Welcome to Chacruna.net, a site I have put a lot of love and energy into. Here, you will find reliable information by scholars I know and respect. I wanted to make a trustworthy platform to share knowledge about plant medicines from researchers, therapists, indigenous voices, and other experts in an easy and accessible format. I hope you enjoy it!


Bia Labate, Ph.D.

FEATURED POSTS

Why We Must Continue Calling the Cannabis Plant “Marijuana”?

There are various hypotheses about the roots of the word “marijuana,” but it´s still uncertain what it really means, and when this name appeared...

Integration: Psychedelics, Spirituality and the Ego

Integration has become a buzzword in the world of psychedelics, but there are still questions being asked about what it means to be integrated,...

Religious Use of Ayahuasca in the Netherlands Under Threat

  On January 31, 2018, a very important and delicate court case took place in Amsterdam. It was the appeal court case about the confiscation...

Cultural Appropriation and Misuse of Ancestral Yagé Medicine

Spirituality and Yagé Territory, culture, self-government, and spirituality: that’s what’s most important for us. The curacas, our men of wisdom or traditional doctors—harmonize relations within the...


LEARN ABOUT AYAHUASCA, PSILOCYBIN “MAGIC” MUSHROOMS, IBOGA AND OTHER NATURAL PSYCHEDELICS


SPIRITUALITY

My Experience as a Brazilian at a Santo Daime Retreat in the United States

It was 2016 when I got the news: I was going to the United States...
psychedelic burning man

How I Completed My Childhood at Burning Man with Psychedelic Mushrooms

My first visit to Burning Man was at the request of Rick Doblin, founder and...
Cannabis Spirituality

Who Is Cannabis?

Homo sapiens, and all the Homo species that preceded us, or cohabited with us for...
Psychedelic ayahuasca DNA

A Story of Visionary Ayahuasca Healing, DNA and Epigenetics

I am a Colombian-American family physician raised in Phoenix, Arizona. Throughout my career, I have...
dmt hyperspace

The DMT Trip and the Mysteries of Hyperspace Travel

Known to produce profound changes in sensory perception, mood, and thought, DMT is commonly smoked...

CULTURE

Why We Must Continue Calling the Cannabis Plant “Marijuana”?

There are various hypotheses about the roots of the word “marijuana,” but it´s still uncertain...

Cultural Appropriation and Misuse of Ancestral Yagé Medicine

Spirituality and Yagé Territory, culture, self-government, and spirituality: that’s what’s most important for us. The curacas, our...
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Drinking Yagé to Resist Capitalist Violence

Ethnic groups in southern Colombia, such as the Siona, are using yagé (a local name...
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Racism and the discrimination against Cannabis by Ayahuasca Users in Brazil

  Foreigners, and even Brazilians, often feel confused by the fierce accusations leveled by the members...
traditional ayahuasca ceremony

Why You Will Never Get a Traditional Ayahuasca Treatment

Have you ever thought of visiting an ayahuasca lodge in Iquitos to experience a “traditional”...

SCIENCE

ayahuasca mental health

How the Amazonian Tea Ayahuasca Affects Mental Health

More and more people from around the globe are turning to ayahuasca, the Amazonian psychoactive...
Ayahuasca Therapy

The Therapeutic Potential of Ayahuasca

The core therapeutic issue for most of us is that we yearn to be loved...
Ayahuasca brain cells

What Happens to Your Brain Cells After They Meet Ayahuasca?

Anyone who ever drank ayahuasca, or read something about it, knows that it affects visual...
DMT Experience

The DMT Experience, The Human Brain & The Science of Consciousness

  The incredible states of consciousness that emerge when people consume the psychedelic molecule DMT are...
Ayahuasca Addiction Therapy

Is Ayahuasca an Effective Therapeutic Tool for Addiction Treatment?

Addictions have become one of the most critical health issues of modern society, costing many...

POLICY

Psychedelic Markets of the Future

Psychedelic Markets of the Future Discussions of legalizing psychedelics to date consist of more questions than...

A New Era of Psychedelic Policy?

Since the beginning of the US-led War on Drugs nearly 50 years ago, when certain...

How Should Plant Medicines Be Regulated?

While many of us in the psychedelic community are clear that plant medicines shouldn’t be...

Peyote in the United States: Prisoner of War as the War Wanes

Peyote (Lophophora williamsii) is a small cactus of the Chihuahuan Desert that has a history...

Why Are Some Drugs Legal, and Others Illegal?

When Spaniards first arrived in the Americas, they encountered an array of mood altering substances,...

INTEGRATION

Integration: Psychedelics, Spirituality and the Ego

Integration has become a buzzword in the world of psychedelics, but there are still questions...

Microdosing Controversy: Where Do You Stand?

Just a year ago when Katherine MacLean, Andrew Tatarsky, and I met to discuss the...

Developing Integration of Visionary Experiences: A Future Without Integration

Recently, the concept of integration has become a hot topic in the context of the...

The World’s Best Practices for Integrating Ayahuasca

Working with the Amazonian plant medicine ayahuasca presents enormous psycho-spiritual challenges. In my experience as...
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Why a Culture of Integration is Critical For the Modern Psychedelic Movement

The continued fragmentation of modern Western culture is driving us towards social isolation. However, humans...

NEWS

Religious Use of Ayahuasca in the Netherlands Under Threat

  On January 31, 2018, a very important and delicate court case took place in Amsterdam....

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