Harmine Chemical formula
Synonyms: Harmina; 7-Methoxy-1-methyl-9H-pyrido[3,4b]indole.
Cyrillic synonym: Хармин.

Chemical information

Chemical formula: C13H12N2O = 212.2.
CAS — 442-51-3.


Harmine is an alkaloid obtained from peganum, the dried seeds of Peganum harmala (Zygophyllaceae), also known as syrian rue. Harmine is identical with an alkaloid known as banisterine or telepathine obtained from Banisteriopsis caapi (Malpighiaceae). The following terms have been used as ‘street names’ or slang names for various forms of harmine or preparations containing harmine: Rue.


Harmine and harmaline are the main active principles of a hallucinogenic drink, known in South American regions as ‘ayahuasca’, ‘caapi’, or ‘yagé’, that is made from closely related plants of the family Malpighiaceae. They have no therapeutic use.
Published May 08, 2019.