sustainable caapi? Options
#1 Posted : 6/1/2010 10:39:28 PM
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I've heard several times that the caapi plant is in danger, due to overconsumption of ayahuasca.

This is a deeply worrying thought to me: if there's any psychedelic i would want to have preserved for future generations it's ayahuasca.

First: is it true?

Secondly: is there anything we can do to preserve this plant?
Could for instance, caapi leaves replace the vine? Or are there substances that will increase sensitivity for caapi´s effects?

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#2 Posted : 6/1/2010 10:43:44 PM

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Buy your caapi from places like the mckenna farm and start some cuttings at home.
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#3 Posted : 6/1/2010 10:44:03 PM

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You can grow your own caapi. That's the route I'm going.

It's a really hearty plant from what I understand and is very easy to clone.

Once mine gets up to size, I already have at least 5 other places I intend on taking cuttings to.

The key is to be as self sustainable as possible and replace what you consume.

Like the concept of companies planting 5 trees for everyone they take. Except with a full developed caapi vine, I doubt you would need more than a few different plants to cover your own needs.
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#4 Posted : 6/1/2010 10:48:28 PM

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I read and heard about how nowadays its very rare to find wild ayahuasca. What one finds is either cultivated or the spreading of old cultivated species. Many indigenous people also cultivate ayahuasca, and so did their ancestors.

Ayahuasca that is sold is all cultivated AFAIK and I havent ever read any credible sources to say cultivated varieties is in any danger. Daime people for example have huge ayahuasca plantations that supply the use for thousands of followers. They are required by law in Brazil to be sustainable in their harvest.

So one way or another, ayahuasca is gonna be there, its easy to grow in tropical areas by directly sticking a small section of the vine in soil. Indoors in higher lattitudes maybe people could grow too, but I dont know how effective that would be for harvesting.

I dont know though about the exact source of the vine gotten by most ethnobotanical suppliers, and neither have any idea of the real numbers of how much aya is bought in this kind of market.

Whatever way it is, though, I think that if one can grow caapi, its highly recommended. Growing plants is great, gives you a whole new connection with life Smile
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Have any of you guys tried growing it hydroponicly? With a good fogger set up dialed in properly, you could probably grow anything. and fast too.
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