Salvia divinorum

Diviners’ Sage, Ska Pastora Pipiltzintzintli? Salvia divinorum grows throughout the mountainous Oaxaca region of Mexico. Some researchers believe Salvia divinorum is Pipiltzintzintli, the plant the Aztecs used for healing and divination. Others believe that the use of Salvia divinorum in the New World is a recent phenomenon, dating back only a few hundred years, and…

Ayahuasca

Banisteriopsis caapi The Vine of the Soul Throughout the western Amazon grows a jungle vine known to western science as Banisteriopsis caapi. In the Quechua language, the vine, and the potent entheogenic drink prepared from it, are known as Ayahuasca, ‘vine of the soul.’ The indians of Columbia, Ecuador and Peru, and urban mestizo shamans,…

Anadenanthera species

Cebíl, Cohoba, Vilca, Yopo, Ñopo Magic Beans The seeds, or more correctly, beans, of two distinct species of Anadenanthera trees are used for their psychoactive effects in Southern and Central America. The first, A. peregrina, is known under the names Yopo and Cohoba (amongst others). The second, A. colubrina, is known primarily as Cebíl. Due…