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:

Psychedelics & Native American Heritage Month

Featuring Sutton King in conversation with Bia Labate

Wednesday, November 25th from 12-1:30pm PST

Ayahuasca, Richard Schultes and Biodiversity Conservation

Featuring Mark J. Plotkin, Ph.D

Wednesday, December 2nd from 12pm-1:30pm PST

Sacred Plants in the Americas 2

Sacred Plants in the Americas II

Global Virtual Psychedelic Summit

April 23rd-25th, 2021



Coronavirus, Ayahuasca, and Indigenous Resilience

Jasmine Virdi explores how coronavirus has impacted the ayahuasca drinking indigenous groups of the Amazon basin, taking a look at the broader implications of coronavirus for Amazonian peoples such as the loss of elders, the threat of genocide, the return to traditional plant medicine, and the vital importance of reciprocity.

Growing Up with Sacred Plants

Diana Negrín, Ph.D, reflects on growing up in Guadalajara and listening in to her father, Juan Negrín, pioneer researcher of the Wixarika culture, in conversation about the intersection between Western and Indigenous scientific knowledge with friends from the California psychedelic community like Sasha Shulgin.

A Nurse’s Call for Keeping the Human in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy

Imagine a dystopian future where the United States is in its fourth year of the pandemic, Trump is “America’s CEO” for life, and you can receive MDMA-assisted psychotherapy from an app called “Freedomly”. So we can avoid this potential future, Andrew Penn emphasizes the importance of having psychedelic therapists and nurses for patient’s healing journeys.


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.


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.

Cannabis and Psychedelics: Vote and Change the Laws!

Public initiative or legislative action? Attorney Gary Smith explores legal paths for psychedelics, using cannabis as a model.

The Promises and Perils of Mainstreaming Psychedelics

A Conversation with Rick Doblin and Natalie Ginsberg of MAPS





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