-skə How to pronounce ayahuasca (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web Not long ago, residents of affluent Western countries began traveling to the jungles of South America to have profound psychedelic experiences with the hallucinogen ayahuasca. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Down the Rabbit Hole: A Psychedelic Reading List," 29 Apr. 2011 Her husband wasn’t interested in drinking ayahuasca, but came to Costa Rica to support her. Casey Schwartz, New York Times, "Taking Ayahuasca When You’re a Senior Citizen," 17 Oct. 2019 Along with researchers at Imperial College London, MAPS plans on bringing Israelis and Palestinians together to take ayahuasca and, working with negotiation experts, sift through their respective traumas. Meghana Keshavan, Scientific American, "The Psychedelics Evangelist: A German Financier Wants to Turn Magic Mushrooms into Modern Medicine," 9 July 2019 Once considered a relic of 1960s counterculture, drugs like psilocybin, LSD, peyote, and even more esoteric hallucinogens like ayahuasca and ibogaine are experiencing a renaissance, both in pop culture and in the lab. Meghana Keshavan, Scientific American, "The Psychedelics Evangelist: A German Financier Wants to Turn Magic Mushrooms into Modern Medicine," 9 July 2019 Amazonian healers for hundreds of years have prized ayahuasca plants and use them for spiritual awakening. Bruce Finley, The Denver Post, "Metro Denver police raid suspected hallucinogenic drug factory in Commerce City house," 24 Nov. 2019 These interactions have taken place in dreams, visions, songs and telekinetic interactions, sometimes with the help of shamans or ayahuasca. Ellie Shechet, New York Times, "Do Plants Have Something to Say?," 28 Aug. 2019 This is a drug that occurs naturally in plants and is one of the active constituents in ayahuasca. Bruce Finley, The Denver Post, "Metro Denver police raid suspected hallucinogenic drug factory in Commerce City house," 24 Nov. 2019 This entry is the author’s account of an ayahuasca experience in Peru in June 1960. Allen Ginsberg, Harper's magazine, "The Beast in Me," 25 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of ayahuasca

1870, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ayahuasca

American Spanish

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“Ayahuasca.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ayahuasca. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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ayahuasca

noun
aya·​hua·​sca | \ ˌī-ə-ˈ(h)wä-skə How to pronounce ayahuasca (audio) \
variants: also ayahuasco \ ˌī-​ə-​ˈ(h)wä-​(ˌ)skō, -​skə \

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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