We provide public education and cultural understanding about psychedelic plant medicines and promote a bridge between the ceremonial use of sacred plants and psychedelic science.


We envision a world where plant medicines and other psychedelics are preserved, protected, and valued as part of our cultural identity and integrated into our social, legal and health care systems.

Our Programs:

Chacruna Chronicles

Providing public education and making academic knowledge more accessible.

Chacruna Events

Organizing of high-quality conferences, community forums and panels on psychedelics and plant medicines.

Ayahuasca Community Committee

Raising awareness about key issues and promoting positive action.

Racial Equity and Access Committee

Promoting the voices of people of color in the field of psychedelic science.


Women, Gender Diversity, and Sexual Minorities Working Group

Promoting the voices of women and queer people in the field of psychedelic science.

Council for the Protection of Sacred Plants

Documentation, education, and advocacy on the legality of sacred plants.

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Upcoming Events:

Sacred Plants in the Americas 2

Sacred Plants in the Americas II

Global Virtual Psychedelic Summit

April 23rd-25th, 2021


The Role of Mysticism in Psychedelic Trials

A Conversation with Rachael Petersen, Rita Powell and Joe Welker Wednesday, January 13th from 12-20pm PST REGISTER FOR...

Sacred Plants, Religious Freedom and the Future of Psychedelic Spirituality

A Conversation with Erik Davis, Kathleen Harrison and Bob Otis Tuesday, September 8th from 12-2pm...

Curing an Incurable Disease in the Amazon Jungle

Western medicine says that rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is incurable, but my blood tests are now...

Healing Sexual Trauma with Ayahuasca

As a teenager, the power of my sacred feminine energy was taken from me by...

Sacred Mushrooms of the Mazatec Tradition: Transforming the Inner Landscape of the Human Psyche

These entheogens, which have been considered as medicines in indigenous traditions, are still an immensely...


Tracing the History of Marijuana in Mexico with Nidia Olvera Hernández

Jasmine Virdi interviews Nidia Olvera Hernández, a Mexican ethnohistorian, specializing in the history of psychoactive substances and drug poilices. In this article, Nida shares about some of her earlier research into the history of marijuana in Mexico, detailing cannabis’ arrival with Span-ish colonizers who intended to use the plant for industrial purposes, and how the conception of the plant shifted over time, eventually coming to be referred to as “marijuana” as opposed to “hemp.”

How Colombian Yagé Communities Confronted the COVID-19 Pandemic

Amazonian communities in Colombia were hit hard and fast by the advent of Covid-19 to their territories. These communities were forced to adapt the ways in which they use plant medicines, particularly Yagé, and dive deep into their ancestral knowledge to uncover ways to protect themselves from the worst effects of the pandemic. What resulted was a show of resilience, pride, and unification on the part of Indigenous groups to confront this crisis.

Researchers Demand Reparations to Mazatecs for Mushroom “Spirit”

There is an emerging multi-billon dollar market for psychedelic therapies as the research becomes more mainstream. As for-profit companies begin to commodify psilocybin, researchers and activists demand these companies pay reparations for the stolen knowledge from the Mazatec people and engage in a reciprocal relationship with Indigenous peoples.

Supporting Indigenous Autonomy Means Participating in a Story of Relationship

The Yanesha of Peru, along with other Amazonian groups, engage with cultural tourism in response to a global market that relentlessly reduces their choices. Greater Indigenous autonomy yields not only higher biodiversity, but also allows for community-led solutions to social, ecological, and economic problems. Supporting Indigenous autonomy involves stepping into a story of relationship, seeing the world as a society of beings instead of a collection of detached objects, and learning to listen when the forest speaks.

Preserving Entangled Ayahuasca

This text was originally a conference paper in Spanish as well as an attempt to bridge what matters to medicine women and men, ethnographical experience and feminist theory.


20 Best Books About Peyote and Mescaline

Anya Ermakova, Ph.D compiled a list of the 20 best books about peyote and mescaline. These non-fiction books about Lophophora williamsii are written by scholars of history, anthropology, religion, biology, and ecology and conservation.

Ayahuasca, Severe Illnesses, and the Mystery of Death

When someone is diagnosed with a severe, life-threatening illness, the affected individual may begin to ask several existential questions. The author, Lucas Maia, PhD, summarizes his findings from his doctoral thesis which studied the ritual use of ayahuasca and its therapeutic potential for those facing and fearing death.

Psychedelic Illusions are Not Pathological, and May Even Help You See Better

This article summarizes psychiatric and neuroscientific findings on the similarities between psychedelic and psychiatric hallucinations.

Psychedelic Science Shies Away from Mysticism Without Losing Its Tenderness

The labeling of the psychedelic experience as ‘mystical’ may do little to improve public opinion about psychedelics, especially among those with traditional, conservative values. While it is no surprise that psychedelics can induce deep spiritual experiences, there is no scientific evidence that psychedelics can change one’s political or religious beliefs.

Psilocybin Group Therapy Promising for Demoralized AIDS Survivors

Kelan Thomas writes about a new psilocybin group therapy clinical trial for demoralized AIDS survivors that was recently published by Chacruna board member Dr. Brian Anderson.


Fighting for the Legal Use of Ayahuasca as a Religious Sacrament with Martha Hartney

Jasmine Virdi interviews Martha Hartney, an attorney fighting for the legal use of aya-huasca as a religious sacrament within the United States. In this article, Martha Hart-ney shares about the legal status of ayahuasca, how this intersects with the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), and how we can collectively work towards securing the right to drink ayahuasca in bona fide religious settings.

Capitalism Goes Rogue with Patent Claims on Psychedelics

Not-for-profit organizations, like MAPS and Usona Institute, are just a few years away from completing FDA trials to medicalize psychedelic therapy. As psychedelic research gets closer to medicalization, for-profit companies, like COMPASS institute and ATAI Life Sciences, have filed patents about psilocybin, MDMA, and DMT. The author describes how for-profit’s patent claims and capitalism are impacting the psychedelic renaissance -- a movement with origins of psychedelic research in the 1960s, the summer of love, and healing for all.

Let’s Talk About Hikuri: A Peyote Conservation Project by the Wixárika

This article introduces the Hablemos del Hikuri peyote conservation project that began in 2017 to research and put into action peyote conservation within Wixarika communities. Its co-founders, Lisbeth Bonilla and Pedro Nájera present the interdisciplinary and intercultural approach this project has toward finding a solution to peyote’s endangered status.

A New Supreme Court RFRA Ruling May Be a Boon to Psychedelic Religions

The Supreme Court’s December 2020 ruling in Tanzin v. Tanvir has several lessons for psychedelic religions, as well as the promise that they have a path to compensation for discrimination at the hand of federal officials. Psychedelics law expert Gary Smith explains the ruling and its potential opportunity for expanded recognition of psychedelic religious liberty.

Press Release: The Wixárika Regional Council for the Defense of Wirikuta neither recognizes the Valadez family nor Decriminalize Nature

DECEMBER 8, 2020, COLOTLÁN, JALISCO. TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN The Wixárika Regional Council for the Defense...


Love and Psychedelic Psychotherapy: Bridging the Divide

There is incredible potential for the psychedelic renaissance to rehabilitate and revitalize the concept of love in psychotherapy and in our culture more broadly. Studying the emergence of love in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapies, from medicine-induced experiences of love, to the importance of the felt sense of love between therapist and client, is a means of bridging the divide between the discourse of therapy and the experience of this powerful healing energy.

Expanded States of Consciousness for Healing and Growth

Through our healing process, expanded states can teach us to have compassion and love for...

Psychedelic Leadership Community Build at Psychedelic Liberty Summit

The psychedelic space is going through one of the most impressive and daunting growth spurts...

Children and Psychedelics: Using Indigenous Wisdom to Examine Western Paradigms

For Westerners, the topic of children and psychedelics is a near-untouchable one, mired in taboo...

Traveling Without Moving During COVID-19 Lockdown

Some people have been taking this time in isolation and the slowing down of day-to-day...


Remembering an Ayahuasca Hero: Domingos Bernardo (1941-2020)

On August 17, 2020, Domingos Bernardo Gialluisi da Silva Sá moved on to the spiritual...

Tribute to Dr. Domingos Bernardo, the Legal Expert who Fought for the Liberation of Ayahuasca in Brazil (1941-2020)

https://youtu.be/WQShK9fij8c At 9 a.m. on August 17, 2020, the ayahuasca community said goodbye to one of...
two heads and a heart

Urgency of Community Aid in the Mental Health Crisis

Pema Sheth is a shamanic practitioner who offers healing circles in Oakland to heal ailments...

Urgent Action Needed: COVID-19 Pandemic Devastating Amazonia

Dear friends and colleagues, I am asking for help, urgently, with this letter. It has three parts: (1) background,...

Press Release: Psychedelic Liberty Summit 2020

April 25-26, 2020 70+ psychedelic visionaries, researchers, healers, veterans and Indigenous knowledge holders will present...



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