Mimosa tenuiflora – Jurema



This mimosa-like tree or shrub, also known as Mimosa hostilis, occurs predominantly in South Mexico, Central America and Eastern Brazil.

Use:  The bark of the roots was extracted through boiling by Indian tribes in East Brazil and drank ritually as “Vino de Jurema” in order to cause shamanic states of consciousness. In modern times the bark became well-known as a potent ayahuasca analogue. To prepare the potion, for one dosage about 10 g of the bark of the root is cooked with a beta-carboline-containing plant like Peganum harmala or Banisteria caapi, and taken.

The most widely used method of preparation corresponds with the preparation of Diplopterys cabrerana with Banisteria caapi (see below Diplopterys cabrerana).

Active constituents: Besides traces of beta-carbolines the root bark contains predominantly larger amounts of N,N-DMT – around 0,6 % in the Brazilian and 1 % in the Mexican plant.

Effects: In combination with Banisteria caapi or Peganum harmala, Mimosa tenuiflora, taken orally, shows an effect very similar to the leaves of Diplopterys cabrerana. The root bark is used as an ayahuasca ingredient that is similarly as potent as the leaves. The dried bark is even occasionally finely ground and smoked in doses of about one gram. The effects from smoking last for about 10–15 min.

Side effects: None are known if it is taken by itself, combined with beta-carboline containing plants it can come to nausea and vomiting. Please take note of the interactions of MAO-inhibitors and certain drinks and foods as described in the corresponding chapter. A diet in accordance to these guidelines which takes this into account is advised before taking any ayahuasca analogues. The side- and aftereffects common to all hallucinogenics (see corresponding chapter) can also occur, up to persistent psychoses.

Miscellaneous: DMT as substance falls under the narcotic drugs acts, the regulations concerning DMT-containing materials like parts of plants vary from one country to another. Hence it is advised against the intake of DMT-containing materials.

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