AYAHUASCA, SAN PEDRO AND NUNU

  WHAT IS AYAHUASCA?   Also known as the Vine of the Soul, Ayahuasca is an powerful healing Amazonian plant mixture of Banisteriopsis caapi vine and the Chacruna Leaf sought after for its profound healing properties and its ability to induce altered states of consciousness. At our retreat, we are privileged to share this medicine with Shamans who come from the Shipibo tribe, and our very talented heart centered facilitators.

WHAT IS AYAHUASCA?

Also known as the Vine of the Soul, Ayahuasca is an powerful healing Amazonian plant mixture of Banisteriopsis caapi vine and the Chacruna Leaf sought after for its profound healing properties and its ability to induce altered states of consciousness. At our retreat, we are privileged to share this medicine with Shamans who come from the Shipibo tribe, and our very talented heart centered facilitators.

  WHAT IS SAN PEDRO?   The San Pedro cactus contains a variety of  alkaloids , including the well-known chemical mescaline. Not surprisingly, therefore, psychedelic journeys are similar to those reported from peyote ( Lophophora williamsii ) and Peruvian torch ( Echinopsis peruviana ). San Pedro’s effects are generally reported as more gentle than, say, ayahuasca, which may derive from its chemical properties being similar to the catecholamine dopamine.  As with other plant entheogens, San Pedro has medicinal value, especially as treatment for alcoholism, depression and PTSD. While cultivation of the plant for decorative purposes is not illegal in most countries, extraction of the mescaline alkaloid is highly penalized in many places. Therefore, scientific study of its therapeutic and psychoactive effects have been stymied since the 1970s. Psychedelic journeys are similar to Peyote however, San Pedro’s effects are much more gentle and grounding. Some drinkers report that their experience with this medicine as like being held in the loving embrace of an ethereal goddess.

WHAT IS SAN PEDRO?

The San Pedro cactus contains a variety of alkaloids, including the well-known chemical mescaline. Not surprisingly, therefore, psychedelic journeys are similar to those reported from peyote (Lophophora williamsii) and Peruvian torch (Echinopsis peruviana). San Pedro’s effects are generally reported as more gentle than, say, ayahuasca, which may derive from its chemical properties being similar to the catecholamine dopamine.

As with other plant entheogens, San Pedro has medicinal value, especially as treatment for alcoholism, depression and PTSD. While cultivation of the plant for decorative purposes is not illegal in most countries, extraction of the mescaline alkaloid is highly penalized in many places. Therefore, scientific study of its therapeutic and psychoactive effects have been stymied since the 1970s. Psychedelic journeys are similar to Peyote however, San Pedro’s effects are much more gentle and grounding. Some drinkers report that their experience with this medicine as like being held in the loving embrace of an ethereal goddess.

  WHAT IS NUNU?   Nunu is an indigenous sacred medicine made from medicinal trees, barks, and leaves from the Amazon Forest. Nunu is also referred to as rape, which is pronounced, “ha-peh” in English. Nunu is primarily made from tobacco but also includes cacao and macambo nut, all of which are ground down into a fine powder. Rape is consumed through bamboo or bone pipes, either from a shaman, or self-administered. The powder is blown into each nostril in a quick motion. This initial intake of the medicine creates a break in thoughts, and feels quite intense, and not very pleasant. After the medicine has been shot into the nostrils it will clear the emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual bodies. The powder will move through the body by expelling mucus back out through the nose, or down the back of the throat.  Some people experience nausea or purging with nunu, but this is not always the case. The medicine releases acetylcholine, dopamine, and epinephrine in the brain. It clears bacteria, viruses, and illnesses from the body. It is also said to heal the pituitary gland, and decalcify the pineal gland (although there is no scientific backing for this yet). The pineal gland is responsible for regulating circadian rhythms, the immune system, and melatonin, and is also responsible for neurodegenerative diseases, if it is not cleared of fluoride or toxic buildup.

WHAT IS NUNU?

Nunu is an indigenous sacred medicine made from medicinal trees, barks, and leaves from the Amazon Forest. Nunu is also referred to as rape, which is pronounced, “ha-peh” in English. Nunu is primarily made from tobacco but also includes cacao and macambo nut, all of which are ground down into a fine powder. Rape is consumed through bamboo or bone pipes, either from a shaman, or self-administered. The powder is blown into each nostril in a quick motion. This initial intake of the medicine creates a break in thoughts, and feels quite intense, and not very pleasant. After the medicine has been shot into the nostrils it will clear the emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual bodies. The powder will move through the body by expelling mucus back out through the nose, or down the back of the throat.

Some people experience nausea or purging with nunu, but this is not always the case. The medicine releases acetylcholine, dopamine, and epinephrine in the brain. It clears bacteria, viruses, and illnesses from the body. It is also said to heal the pituitary gland, and decalcify the pineal gland (although there is no scientific backing for this yet). The pineal gland is responsible for regulating circadian rhythms, the immune system, and melatonin, and is also responsible for neurodegenerative diseases, if it is not cleared of fluoride or toxic buildup.