At Chacruna: I have HIV and ayahuasca and psilocybin have saved me

Kevon Adrian Simpson While I was in the jungle seeing if plant medicines could help my diagnosis, I remember my maestra asking me, “Well, how did you catch […]

At Chacruna: How I Lived Twelve Years in a Colombian Ayahuasca Cult Led by a Sexual Abuser

Betty Sanchéz, MA On May 13, 2019, the court of Guaduas in Cundinamarca, Colombia, pronounced the guilty verdict against the supposed “taita” and connoisseur of “yajé,” […]

At Chacruna: Decriminalize Nature, First and Forever

Decriminalize Nature Oakland DN believes entheogens refer to sacred natural ethnobotanicals, which are often erroneously labeled as “drugs” while in fact distinct and unrelated to “drugs”.  […]

At Chacruna: Sonic Journeys: An Interview with Byron Metcalf

Matt “River” Baldwin, MFT, Byron Metcalf, PhD, is a therapist, explorer of consciousness, and musician who specializes in creating music for neoshamanic work. He began his […]

At Chacruna: Queer Voices Speak to the New Psychedelia

Jeanna Eichenbaum, LCSW On the evening of June first, about 50 or so participants at the Queering Psychedelics conference gathered in one corner of the Brava […]

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, […]