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Yopo is a very special and large green plant that produces an abundance of seeds that are highly psychoactive once prepared. Traditionally, it has been used for ceremonial purposes and spiritual healing. This is because the active substances in Yopo have a special effect that are consciousness-expanding. And in this article, we'll tell you all about how Yopo can change your consciousness.

What is Yopo?

Yopo is the well-known name for the large green plant called Anadenanthera peregrina. This refers to the word 'Ananda' from Sanskrit, meaning bliss. The seeds of this plant contain several psychoactive substances, including: DMT, bufotenine and 5-Meo-DMT. The fruits and bark of the plant also contain psychoactive substances, such as catechol, bufotenine, alpha-methyltryptamine and sarapontenine.


The seeds of the Yopo plant are best known in Central America. Early on, the seeds were also widely used by Indigenous peoples from Colombia, Venezuela and the southern part of the Brazilian Amazon. They made yopo snuff from these for spiritual healing. In the Caribbean, yopo used to be widely used in ceremonial contexts.

Effects of Yopo

Yopo is known as a mind-altering drug that has been used for this purpose for more than 4,000 years. In the Netherlands, the use of Yopo is not so well known yet, but a yopo trip can lead to deep insights. The combination of the substances DMT, bufotenine and 5-Meo-DMT are closely related and create psychoactive compounds. The effect is an amazing psychedelic trip full of visionary experiences.

The best-known effects of Yopo for you:

  • Internal visions of life
  • Change in perception
  • It allows you to enter a dream world, so to speak
  • Total bliss
  • Gaining new insights and revelations

Can Yopo change your consciousness?

Yopo is described by experienced users as the third eye, where non-physical spiritual dimensions can be perceived. Judging from these experiences, Yopo can definitely alter your consciousness. This is because of the substances Yopo contains. The substance DMT provides a visual effect and 5-Meo-DMT provides a change in consciousness and perspective shift. The substance 5-HO-DMT amplifies these effects again. And this creates a strong psychedelic effect that is extremely mind-altering.

Using Yopo

Yopo seeds are first lightly roasted and then ground into a fine powder before use. You can sniff this powder, but this is a very unpleasant sensation. Therefore, users often blow Yopo into each other's nose with a kuripe. This is a thin pipe made of bamboo and makes the experience and use of Yopo many times more pleasant.

Buy Yopo seeds

You can prepare the Yopo seeds we sell yourself for use by following the steps below:

  1. Gently roast the Yopo seeds in a pan until they split or pop open.
  2. Remove the skin from the seeds and roast the insides of the Yopo seeds until crisp.
  3. Turn the dried seeds into a fine powder.
  4. Add lime to your powder: about half of what you now have in powder.
  5. Add baking powder: also half the amount of Yopo powder.
  6. Add a few drops of water and mix together.

Yopo and Ayahuasca

Yopo is compared by many to Ayahuasca. And this is understandable, as they have a number of similarities. For one, they both contain the substance DMT that provides a visual effect. Secondly, Yopo is often used together with Banisteriopsis, one of the plants used to prepare the Ayahuasca brew. The use of Yopo is only relatively unknown within Europe and North America, compared to the use of Ayahuasca.


Want to experience an intense trip and come to new insights? Yopo can change your consciousness and, as far as we are concerned, is a must-do for the seasoned psychonaut. Just realise that it can be an intense experience and you should prepare well for it. Make sure you have the right people around you and only use Yopo when you are in good spirits.