Hi y’all, I thought it might be good to provide an accessible homebrew ayahuasca guide for anybody interested. Strictly speaking this isn’t ayahuasca as Syrian rue will be used as the MAOI plant in place of the Banisteriopsis [ayahuasca] vine. The purpose of this guide is to help people save time and money with brewing while maximizing chances of success. It doesn’t need to be followed exactly, people’s sensitivity varies widely, and the potency of the plants used also varies, but roughly followed this should produce a brew which can be drank in different volumes to achieve a desired level of effect, so people can test the water.
Brewing with caapi vine takes many hours and even after all the time invested dud brews can still result which can be frustrating. It is also important not to go overboard on ingredients, because too much DMT in one go in this form could lead to overwhelming and unpleasant experience. So in some ways it is better to drink too little than too much, you can always drink a little more when you know how you respond to a certain dosage level.
For the MAOI plant to start with I would recommend Syrian rue. This is not to bash the caapi vine, which has its own distinct properties, but much larger quantities of this are needed in brewing, and it requires a much longer brewing time.
Syrian rue is a much more potent and reliable MAOI source, is easier to prepare and is much cheaper. Seeds can be ground in a powder and ingested in gel caps if desired, this will avoid the intense bitter taste, but some people find ingesting solid seed matter harder on the stomach. Individual sensitivities vary, but 3.5g of Syrian rue seed seems like a reliable dose to produce full MAO inhibition in the majority of people. There is no need to take more than this as side effects such as nausea and dizziness will increase. It may be worth taking Syrian rue (and caapi) alone first so one is familiar with their character prior to the addition of DMT admixture plants. There are also techniques for producing a full spectrum alkaloid extract from both Syrian rue and caapi which can also be used.
For the DMT or ‘light’ bearing plants, I would recommend going with Chaliponga or Acacia confusa root bark. While Chakruna is the more commonly used light plant in ayahuasca, it varies widely in potency, and people are often let down by it in a homebrew situation. Chaliponga is a DMT admixture plant used in the western part of the Amazon, and is a much more potent and reliable DMT source than Chakruna, and it also contains trace amounts of a number of other alkaloids, some of them, like DMT, being endogenous. This gives Chaliponga its own unique character. Alternatively, the root bark of Acacia confusa can be used. This is a highly potent source of DMT, and also of NMT. The latter like DMT is an endogenous brain compound and is activated by the MAOI, and has properties of being a spatial psychedelic, as oppose to a visionary one. It is a good addition as it smoothes and prolongs the DMT effects and produces a feeling of tranquility. A test was done where 5g of A. confusa root bark powder was blended with orange juice and ingested after having eaten some full spectrum Syrian rue and caapi extract powder, and produced quite impressive, sub psychedelic results, at only 5g of root bark ingested and without any brewing at all required.
I would recommend leaving the Syrian rue seeds whole, the water will still pull most of the alkaloids out and it will make the mixture much easier to filter. Rue seeds are very cheap so it’s easy to add an extra pinch of seeds to make up for this. Make sure if using Chaliponga that the leaves are well ground before use as they have thick resiny leaves that will otherwise block release of DMT and other alkaloids.
So the mixture can be added to a litre of water with a tablespoon of distilled white vinegar, this will lower the pH of the solution and increase efficiency of alkaloid release. Spring or distilled water would be recommended for brewing if you have access with it. Lightly simmer the mixture for 30 minutes, then pour of the mixture through a cotton cloth to filter out the plant mixture. Scrape this off and repeat this step twice with fresh water with a tablespoon of vinegar. The three washes can then be combined and the plant matter discarded. This can then be simmered down to 400-500ml of brew (don’t worry boiling won’t damage the alkaloids).
You can then drink your desired amount over the course of a night to find your feet, and this should be enough for a few sessions. The brew can be refrigerated (if it has been a few weeks, important to simmer it prior to use to evaporate any alcohol that may have formed through fermentation), or frozen for long term storage.
Here is a recipe for using Acacia confusa root bark. 13g of finely ground A. confusa root bark and 6g of Syrian rue seed are combined and are simmered in a litre and a half of water with a tablespoon of white distilled vinegar for half an hour, the mixture filtered with cotton cloth, and then the process repeated twice more. These are minimum time guidelines, and it will in no way hurt to allow longer for each simmering. The combined liquid should be simmered down to around 250ml (a measuring jug is an ally here).
25/30ml of this should be enough for threshold effects, for increased awareness and as a meditation ally. Some people use this frequently for this purpose. 100ml should be enough for a full journey, 125ml things kick up a notch, and 150ml could be entering deep water.
Alternatively, people could take ground Syrian rue seeds or an extract, and then drink powdered A. confusa root bark, blended with fruit juice. 5g appears to be a good starting dose, and then a little later more can be consumed if desired. If ingesting the MAOI and the DMT brew separately, it is good to leave around half an hour or 40 minutes, or until you start to feel effects from the MAOI. It is important not to leave the top up dose for too long a time, certainly not more than two hours after taking the MAOI, as the MAOI window doesn’t remain open for long.
I’m sure that people are aware of the set and settings rule, but this applies particularly here. One should be comfortable and prepare their space beforehand to get it how they like, dim lighting/candles are recommended, and it is good to have someone aware of what you are up to so you can speak to them in event of difficulties. Sometimes silence may be preferred, other times music may be appreciated, and ayahuasca icaros would be recommended. Wildlife jungle sound cd’s also work well. Being in, or having access to nature would also be an advantage, and if you find the brew particularly foul, I recommend having orange slices to suck on immediately after drinking to take your mind off the taste.
As I’ve said this is not an exact recipe, more of a rough guide for anybody curious, people’s individual sensitivities vary widely, and potency of the plants is also subject to variation, so people should experiment and see what works best for them.
Thanks a bunch for the guide. I followed your recipe. I blended the acacia confusa root bark and added the syrian rue whole. I used 3 washes, as you suggest, and reduced the final mix to 225 ml. Of that, I drank 50ml and topped up after an hour with 25ml.
The experience was light, emotionally very positive and very controlled. I started feeling initial effects at about 30 minutes, the plateau was probably at the 1:30 mark and lasted a bit more than an hour. At 3 hr I was mostly down again. At the 4 hr mark I started drinking wine, which got me maybe a bit drowsier than usual, but had no ill effects.
Looking back, I got more than threshold effects, but less than a trip. I had a great, in-depth conversation. I was extremely perceptive and my emotional intelligence was through the roof.
Thanks for this guide! It works perfectly! If you dont have a scale, using 3 tbs of Acacia, and 1and a half of Syrian Rue works great! If you need more just double all ingredients and youll have enough for a small group! The spacial high is very noticable! Its similar to KeKetamine! The visuals are great, eyes closed or open does change things a bit, either inner or outer experience, depending what your doing. I laughed a real lot and was very happy and joyful during the trip. The NMT definitely changes things a bit. Its a very different experience than freebase DMT. It lasts longer, has a body high, and the spatial part makes it unique for a DMT high. Thanks again! This recipe works great!
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