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Can Psychedelics Reveal Memories of Sexual Abuse?

Cases in which psychedelics reveal lost “memories” or feeling states related to sexual abuse have been some of the most challenging for both clients...

Survey on the Awareness of Sexual Abuse in Ayahuasca Settings

Welcome to the Survey on the Chacruna Institute for Psychedelic Plant Medicine's Guidelines for the Awareness of Sexual Abuse in Ayahuasca Settings. We appreciate...

How I Lived Twelve Years in a Colombian Ayahuasca Cult Led...

On May 13, 2019, the court of Guaduas in Cundinamarca, Colombia, pronounced the guilty verdict against the supposed “taita” and connoisseur of “yajé,” Edgar Orlando Gaitán Camacho,...

Psychedelic Masculinities: Reflections on Power, Violence and Privilege

I do not think it's naïve to say that psychedelic substances have helped to build masculinities that are more sensitive to our environment and...

Ayahuasca Community Guide for the Awareness of Sexual Abuse

One of the first obstacles we face in attempting to address sexual abuse in the ayahuasca community is the quite widespread disbelief that sexual...

Psychedelics, Sex, and Consent: A Brief History

When I started university 34 years ago, I encountered numerous male professors whose personal histories included a former wife (who had typed their dissertation and first...

Our Vulnerabilities to Unethical Sexual Behavior

I first wrote The Ethics of Caring (1995, 2017) while working as a senior trainer for the Grof Transpersonal Training and simultaneously taking a traditional ethics education...

Confronting Sexual Misconduct in the Psychedelic Community: An Interview with Daniel...

Daniel Pinchbeck is a prominent American writer and public figure who catapulted to fame and celebrity status in the psychedelic scene for his books...

Sex, Power and Psychedelics Series Call for Articles

Chacruna's Sex, Power & Psychedelics series explores pervasive cultural dynamics related to sex and power as they manifest in psychedelic research, science and communities. This series features reflections and research from individuals navigating  gender, race, power and sexuality as...

Great Shamanic Deception: Using Ayahuasca as a Conduit for Sexual Fulfillment

Like many women, I was coerced into sexual acts by an ayahuasca “healer” through a carefully constructed series of manipulations and “spiritual” justifications. I didn’t...