ayahuasca

noun
aya·​hua·​sca | \ ˌī-yə-ˈhwäs-kə How to pronounce ayahuasca (audio) , -ˈwäs-\

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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Harmine-containing yage is the primary ingredient in modern-day ayahuasca, and is often combined with DMT-containing chacruna. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "Ancient hallucinogens found in 1,000-year-old shamanic pouch," 6 May 2019 Many new ayahuasca shamans have started touring Colombia giving yagé (another term for the brew) to enthusiasts. The Economist, "Indigenous Colombians fear losing their hallucinogenic brews," 14 June 2019 Oakland even went a step further by decriminalizing not just mushrooms but a range of other psychoactive plants and compounds including peyote, iboga and ayahuasca. Hailey Branson-potts, latimes.com, "How a trip on magic mushrooms helped decriminalize psychedelic plants in a California city," 22 June 2019 New shamans are modifying the traditional ayahuasca rituals. The Economist, "Indigenous Colombians fear losing their hallucinogenic brews," 14 June 2019 And what kind of restorative getaway would be complete without a fireside ayahuasca sesh? Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "All the 2019 Wellness Trends in Katy Perry’s New Music Video," 31 May 2019 The use of hallucinogens including magic mushrooms and ayahuasca has historically been related to spirituality. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "People With Depression and Anxiety Could Benefit From Hallucinogens," 10 Aug. 2018 Anthropologists say the region's history of violence and lawlessness could be replicating itself in the virtually unregulated ayahuasca industry. Franklin Briceno, chicagotribune.com, "Psychedelic tourism thrives in Peru despite recent killing," 8 June 2018 Other research presented at the APA conference explored how LSD and ayahuasca might also help to improve symptoms of people struggling with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and how ayahuasca, specifically, can help those coping with trauma. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "People With Depression and Anxiety Could Benefit From Hallucinogens," 10 Aug. 2018

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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

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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