Beatriz Caiuby Labate has a Ph.D. in social anthropology from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil. Her main areas of interest are the study of psychoactive substances, drug policy, shamanism, ritual, and religion. She is Adjunct Faculty at the East-West Psychology Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco and Visiting Professor at the Center for Research and Post Graduate Studies in Social Anthropology (CIESAS) in Guadalajara. She is Co-founder of the Drugs, Politics, and Culture Collective, in Mexico (drogaspoliticacultura.net), and co-founder of the Interdisciplinary Group for Psychoactive Studies (NEIP) in Brazil, as well as editor of NEIP’s website (www.neip.info). She is also Chief Editor at Chacruna (chacruna.net). She is author, co-author, and co-editor of seventeen books, one special-edition journal, and several peer-reviewed articles (http://bialabate.net).

Psychedelic Medicines

FEATURED POSTS

Statement on Ayahuasca

Sixty years ago, the esteemed academic journal Science published a “Statement on Peyote” (La Barre, McAllester, Slotkin, Stewart, & Tax, 1951), in which a...

1st Indigenous Ayahuasca Conference – Yubaka Hayrá, Acre, Brazil: The Wisdom...

In December 2017, indigenous Brazilian ayahuasqueiros from the north-western State of Acre came together at the Yubaka Hayrá—the inaugural Indigenous Ayahuasca Conference, in the...

Do Psychedelics Have the Power to Change Minds?

Clinical trials of MDMA, psilocybin, ketamine, and ayahuasca are offering a glimpse that the future may hold psychiatric treatments far different from daily drug...

Ayahuasca May Help Patients with Treatment-Resistant Depression, Study Finds

A large group of Brazilian scientists carried out the first randomized placebo-controlled trial with ayahuasca in 29 patients with treatment-resistant depression, and the results...

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SPIRITUALITY

Can Medical Cannabis Play a Harm Reduction Role in the Opioid Overdose Crisis?

  North America is currently in the grips of a public health crisis rooted in the...

Shamanism and the Dynamics of Addiction

Why have addictions and the social problems of drug abuse become one of the greatest...

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...
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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...

CULTURE

1st Indigenous Ayahuasca Conference – Yubaka Hayrá, Acre, Brazil: The Wisdom of the Elders

In December 2017, indigenous Brazilian ayahuasqueiros from the north-western State of Acre came together at...

The Muká Diet of the Yawanawá Indigenous People in Acre, Brazil

If, in the recent past, the diet was exclusively for men of this ethnic group,...

Controversies Around the Toad Medicine

The booming consumption of 5-meo-DMT—the chemical extracted from the Bufo alvarius toad, endemic to the...

Why the Psychedelic Community is so White

  The War on Drugs is inherently anti-black. You can’t have a drug war without racism.   Most psychedelic users...

Territory, Roots and Conflict: Epistemic Encounters on Sacred Plants

    On Sunday, February 25, the closing ceremony for the Conference on Sacred Plants in the...

SCIENCE

Do Psychedelics Have the Power to Change Minds?

Clinical trials of MDMA, psilocybin, ketamine, and ayahuasca are offering a glimpse that the future...

Getting at the Root of Ayahuasca’s Therapeutic Potential

Laughter is the reaction I often face when I tell people that my research demonstrates...

Can Drinking Ayahuasca Really Change Your Life?

The ayahuasca world can promise big things: curing illness, healing trauma, and personal contact with...
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How the Amazonian Tea Ayahuasca Affects Mental Health

More and more people from around the globe are turning to ayahuasca, the Amazonian psychoactive...
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The Therapeutic Potential of Ayahuasca

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

POLICY

Statement on Ayahuasca

Sixty years ago, the esteemed academic journal Science published a “Statement on Peyote” (La Barre,...

Storming the Gates of Psychedelia: Scientists Commit to Collaboration in the Face of Capitalist Competition

  Everyone is talking about psychedelic drugs. The late-night TV show host Chelsea Handler drinks the...

Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy During Prohibition

    Not much has been written about the practical and legal considerations for working with clients...

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...

INTEGRATION

Group Therapy for Psychedelic Integration

The Psychedelic Education and Continuing Care Program (PECCP) is intended to help meet the needs...

6 Ways Ayahuasca Works like a Good Trauma Therapist

Be it plant spirit, a chemical cocktail that triggers our innate wisdom, or some mysterious...

An Audio Harm Reduction Guide For Psychedelic Psychotherapy

Its purpose is to point out that musical sound quality is an important part of...

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...

NEWS

Ayahuasca May Help Patients with Treatment-Resistant Depression, Study Finds

A large group of Brazilian scientists carried out the first randomized placebo-controlled trial with ayahuasca...

Plant Medicines, Healing and Psychedelic Science: Cultural Perspectives

Beatriz Caiuby Labate & Clancy Cavnar (Eds). Flyer  To buy at Springer click here See also Abstract: This is a...

Los Angeles Psychedelic Science Symposium (LAPSS)

Chacruna is happy to be a partner of this event. Here is the official information: We are...

Cooperation over Competition! Statement on Open Science for Psychedelic Medicines and Practices

  Photo, from left to right: Ram Dass, Alfred Matthew Hubbard, Aldous Huxley, Albert Hofmann, Ralph Metzner, Sasha Shulgin,...

Source Research Foundation Awards up to $10K for Psychedelic Science

  Are you or is someone you know looking for research funding? We are a private non-profit...

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