Chacruna, an organization led by Brazilian anthropologist Dr. Bia Labate, is based in Northern California, with ties to Brazil and Mexico. Chacruna produces high-quality anthropological research on plant medicines and helps propagate academic knowledge in more accessible formats. We hope to educate the public and create cultural understanding and legitimacy regarding these substances. We believe that, without proper historical context and cultural frameworks around plant medicines, they will continue to be stigmatized and outlawed. Chacruna also promotes a bridge between the world of plant medicines and the emergent field of psychedelic science, between “traditional ceremonial use” and clinical and therapeutic settings. It brings the knowledge and perspectives of the social sciences to practitioners of psychedelic-assisted therapy.

Chacruna fosters cultural and political reflections on the field of psychedelic science and aims to include the voices of women, queer peopleindigenous people, people of colorand the global South in the global debates about plant medicines and psychedelics. Chacruna’s publications, website, and events stimulate critical thinking and include conversations about controversial topics that have been simmering on the sidelines as psychedelics go mainstream, such as access, inclusion, diversity, cultural appropriation, conservation, regulation, and implications of the emergent commodification of psychedelics.

Our team works on multiple fronts: (1) publication of original academic research; (2) curation of a popular specialized website with sessions on science, culture, spirituality, policy, integration and news; strong social media presence (+40K followers); (3) organization of conferences and events; (4) production of original video content with short web series, live-streamed interviews, and educational materials; (5) creation of networks and communication among researchers; (6) promotion of courses and trainings; (7) community support related to problematic plant medicine practitioners; (8) promotion of the inclusion of advocacy against criminalization of plant medicines in the larger drug policy reform movement; (9) support for legal cases involving sacred plants; (10) collaboration with peyote conservation initiatives in Mexico and the US; (11) hosting a psychedelic therapy music forum for psychedelic therapists and researchers; (12) promotion of educational retreats for psychedelic therapists with ayahuasca in Central America.

We hope to create a global community aware of the challenges of the expansion, legalization, and globalization of plant medicines and psychedelics. We envision a world were plant medicines and psychedelics are preserved, protected, and valued as part of our cultural identity. We are in the process of forming a non-profit organization; MAPS is our fiscal sponsor. We accept donations and are open to volunteers.

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On Treading Lightly Through the Lion’s Den: The Path to Psychedelic...

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Press Release – Sacred Plants Forum: Uses and Norms

Chacruna, the Drugs, Politics and Culture Collective, and Western-CIESAS have...

Introducing Chacruna’s Psychedelic Therapy Music Forum

A Playlist for Psilocybin Psychedelic work almost...

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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...



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...



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...


American Psychological Association Press Release: Can Psychedelic Drugs Heal?

Contact: Kaitlin Luna(202) 336-5706(415)...

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...

Los Angeles Psychedelic Science Symposium (LAPSS)

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

Plantas Sagradas en Las Américas Conference Videos | Ajijic, Mexico 2018

Plantas Sagradas en Las Américas Conference Videos | Ajijic, Mexico 2018

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Help support Chacruna's team by being a sponsor is a hub for producing and disseminating high-quality multimedia content about plant medicines and psychedelics, facilitating access to these resources online. The website's central objective is to offer content created and curated by leading experts in the field, edited to a wider audience. The field of psychedelics is filled with misinformation, anecdotal narratives, poorly trained professionals and enthusiasts with no field experience, leading discussions with large audiences of novices to the subject.

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