How Should Plant Medicines Be Regulated?

While many of us in the psychedelic community are clear that plant medicines shouldn’t be criminalized, there is less agreement regarding what might replace...

Peyote in the United States: Prisoner of War as the War...

Peyote (Lophophora williamsii) is a small cactus of the Chihuahuan Desert that has a history of human use dating back at least 6,000 year....

Why Are Some Drugs Legal, and Others Illegal?

When Spaniards first arrived in the Americas, they encountered an array of mood altering substances, from tobacco, to chocolate, peyote, and ololiuqui. They debated...

Can People Really Die From Drinking Ayahuasca, as Announced in the...

The ayahuasca tourism industry has been built on and propelled by ayahuasca’s increasing popularity as a spiritual and healing medicine worldwide. Despite thousands of...
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Is Ayahuasca Really Disappearing?

At the April 2017 Psychedelic Science Conference in Oakland, I heard more than a few attendees speaking in grim tones about the depletion of...
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Like it or Not, the Psychedelic Renaissance Will be Televised

When we began our pilot study of MDMA-assisted therapy for social anxiety in autistic adults, my biggest fear was that, in desperation to make...
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7 Best Practices for Ayahuasca Legal Harm Reduction

We are at a unique juncture in the emergence of ayahuasca into global culture. It seems its use is growing, especially throughout the USA,...
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How Our Santo Daime Church Received Religious Exemption to Use Ayahuasca...

The Journey In June 2017, after 17 years of working with the Canadian government, the Santo Daime Church, Céu do Montréal, Eclectic Center of the...
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Beyond Set and Setting: A New Understanding of Psychedelics & Healing

The concept of “set and setting” has been a guiding principle of psychedelic researchers, therapists, and explorers since it was first outlined by Timothy...
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Ayahuasca Propaganda and Society’s Addiction to Moral Panic

Public opinion matters; and, when it comes to mind-altering substances such as the Amazonian shamanic brew ayahuasca, moral panic matters. The “drugs” that act...
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