Chacruna Leaves (Psychotria Viridis)
Chacruna Leaves (Psychotria Viridis) freshly harvested from Ecuador. A member of the Rubiaceae family from South America. The word Chacruna derives from the Quechua word chaqruy which means ‘to mix’. Chacruna Leaves (Psychotria Viridis) is the most common used plant in ayahuasca brews in the Amazons of Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, and parts of Brazil. It is also favored by the modern ayahuasca churches Santo Daime and Uniao do Vegetal. The Machiguenga use Chacruna Leaves to make a juice they call ‘sampakatishi’ as an eye drop to assist in hunting. It is said to cause a burning sensation which then subsides into heightened senses. They use these same drops to treat migraines. Similarly, the Andoke tribe crush the leaves and infuse them in water to make eye drops which are meant to give “clear vision…to see with understanding” (Russo 1997).
These leaves are for ornamental/decorative purposes only, NOT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION.
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