Temple of the way of light

How Indigenous Youths in Peru are Being Initiated in Western Ayahuasca...

As the evening fell dark, I saw 4 young indigenous students enter the round maloka ceremony space at the Temple of the Way of...
Drinking Peyote

Racist Thinking Still Shapes How We Understand Peyote Drinking

Human beings have sought out the sensory experiences associated with psychedelic drugs for millennia. On every continent and in every setting, they have sought...
Sacred Peyote

How My Elder’s Sacred Peyote is Disappearing

In my childhood home, the word “medicine” is how we referred to peyote (Lophophora williamsii). This medicine was stored in various forms, but mainly...
Cannabis treatment

How Cannabis and Other “Drugs” Can be Gateways to a Better...

“Proud to be drug free,” “Red Ribbon Week,” “Just Say No,” “Users are Losers”… there was no absence of anti-drug messaging surrounding my youth...
Maria Sabina

Undiscovering Huautla: City of the Magic Mushrooms

As far as the rest of the world is concerned, Huautla de Jimenez and the Sierra Mazateca were “discovered” in 1955, when the American...
ayahuasca Guarani Indians

When I First Drank Ayahuasca with the Guarani Indians of Brazil

“Talk little”; “Don’t ask questions”; “Don’t talk at all.” This was the kind of recommendation I heard from my anthropologist friends before going on...
Psychedelic Plant Medicines

Meet The Pioneers of Psychedelic Plant Medicine Research

I am excited to invite you all to come join us at Psychedelic Science 2017, a conference co-hosted by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic...
ayahuasca veterans

When I Drank Ayahuasca With American War Veterans

I grew up as teenager in the ‘80s in Brazil, listening to Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, smoking pot, and, like so many worldwide, distrusting...
ayahuasca culture jeremy narby

Is Ayahuasca an Antidote to Modern Life?

In 1995 I published a book called The Cosmic Serpent that dealt with ayahuasca and other subjects. The enthusiasm of many readers took me...
Terence Mckenna first time DMT

When Terence McKenna First Smoked DMT

When in 1967, aged sixteen, Dennis visited his older brother in Berkeley, California, Terence stated that he knew what the philosopher’s stone was. “It’s...


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