Books

At Chacruna: The Use of Psychoactive Plants in the Americas

Bia Labate & Sandra Goulart This book tackles original ethnographies about various types of use of psychoactive plants, including ayahuasca, magic mushrooms, jurema, coca, tobacco, toé, […]

At Chacruna: Beyond Prohibition of Plant Medicines

Charlotte Walsh First, I think it’s important to be clear about what we want to avoid, and why. It’s crucial to remember that what change looks […]

At Chacruna: The 21 Best Scientific Papers About Ayahuasca

We offer here a selection of 21 of the most interesting references in biomedicine, psychology, and health pertaining to ayahuasca. No doubt that we have missed […]

Troubled visions: Ayahuasca and shamanic tourism were already controversial in Brazil, and now face an uncertain future under Bolsonaro

At Chacruna: Is Ayahuasca a “Drug”?

Kenneth Tupper, Ph.D. As ayahuasca drinking emerges as a global phenomenon beyond the Amazon, one of the more curious claims about the brew that one regularly […]

At Chacruna: The Peyote Files

The Peyote Files is a documentary web series following the anthropologist Dr. Bia Labate in the search for the elusive peyote cactus in West Texas. Built around […]

At Chacruna: Should Psychedelic Therapists Have First-hand Experience with Psychedelics?

Elizabeth M. Nielson, PhD and Jeffrey Guss, MD Self-experimentation with psychedelic compounds by researchers and therapists played an important and largely undocumented role in the psychedelic […]

At Chacruna: The 40 Best Books About Shamanism and Plant Medicines

Chacruna We offer here a selection of 21 of the most interesting references in biomedicine, psychology, and health pertaining to ayahuasca. No doubt that we have […]

At Chacruna: The Encounter That Introduced Peyote to Western Science

Mike Jay This photograph is one of hundreds in the archives of the Smithsonian Institution that record people of the Plains tribes in their forced captivity […]

At Chacruna: Pieces of Ayahuasca, a Cash Crop

Carlos Suárez Álvarez, M.A. I am presenting here several excerpts from A Cash Crop, my last multimedia book, that shows how Banisteriopsis caapi, once an abundant and commercially […]

At Chacruna: Why Psychedelic Science Should Pay Speakers and Trainers of Color

NiCole T. Buchanan, Ph.D. Despite a commitment to creating a more just society,1 many psychedelic science organizations do not pay speakers and trainers for their services. I […]

At Chacruna: A Clinical Psychologist’s First Experience with Ayahuasca

Elizabeth Arnold, Ph.D. A colleague and friend referred a shaman to my private practice. We did brief and very focused work in one area of distress. […]

At Chacruna: Ethical and Sustainable Access to Entheogenic Plants

Bob Otis Stanley, MA Div What are ethical, sustainable relationships to entheogenic plants? How can humankind grow access to sacred plant-based healing and insight without risking […]

At Chacruna: Ayahuasca and Dreaming

Amy Jones, Ed.M, LCSW A crocodile, a pioneering rock band, and a Ryan Gosling film? As a psychotherapist working in New York City with patients who […]