Shamans Are Going to Jail for Ayahuasca Possession

Since 2022, nine shamans have been arrested for possessing ayahuasca, sparking debate on its classification as a drug and the necessity of legal religious protections.

Encyclopedia of the Amazon

Matsés land covers 3,800 square miles of the Amazon. That's over a trillion sq ft of jungle and more than 1,000 medicinal plants they live in relationship with. And now, the knowledge of the land is documented in an encyclopedia.

Lessons From the Coca Plant

How a humble green leaf changed once it became a powder and turned into a global party phenomenon.

Spanish Police Bust Ayahuasca Syndicate for Unspecified Sex Crimes and Workers’ Rights Violations

Inner Mastery International’s founder, Alverto Varela, died before he was able to face trial following a crackdown on his retreat empire.

Navajo Nation Decries Funerals on the Moon

These private companies sent cremated human remains to the moon. Navajo Nation spoke up. "We’re turning the moon into a graveyard, and we’re turning it into a waste site.”

Exploring the Cultural and Healing Traditions of the Huni Kuin

The Huni Kuin people of the Brazilian Amazon are dedicated to preserving—and sharing—their culture for one main reason: Spreading the messages of the rainforest.

“Anonymous Curanderas” Are Helping Women in Their Community Address Trauma From Domestic Violence 

Domestic violence is rampant in Mexico—and disproportionately impacts indigenous women. These Mazatec curanderas are quietly working to address that.

Traditional Healers Are Growing Old Without Successors

In Northeast Poland, they're called Whisperers. Will their traditions become a lost art?

Leonardo Carrato’s Photographs of An Indigenous “Reformatory” Remind Us Of Brazil’s Oppressive Past—and Present

These intimate and eerie images bring light to a history too often ignored, and the people who remember

Asians Have Been Largely Excluded from Psychedelics—Here’s Why That Needs to Change

Despite a rich history of spiritual and plant medicine traditions in Asia, there’s been little consideration for Asians within the psychedelic movement

Most Iboga Is Poached Illegally, Gabonese Forests and People are Paying the Price

Amid the growing popularity of ibogaine for opioid use disorder, the iboga plant is being overharvested and sold illegally online

There are More Spaces Than Ever for Queer Folks to Do Psychedelics—Here’s a Few

From ayahuasca retreats to integration circles, there’s a growing number of LGBTQIA+ psychedelic offerings—but cost and access remain barriers

Shane Norte Hosts 12-Gram Mushroom Ceremonies on La Jolla Reservation Land

He's welcomed dozens to his family's space, including many veterans, for free

 Why the “Psychedelic Renaissance” is just Colonialism by Another Name

A new psychedelic renaissance that remains grounded in colonial habits risks replicating historic and systemic harms and injustices

Native American Church Asks Congress for Peyote Funding

The sacred psychedelic cactus faces threats of habitat loss and over-harvesting. The Church wants more protections.

What Made María Sabina Unique

We know her as the woman who gave foreigners mushrooms, but that story is incomplete

This Psychedelic Company is Leading the Way on Reciprocity and Holistic Approaches to Healing

From immersive music experiences to cultural competency trainings, Numinus is reimagining the future of psychedelic healthcare.

Muslims on Drugs: Psychedelics, Queerness, and Identity in the Post-9/11 Era

As a young queer Muslim using drugs, I struggled to reconcile all the parts of myself—until I realized where they unite and what they illuminate about our times.

The Peyote Plot: The Indigenous Fight to Conserve the Sacred Plant and the Spiritual Medicine it Contains

Peyote conservation and decriminalization efforts have been a hot topic in the psychedelic space. Here’s why.

How the Shipibo Came to Be the Most Common Group Serving Ayahuasca to Foreigners

Modern ayahuasca ceremonies draw from the wisdom of Amazonian cultures, Shipibo culture in particular. So why isn't this common knowledge?

40 under 40 Outstanding BIPOC leaders in Drug Policy

This cadre of BIPOC talent is made to highlight the full spectrum of expertise available for those who are truly committed to transformational change.

Mining and Poaching Threatens 15,000-Year-Old Peyote Tradition in Mexico

The Wixárika people of Mexico struggle to continue their sacred pilgrimage to gather peyote amid extractive forces.

Psychedelics Could Become Extractive Capitalism—Unless We Hold Stakeholders Accountable

Reciprocity with Indigenous stewards of plant medicine is one way to start.

6 Ways the Psychedelic Space Can Divest From Whiteness

How to heal our communities, work in reverence to these sacred medicines without perpetuating systemic harms, and leave more than what we came with for generations to come.

Ibogaine and Iboga: Traditional Use, Conservation, and Ethical Considerations

Ibogaine expert and advocate tells all—from ethical sourcing to safety guidelines, and how to vet a medicine provider.

How a Queer Worldview Led Me Back to My Psychedelic Ukrainian Roots

Troubled by the common phenomenon of white people appropriating Indigenous traditions in the psychedelic space, this author rediscovered the folklore of her own ancestral lineage.

Breaking Us Down: Why ‘Self-Care’ is a Paradox for Black People in America

How the loneliness and grief of the COVID crisis add layers to the undertaking of 'self-care'

Keepers of the Matrix: A Beginner’s Guide to Understanding Sacred Cacti

Mushrooms are en vogue, but what about the droves of psychedelic cacti?

Black People Trip: Meet the Woman Creating Black Psychedelic Community

A conversation on Blackness, what constitutes a trip guide, the meaning of Black History Month, and more.

What Growing My Own Mushrooms Taught Me About BIPOC Healing in Today’s America

Growing a batch of magic mushrooms for my own therapeutic and spiritual growth is the latest step in my long journey of mental health healing.

How Anti-Racism is a Form of Psychedelic Harm Reduction

Psychedelics don't inherently make us more just—we must work at it, together.

New Law Threatens to Gut the Brazilian Amazon

Brazil's Congress is about to vote on a policy that would legalize mining and other industries in the rainforest, whilst denying indigenous people the right to object.

Where Witchcraft Meets Plant Medicine

How witches from ancient Greece to Gaeilge used plant medicine for sorcery, prophecy, and divine connection.

The Sacred Cacao Ceremony: Is it Healing or Culturally Appropriative?

With cacao ceremonies on the rise, who has the right to access this plant medicine, and what do we owe to the plant's cultural heritage?

How Psychedelics Help with Gender Identity and Transition

A mushroom trip was the major tipping point leading Ivy to "meet" her true self, and deciding to come out to the world.

How the Psychedelic Movement Can Support Black Lives Matter

The principle of psychedelic intersectionality demands we use these medicines as a jumping off point to further justice within the psychedelic community, and beyond.

75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice

"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor" — Desmond Tutu

Psychedelic Studies Have Marginalized LGBTQI+ Communities for Years—These Researchers Are Changing That

A new group of researchers are righting historical wrongs by studying how psychedelics can help gender and sexual minorities.

Native Tribes Should Have More Say in the Psychedelic Movement

At the Psychedelic Liberty Summit, many voiced concerns over land conservation, the peyote sacrament, and the role of native voices in legislative reform.

Is Good Therapy Too Inaccessible to POC?

Navigating health insurance to find a therapist is hard enough. It's even harder when you're a black woman, seeking a black female therapist.

How Psychedelics Helped This Transgender Rapper and Military Vet Unlock his Creativity

"Psychedelics allowed the veil to be lifted off my mind, the strings to be cut, and for me to be free" — NOVAGAWD DeGrate

Why More Therapists Need to Learn About Psychedelics—Now

Ten percent of Americans have tried a psychedelic—but are mainstream mental health professionals prepared to help them after their trip?

5 Women in Psychedelics You Should Know About

Badass women making waves in the psychedelic movement, from research to drug policy reform

Jewish and Transgender

The journey to authenticity means reconciling the various parts of who we are

Where are All the Queer People?

The mental health field has historically neglected the LGBTQI+ community. Psychedelic research has been no exception—until now.

MDMA for Racial Trauma

More than 80 percent of participants in psychedelic trials going back to 1993 have been white. Monnica Williams is working to change that.

The Ayahuasca Privilege

Ayahuasca may be incredibly healing—but most people can't afford it.

The Inherent Queerness of Psychedelics

Author Bett Williams' winding road to finding mushrooms—and herself.
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