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 in Europe

Ayahuasca in the Heart of Europe

There is a fire burning in the center of the tipi, surrounded by an altar made from fresh leaves and flowers. About 30 people...
Indigenous Ayahuasca

The Indigenous Ayahuasca Universe

What differentiates indigenous ayahuasca use from the universe that has erupted out of it is, in the first place, its indefiniteness. Used across the globe...
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...
legal ayahuasca ceremony

7 Best Practices for Ayahuasca Legal Harm Reduction

We are at a unique juncture in the emergence of ayahuasca into global culture. It seems its use is growing, especially throughout the USA,...
Mother Ayahuasca

How Feminine is Ayahuasca?

While doing fieldwork with traditional healers in the Peruvian Amazon, I realized that their way of understanding nature was profoundly embedded within the categories...
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...
Psychedelic Renaissance

Like it or Not, the Psychedelic Renaissance Will be Televised

When we began our pilot study of MDMA-assisted therapy for social anxiety in autistic adults, my biggest fear was that, in desperation to make...
Ayahuasca Women Indigenous

Gift of the Spider Woman: Spinning, weaving and womanhood among the...

"Shamans say these geometric designs were obtained from the Sangariite guardian spirits who appear in visions induced by ayahuasca and other plants" The moon is...
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...
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