What is jurema?

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Jurema is a mixture of plants often compared to ayahuasca.

It is traditionally used in Brazil.

As a beverage containing DMT, it can cause hallucinations.

It is taken as a bitter brown drink.

It is usually consumed during a ceremony, where a spiritual experience is sought.

A jurema ritual is guided by a shaman.

Jurema is double-edged: it allows for deep emotional transmutation, but it is also seductive and can boost the ego.


A combination of plants is used to prepare the drink.

The main ingredient is jurema, a psychotropic shrub native to Latin America (Mimosa tenuiflora).

However, for the naturally occurring DMT to be effective as a hallucinogen, it is mixed with a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI), specifically Syrian rue (Peganum harmala).

Both plants are then boiled to prepare a decoction.


How to prepare for a jurema ceremony?

The jurema ceremony should not be taken lightly.

Preparation is necessary during the 3 days preceding the rituals:

  • Reduce your diet.
  • Avoid eating animals, coffee, fatty foods, yeast products (bread) or sugar.
  • Avoid all sexual practices, including masturbation.
  • Avoid smoking or taking drugs.

The shaman should be informed of any medication taken.

Certain medications should be avoided for 2 weeks before the ceremony:

  • Antidepressants.
  • Antipsychotics.
  • Antibiotics.
  • Altitude sickness pills.


Jurema is contraindicated in case of :

  • Pregnancy.
  • Depression.
  • Mental disorders.
  • Cardiac disorders.
  • Schizophrenic state.
  • Cancer.

It is recommended that each jurema ceremony be spaced 3 months apart, to allow for integration.

The ceremony

The effects of the plants can be felt a few dozen minutes after ingestion.

They vary according to the participants.

Jurema induces a modified state of consciousness, with the aim of experiencing a spiritual experience.

It is important to be aware that in this state we can attract harmful entities.

Laughter can alternate with tears, and moments of ecstasy with fears that arise.

It is also possible to vomit, which allows for purification on many levels.

The role of the shaman is to :

  • Provide protection for the participants.
  • Guide.


What is jurema?

It is a combination of medicinal plants consumed during ceremonies.

The main objective is an intense experience of introspection, coupled with spiritual healing.

Jurema is powerful and requires serious and competent supervision.

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