Books

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 […]

At Chacruna: The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Problematic Process for Religious Exemption for Use of Prohibited Psychoactive Substances

Brad Bartlett, Esq. There are hundreds of groups using ayahuasca in ceremonial underground contexts in the United States. They all dream of future legalization and the […]

At Chacruna: What can we learn from studying psychedelics in special populations?

Clancy Cavnar In the contemporary psychedelic sciences, what is the purpose of singling out certain groups for research, treatment, or conferences? Are gay people, women, and […]

At Chacruna – Main Report: Ayahuasca Symposium

Adam Knowles On Sunday, June 23, I attended the first “Ayahuasca Symposium” in London, UK, on behalf of Chacruna, a partner to the event. The event, […]

At Chacruna: Psychedelic Masculinities: Reflections on Power, Violence and Privilege

Gabriel Amezcua There is no doubt that the growing interest in the use of psychedelic substances has triggered a wave of increasingly critical attitudes toward the […]

At Chacruna: Curing an Incurable Disease in the Amazon Jungle

Lynne Nardizz Eight years ago, I was diagnosed with an incurable autoimmune disease.  Two years ago, I went to the Amazon jungle in Peru for shamanic […]

At Chacruna: Why LGBTQI+ Members are Creating Their Own Ayahuasca Circles

Shelby Hartman Dee Adams knew she was going to participate as facilitator of ayahuasca retreats one day. She’d heard the message, years ago, in a ceremony. Ayahuasca, […]