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:

Building Bridges: Queering Psychedelics Two Years Later

Featuring Gregory Wells, Mark DiFilippo and Kufikiri Imara

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021 12-1:30pm PST

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...


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.

Ayahuasca, Healing and Cognitive Justice

In the first part of this series on the Epistemics of Ayahuasca, Medical Anthropologist Adam Aronovich presents insights based on his long term qualitative research in the rainforest, framing them within ways of being and knowing prevalent amongst amazonian amerindian groups and the ongoing eradication of non-hegemonic epistemologies by the dominant culture.

Coronavirus and Evolving Ceremonial Practice Among Ayahuasca Practitioners in the US

Jasmine Virdi explores how ayahuasca facilitators have adapted and changed their practices and ceremonial protocols to meet the challenges that have emerged as a result of the global coronavirus pandemic.

How Did Ayahuasca, Indigenous Diversity and Conservation Become Commodities in the Amazon?

In this article, anthropologist Alhena Caicedo analyzes how the moral imperative of celebrating cultural diversity and conserving nature in the Amazon have also become a tool for renewing certain stereotypes about indigenous peoples and updating colonial power relations and economic and political interventions. She argues that understanding what is said and done in the name of ayahuasca, indigenous people and Amazon conservation helps us recognize and render visible the political and economic implications of the current global phenomenon of ayahuasca expansion.


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.

Remembering Dr. Jordi Riba, Ayahuasca Research Pioneer (1968–2020)

On August 14, 2020, the world bid farewell to scientific pioneer, Dr. Jordi Riba. The...


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...

Why California’s Future Psychedelics Legislation Should Start with Decriminalization of All Drugs

In the 2020 election, we have witnessed major drug policy reform happen in states like Oregon which has voted in a psilocybin therapy model and broad drug decriminalization. What should Californian constituents consider for the future of psychedelic legislation? Ariel Clark argues that psychedelic legislation should begin with decriminalizing all drugs.

Social Justice Means Decriminalizing All Drugs, Not Just Psychedelics

This article talks about the prevalence of psychedelic exceptionalism in activism groups, the need to decriminalize all drugs for social justice, and the benefits of implementing risk reduction practices in communities.

DEA and the Religious Exemption: A Fox Guarding the Henhouse

https://youtu.be/e1M_YFChzOA A Critique of the DEA’s Authority over the Ceremonial Use of Controlled Substances The plaintiffs’ organizations...


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...

Expanded Access to the Art of Integration

As we create a world of expanded access to sacred medicine, we must also expand...


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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