Chacruna Institute for Psychedelic Plant Medicines


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.

Academic Research

Production of original academic research on psychedelic plant medicines.

Ayahuasca Community Committee

Raising awareness about key issues and promoting positive action. 

Women, Gender Diversity, and Sexual Minorities Working Group

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


Providing public education and making academic knowledge more acessible.


Radical Risk Reduction For Event And Community Organizers

The #MeToo civil rights movement is creating an opportunity for...

High Dose of Psilocybin in a HIV+ Homeless Shelter

I will share a bit of my own story, of...

Can Psychedelics “Cure” Gay People?

one early use of psychedelics by psychologists was in attempts...

The Island: Recovering Self, Culture and Place through Plant Medicine

I am a US Citizen of Puerto Rican descent, and...




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...




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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