Psychotria viridis

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Psychotria viridis
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Taxonomical nomenclature
Kingdom Plantae
Unranked Angiosperms
Unranked Eudicots
Unranked Asterids
Order Gentianales
Family Rubiaceae
Genus Psychotria
Species P. viridis
Common nomenclature
Synonyms P. psychotriaefolia[1]
Common names Chacruna, chacrona
Active constituents DMT, NMT

Psychotria viridis (also known as Chacruna) is an additive to the ayahuasca brew as a source of DMT.


Dried P. viridis contains approximately 0.3% dimethyltryptamine (DMT). Other alkaloids such as beta-carbolines and N-methyltryptamine (NMT) have been found. The alkaloid content is said to be highest in the morning.[citation needed]

Growing conditions

Psychotria viridis naturally occurs in rich, loamy, well drained soil. They prefer hot and humid environments and grow in partial shaded area, such as the tree canopy of Ecuador rain forests.

P. Viridis can be propagated from cuttings. They can grow from cuttings of a branch or from a single leaf which is a rare phenomenon in nature. The seeds are not a viable way of growing this plant as it can take up to 6 months for a seed to germinate compared to the few weeks for a cutting of a leaf.

Legal status

Psychotria viridis is currently legal in most countries except France. France is one of the few countries that both DMT and DMT containing plants are illegal. In the United States the plant itself is legal but the creation of ayahuasca (except for religious use) is illegal. The plant is legal in Australia but its import and export are illegal.

External links

See also


  1. The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Plants