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An article by Lebert Lester III, B.A., and Michael Crawford, M.A..

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Psychedelic research is noticeably lacking both participants of color and researchers of color, and “objective” thought patterns are the cause. Clinical research is intended to offer an objective window into new knowledge needed to improve the human condition. Then, when we believe we have learned something worth sharing, we generalize these discoveries to all those who were unable to…


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An article by Francoise Bourzat who is trained in Somatic psychology, has been mentored in the Mexican Mazatec tradition of the sacred mushrooms and has been sharing her approach internationally for 30 years.

When I first sat down with my teacher Julieta in Huautla de Jiménez in Mexico, after having explored entheogens for some time in various sets and settings before, I knew right away…


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An article by Rebekah Senanayake who is a Psychology and Anthropology major. She is interested in preserving indigenous ceremonial practices, protecting plant medicines and the marriage between psychology and spirituality.

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 realize I had been sexually assaulted by a shaman until a few years after the incident. His manipulation brainwashed me, and for years I normalized his behavior, continuing to recommend his services to others. Like many women, I was coerced into sexual acts by an…


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This unique forum aimed to challenge the effects of the under-representation of women in psychedelic science and community. Among the fifteen women presenting are some of our most esteemed elders; the forum features prominent voices from both the psychedelic underground and academic researchers.

00:00–06:20 Bia Labate — Introduction to the Women and Psychedelics Forum

06:20–11:00 Emily Sinclair — Launching of the Ayahuasca Community Guide to Preventing Sexual Abuse

11:10–19:24 Sarah Scheld — Statement MAPS Public Benefit Corporation Commitment to Ethics and Ethical Touch

20:14–59:50 Kathleen Harrison — Feminism, The Feminine, and Psychedelics: The Past 50 years

00:00–02:40 Bia…


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An article by Dr. Adele Lafrance who is an Associate Professor at Laurentian University and Clinical Psychologist and Dr. Tanya Maté is the Integration Director with the Temple of the Way of Light.

Integration is a hot topic among ayahuasca circles, and for good reason. Integration can involve emotional and spiritual support before and after ayahuasca use, as well as support to understand and incorporate teachings into day-to-day life. Both the person’s capacity for integration of the ayahuasca experience and the support for such integration can have an important influence on outcomes (1). For example, the integration process can heighten…


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An article by Kathleen Harrison, M.A., who is an ethnobotanist who teaches about plants and fungi, especially ritual and mythical relationships with nature. She co-founded Botanical Dimensions in 1985, with Terence McKenna. www.botanicaldimensions.org

Homo sapiens, and all the Homo species that preceded us, or cohabited with us for a part of our history, are in fact far younger than are the plants that we embrace. The Cannabaceae is the old family that includes the several Cannabis species (C. sativa, C. indica, and C. ruderalis) and their cousin, also our dear friend, hops (Humulus lupulus). The origins of this plant family…


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An article by Dr. Michelle Corbin who is a feminist sociologist whose research on psychedelic sciences is grounded in feminist sociology of knowledge and feminist science studies. Dr. Corbin’s research examines the intersecting politics of race, class, gender, and sexuality within psychedelic sciences and communities.

During the Women and Psychedelics Forum, sponsored by the Chacruna Institute, a white woman panelist twice used the “n-word” while answering a question about white women’s racism from the public, and none of the white women in the panel challenged the use of this racist…


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An article by Matt “River” Baldwin, MFT, who is a psychotherapist and musician living in San Francisco. He is a graduate of the Psychedelic Assisted Psychotherapies and Research Program at CIIS and writes about music for Chacruna.

I was introduced to Eric Sienknecht last summer while we were at the Beyond Psychedelics conference in Prague. Eric is a psychologist and the co-founder of Polaris Insight, a clinic in San Francisco that offers ketamine-assisted psychotherapy for the treatment of various mental health conditions. Both of us were in Prague to give talks on environmental factors in psychedelic psychotherapy, and a mutual…


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An article by Jason Butler, Ph.D., who is a core faculty member in the Holistic Counseling Psychology program at John F. Kennedy University and a licensed Psychologist practicing in Oakland. Jason is passionate about providing opportunities for expanding accessibility to holistic healing modalities and Genesee Herzberg, PsyD, who is a psychologist in Berkeley, co-founder of Sage Integrative Health, and therapist for the MAPS Phase 3 MDMA-assisted therapy for PTSD trials.

The lack of racial diversity is a strong indication that the burgeoning field of psychedelic medicine is recapitulating the same systemic problems around accessibility and diversity that have long plagued…

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