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One of a class of indole alkaloids structurally similar to the amino acid L-tryptophan, when ingested, maycause hallucinations.
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Of chief importance is the pan Amazonian hallucinogenic brew Ayahuasca, which is a preparation containing Beta carboline alkaloids (viz.Harmine, Harmaline and tetrahydroharmine, which act as MAOIs) contained in the vine Banisteriopsis caapi , which is boiled with the leafs of DMT containing plants, commonly used are Psychotria viridis, P.
Harmaline, harmine, harmalol and harmol are the main beta carboline alkaloids in P.