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05/01/16
Syrian Rue
syrian rue
Syrian rue is another ethnobotanical which contains harmala and related alkaloids. It's believed to be a powerful oneirogen because of this. It should not be combined with certain foods or prescription drugs.

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05/01/16
Ayahuasca ( B. caapi )
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Ayahuasca is a vine that grows in the Amazonian rain forest. It's closely related to some others on this page which also contain these same constituents.
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Bobinsana ( Calliandra angustifolia )

Calliandra angustifolia or Calliandra sodiroi  

             When I first found out about this little known amazonian herb, I was thrilled. What caught my interest right away was that It was yet another source of some well known MAOI constituents found in several other well known species in the ethnobotany community. It also has a history associated with different medicinal applications than those several other similar botanicals, making it a uniquely useful plant friend. Being a life-long herbalist myself, I was elated to try it in all forms, including tincture, tea, & orally (capsuled).


If you've been familiar with the most commonly discussed plants in the ethnobotany community, then you are probably more than aware of the most common ethnobotanicals which contain harmala alkaloids. They are the Ayahuasca Vine, Syrian Rue, and Passion Flower. Did you know that Tobacco and another plant called Bobinsana ( Calliandra angustifolia ) also contain harmala alkaloids? Bobinsana is rarely disuccsed in the main-stream ethnobotany community. I itend to make this mainstream knowledge.


Phytochemistry & Pharmacology

For those of you who are not familiar with harmala alkaloids and the plants that contain them, here is a brief run-down on the topic. These plants contain complex phytochemicals which act as MAOIS ( Monoamine oxidase inhibitors ). They are commonly prized for their anti-depressant properties, and the ability to aid the body in absorbing and intensifying the effects of other psychoactive plants or substances. They have sedating and mildly psychoactive properties on their own. These plants are potentially dangerous, if combined with other certain plants, drugs, chemicals, etc.


Cultural


Bobinsana ( Calliandra angustifolia ) has many other common nick-names including: yacu yutzu, and yopoyo ( not to be confused with Yopo ). Aside from the psychoactive harmala alkaloids in the plant, it has a reputation for having many medicinal qualities as well. It's yet another Amazonian gem, being used by the native Shamans to treat rheumatism and a wide range of other ailments. Often times it's added to the Shamanic Ayahuasca brew.


Constituents: pipecolic acids, amino acids, flavonoids, cyanogenic glycosides, tannins, saponins, harmala alkaloids, and sterols.


Medicinal Use


Medicinal Properties & Applications: Detox ( blood purifier ), uterine cancer, arthritis, stimulating tonic, colds/flu, anti-cancerous, anti-inflammatory, contraceptive, stimulant, tonic, MAOI, mild psychoactive sedative.


Warning: Do NOT consume if pregnant. MAOIS can interact with certain foods, drugs, and medications.


Please feel free to start or join a discussion on Bobinsana on the forum.

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References:

Monoamine oxidase inhibitor. (2016, April 26). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 16:45, May 1, 2016, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Monoamine_oxidase_inhibitor&oldid=717142137

Calliandra angustifolia. (2015, December 3). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 16:46, May 1, 2016, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Calliandra_angustifolia&oldid=693566169

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?cmd=PureSearch&term=Calliandra%5BAll%20Fields%5D



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