Who We Are

Who We Are

Welcome to Gaiana.nl We are a small and dynamic company based in the Netherlands which is dedicated to the relationships that exist between peoples and plants, also know as Ethnobotany. We are officially online since 2012, but our roots go way back and have it’s origin in a small dutch ethnobotanical community. Members of this community shared, learned and exchanged their knowledge of plants and their traditional uses, creating a vast source of information and a...

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Stem and Veins of Mitragyna speciosa

Stem and Veins of Mitragyna speciosa

 -Memoirs of a kratom eater- Leaf anatomy Although botanists will be furious, for simplicity, kratom leafs can roughly be divided into three tissues, leaf tissue, veins and the petiole. The petiole is the stem attaching the leaf to a branch. The veins are the vascular tissue of the leaf. They form a web of small connected ducts and transport water, nutrients and many other compounds from and into the leaf. In between these veins is the leaf tissue itself, which is made up...

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Science behind caffeine

Science behind caffeine

Do you remember how you felt after your very first cup of coffee (ever)? Excitement and a remarkable ability to focus…Sometimes, even euphoria. Compare that with the slightly less-sleepy feeling you get after the fifth cup of coffee this morning. So, what happened since that first, magical sip?   Caffeine tolerance Found in tea and coffee, caffeine is the world’s most popular stimulant. We usually associate a cup of coffee with happiness, and for some of us, even...

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Ayahuasca Under National and International Law

Ayahuasca Under National and International Law

The OPEN Foundation (Stichting OPEN in Dutch) hosts the following video on vimeo.com featuring the dutch lawyer Adèle van der Plas. Adèle van der Plas is specialized in natural psychoactive substances and the law. In this video she gives a brief explanation on how the INCB (International Narcotics Control Board) regulates plants that by nature contain a controlled psychoactive substances. She goes in to more detail on how this law is interpreted and applied by the dutch...

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Potential benefits of Cocoa extract

Potential benefits of Cocoa extract

Cocoa extract refers to the bioactive compounds found in cocoa products. These compounds include flavanols, procyanidins and epicatechin. Collectively, these molecules are called Cocoa Extract. Though these molecules are not unique to cocoa. The compound epicatechin, for example, is also found in prunes. Procyanidin B2 is found in Grape Seed Extract and Pycnogenol. Cocoa extract contains a particularly high level of epicatechin, compared to other plant products. Cocoa...

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Acacia confusa Root bark vs Trunk bark

Acacia confusa Root bark vs Trunk bark

This article compares the root and trunk bark of the Acacia confusa, to help you understand the difference so you can make an informed decision about which one you would prefer. In general there is a minor difference between root or trunk bark of the Acacia confusa. The main reason why Acacia confusa root bark is advertised everywhere is because people are familiar with Mimosa hostilis root bark and therefor assume that it is the only useful part of the plant. This has been...

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Bitcoin How To

Bitcoin How To

We proudly accept Bitcoins! Change the wold by using Bitcoins! Here is a quick overview on how to complete your order by paying in Bitcoins: What is Bitcoin? Step 1 – Get a wallet There are many wallets to choose from, at the following link you will get a nice overview in the diffences between wallets you can use: Getting Started We recommend a Web Wallets – Web wallets are the easiest and most convenient in use for a fast and easy bitcoin transaction. Creating...

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