The Latin name for the tree that bears the Yopo seeds is Anadenanthera peregrina. The use of Yopo seeds has a long history in South America’s shamanistic cultures. The first tools that were used to consume Yopo are dated to 2000 BC. It is still used by native populations in South America, so Yopo has now been used for over 4000 years. The tree is also found in de the Caribbean region. The Yopo seeds are different from Cebil seeds. Both contain bufotenine, but they differ in terms of the other psychoactive compounds that they contain. The snuff that can be made from Yopo seeds is called Cohoba. It is often blown into the nostrils, using little bamboo tubes. But it can also be snorted. Yopo can bring you in a dreamy, psychedelic state that lasts around 15 minutes and wears off in another 30 minutes. Many users also experience some unpleasant side-effects, such as dizziness, vomiting or headaches. According to ethno botanist Christian Raetsch, the active alkaloids in Yopo are: N,N-DMT, 5-MeO-DMT and 5-HO-DMT (bufotenine).
5 grams of Anadenanthera peregrina seeds. This comes down to about 30 seeds.
The seeds first have to be made into a preparation before they become active. Heat the seeds in a frying pan using low heat. As soon as the seeds burst you can take the pan off the fire. Remove the inside of the seed and throw away the peel. Then heat the inner seeds (low heat). Pulverize the remains with a coffee grinder or a pestle. Mix 2 parts Yopo with 1 part calcium hydroxide and 1 part baking powder. Add a few drops of water so that it becomes a doughy mass. Mix this well and heat slowly until the substance is dry. Then grind or pulverize again, until you have a fine powder.
The recommended dose is 1-4 seeds per person. If you try this for the first time it is best to start with a low dose, so that you can check how sensitive you are for the substance. It is easiest to blow the powder into each other’s nose, because snorting it does not feel pleasant. Someone who helps you to blow it into your nose will have less difficulty to make you ingest a sufficient amount. Use a straw or a special snorting tube and do not use money. A snorting tube is the most hygienic method to get the powder into your nose. First try a low dose (the powder of 1 or 2 seeds) to see how you respond. Make sure that there is a sober person with you who can help you with any physical inconveniences. Dosages of more than 5 seeds are generally experienced as highly uncomfortable.
Keep out of reach of children. This product should not be used under the age of 18. Do not use if you are pregnant or lactating, if you have high or low blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, thyroid disease or an enlarged prostate. Do not use in combination with medication, drugs and/or alcohol. This can have undesired effects or even be dangerous. Only use Yopo when you are feeling well, mentally and physically. Make sure to take it in a spacious place where you feel at ease.
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