Banisteriopsis Caapi Vine is the main ingredient in Ayahuasca (Yage, Yaje), a sacred medicine used for millennia in order to enter the sacred supernatural world, to heal, divine, and worship. To prepare Ayahuasca, sections of Banisteriopsis Caapi vine were boiled with leaves from a number of potential admixture plants such as Psychotria viridis (Chacruna) or Diplopterys cabrerana (Chagropanga, Chaliponga) to make the Ayahuasca.
The use of Ayahuasca and other plant teachers for visionary experiences as well as for healing purposes appears to be ancient. According to tradition, Banisteriopsis Caapi Vine contains a sentient intelligence – with vast knowledge – which reveals guidance; the proper steps to follow in case of emotional or psychological problems, and even remedies that may be used for healing.
Keep in mind that due to the fact that shredded caapi, being a natural product, deteriorates rapidly due to oxidation and exposure to air, light, and humidity. Because of this we shred our caapi on a daily basis from fresh whole vine.