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beta-carboline alkaloids (β-carbolines) are a class of chemicals that include compounds with psychoactive effects. They are often combined with ayahuasca brews to prevent the breakdown of DMT in the digestive system by inhibiting the enzyme monoamine oxidase.
β-carboline alkaloids are based upon the molecule β-Carboline. β-Carboline itself is made up of an indole ring attached to a pyridine ring.
β-Barbolines are seen throughout organic chemistry and include psychoactive drugs.