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             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). [ Aside from its medicinal use, it contains a psychoactive class of phytochemicals / sedative compounds which have some relaxing and rewarding potential on their own! ]

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 intend to make this mainstream knowledge.

Phytochemistry & Pharmacology

For those of you who are not familiar with harmala alkaloids and the plant-life that contain them, here is a brief run-down on the topic. These sacred botanicals 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 ethnobotanicals or substances. They have sedating and mildly psychoactive properties on their own. These species are potentially dangerous, if combined with other certain plants, drugs, chemicals, etc. Generally, the psychoactive properties of Bobinsana makes me feel calm, happy, mildly euphoric, and has a way of enhancing the sensory. It goes great with other good stuff if you use caution and don't go over-board. If you're a smoker, try it with a cigarette!


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. There are numerous organizations with scientist backing who are working to educate, and provide everyone with safe legal access to these ethnobotanical substances.

In this paragraph I'm going to briefly talk about the effects of calliandra angustifolia ( Bobinsana ). The first time I tried it, I had felt like I was coming down with the flu. I figured I would try something new because my body shouldn't be immune to its effects because of this. I had often read that it was utilized in the rain forest as a medicine so I figured hey maybe it will help. I decided to go with the classic method of consumption and I brewed a tea out of some rather fresh leaves that a friend of mine hooked me up with for free! I took the leaves, put them in a tea bag ( one of those pouch kinds ), brewed my drink and began to sip it. I swear I believe it made me feel better. That's not all though..

I always had an interest in Ayahuasca related plants such as this for potentially enhancing dreams and even lucidity. Upon trying this tea for the first time I did in fact have really vivid dreams that night too, which I think the MAOI's were responsible for. The reason I think that is that the effets of Ayahuasca and DMT are only orally active because of the MAOI's in the vine. Because of the fact that it exist in our brains, it may have had some kind of influence over the effects of dreaming. So in thise sense, if this is true, I have found a use for Ayahuasca related ethnobotanicals without the counterpart that contains the actual "spirit molecule". If you're not familiar with the spirit molecule, please research it. There's a great documentary with Joe Rogan on it.

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.

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