Ayahausca Preparation by Don Luis

Don Luis is a healer from Eastern Ecuador. He prepares ayahausca from plants that he cultivates in a sustainable manner on his property and all of these scenes take place near his home. Ayahausca is a preparation traditionally prepared from the Banisteriopsis spp. (also called ayahausca) vine mixed with leaves from a  DMT containing plant and sometimes other admixtures.  Although leaves of the Psychotria viridis (Chacruna) are most commonly used as the DMT component, Don Luis uses leaves from the Diplopterys cabrerana (Chaliponga) to supply the DMT. Don Luis says the ayahausca vine supplies the visions the leaves are added to clarify them.  Don Luis adds nothing else and believes the use of other ingredients such as Brugmansia (Toé) to be dangerous.

Below are the sequence of events in the preparation.

Asking Permission

Don Luis asks the ayahausca plant's permission prior to cutting

Cutting the ayahausca

Cutting the ayahausca

Don Luis and the cut vine

Don Luis and the cut vine

Bark is removed and the vine is shredded

Bark is removed and the vine is shredded

The shredded ayahausca vine

The shredded ayahausca vine

The leaves of the Diplopterys cabrerana are picked

The leaves of the Diplopterys cabrerana are picked

Leaves are washed

Leaves are washed

Leaves and shredded vine are added to the pot in alternating layers

Leaves and shredded vine are added to the pot in alternating layers

The plants mixture is covered with water

The plants mixture is covered with water

The mixture is put on the fire

The mixture is put on the fire

Liquid is removed after it boils down and more water added

Liquid is removed after it boils down and more water added. The first liquid is reduced and entire process takes about four hours.

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4 Responses to Ayahausca Preparation by Don Luis

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  2. Mason says:

    Hello sir. I know that we do not know each other but i have much love for the spirit plants. I grow many plant teachers but lately my chaliponga vine has died when i moved into a new house.
    I am asking if there is anyway you could ship to me a chaliponga plant or seeds. I am willing to pay for the shipping and the plant or if you like we can do a trade. I have many very medicinal plants and plant teachers. Please email me when you can at ethnogrower@gmail.com

  3. James Cross says:

    Sorry. I don’t grow any of the plants personally or have direct access to them here in the United States. These pictures were taken in Ecuador.

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