Peyote Medicine

Peyote: Plant Medicine for the Body, Mind and Soul

Peyote (Lophophora williamsii) is a small, spineless, mind-altering cactus that, for centuries, has been terribly misunderstood by Western society. It grows naturally in the...
Peyote Culture

Psychedelic Lizard Kings and the Other: Culture, Race and the Frontiers...

There is a scene in Oliver Stone’s 1991 film, The Doors, where the rock quartet and their female company travel to a desert and...
Temple of the way of light

How Indigenous Youths in Peru are Being Initiated in Western Ayahuasca...

As the evening fell dark, I saw 4 young indigenous students enter the round maloka ceremony space at the Temple of the Way of...
Drinking Peyote

Racist Thinking Still Shapes How We Understand Peyote Drinking

Human beings have sought out the sensory experiences associated with psychedelic drugs for millennia. On every continent and in every setting, they have sought...
Sacred Peyote

How My Elder’s Sacred Peyote is Disappearing

In my childhood home, the word “medicine” is how we referred to peyote (Lophophora williamsii). This medicine was stored in various forms, but mainly...
Cannabis treatment

How Cannabis and Other “Drugs” Can be Gateways to a Better...

“Proud to be drug free,” “Red Ribbon Week,” “Just Say No,” “Users are Losers”… there was no absence of anti-drug messaging surrounding my youth...
Maria Sabina

Undiscovering Huautla: City of the Magic Mushrooms

As far as the rest of the world is concerned, Huautla de Jimenez and the Sierra Mazateca were “discovered” in 1955, when the American...
ayahuasca Guarani Indians

When I First Drank Ayahuasca with the Guarani Indians of Brazil

“Talk little”; “Don’t ask questions”; “Don’t talk at all.” This was the kind of recommendation I heard from my anthropologist friends before going on...
kratom legal

Understanding the Kratom Ban Controversy

Face-eating zombies, bulletproof criminals, and rampant death of all involved. These seem to be among the most common media stories floated around when discussing...
Psychedelic Plant Medicines

Meet The Pioneers of Psychedelic Plant Medicine Research

I am excited to invite you all to come join us at Psychedelic Science 2017, a conference co-hosted by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic...
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