The Anadenanthera genus has been prized for its psychoactive effects for nearly 4,500 years. This particular Anadenanthera strain was used in Shamanism by native Indians of the Southern Andes region. What is Shamanism? Shamans are very wise people of the old world that practice and practition by reaching altered states of consciousness to witness and interact with spiritual realms as well as to channel transcendental energies into this world. Shaman's use plants as medicine and thrive for healing.
The seeds of the Anadenanthera colubrina were traditionally made into a snuff by the name of Cebil or Vilca. What is snuff? Snuff is a fine-ground product intended for consumption by inhaling or sniffing through the nose. I'm not telling you this to encourage you to do so. That would be highly illegal and not a good idea. Yet it's still very interesting that the idea of snorting things to "get off" dates back to shamanism. Pretty fascinating right?
Cebil seeds ( or Yopo ) are widely used in South America for a change, rather than Africa. A lot of the Shamanic tools mentioned on this website were traditionally used in South Africa. Shamans in South America cultivate the Cebil near the Orinoco basin. Other cultures and tribes who have used Cebil, or this Anadenanthera species include the Yanomano and Waika tribes, and by people of the West Indies in the form of a snuff by the name of Cohoba. It sounds a lot like the cigar brand Cohiba right? I theorize that there is some sort of connection there.
For the Yanomano and Waika tribes, the stuff was called "Epena." In Epena, even ashes were utilized in the process of its production, resulting in a product with much more inebriant effects. This is very similar to the alchemical process of calcination. It's my observation that modern times leaves people with at the most, the use of herbal teas. Back in the day though people took natural healing very seriously, and developed an entire science behind making medicines. There was much more to it than just boiling water to make tea.
As an observation from researching many plants over the years I'd like to say that Yopo or "Cebil", falls into the same category of ethnobotanical plants that can be described as a "third eye type nootropic". The effects within a person vary greatly upon their psychology. Cebil's chemical constituents are those of interest to oneironauts. Other similar ethnobotanicals to Yopo include: African Dream Herb Seeds, Xhosa Dream Herb, Dream Herb, Ayahuasca, Cowage, and Passion Flower.
Not too many people know about this stuff, its effects, or the snuff that was traditionally prepared out of it. Because of fascism from government agencies, a lot of vendors who sold it and made it popular have been pushed into a corner. As a result, the effects and knowledge regarding the sacred Yopo have gone more underground. You can still find it for sale but it's a lot more hush tone than it used to be. At any rate, this page is here for educational purposes and I am proud to help spread this ancient knowledge.
Cebil, or Yopo, is an active ingredient in a magical psychedelic brew known as AYAHUASCA made by Shamans from Peru.
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