Toward a Diverse and Equitable Psychedelic Culture
Radical, cultural transformation is the guiding force behind this socially visionary anthology. Its unifying value is social justice. It guides us in cultivating a psychedelic renaissance that represents everyone, honors voices that have been suppressed for too long, and envisions a more beautiful tomorrow through a psychedelic lens. The anthology highlights Chacruna’s ongoing work promoting diversity and inclusion by prominently featuring voices that have been long marginalized in Western psychedelic culture: women, queer people, people of color, and indigenous people. The essays proposed examine both historical and current issues within psychedelics that many may not know about. The essays examine both historical and current issues within psychedelics that many may not know about, and orient around policy, reciprocity, diversity and inclusion, sex and power, colonialism, and indigenous concerns. We believe the book can be another tool to help Chacruna and its allies continue to push for justice and inclusion in the greater psychedelic culture. Topics covered in this collection include: indigenous perspectives on colonialism and cultural approriation (“Mazatec Perspectives on the Globalization of Psilocybin Mushrooms,” by Rosalia Acosta Lopez, Inti Garcia Flores, Sara Pina Alcantara, “Cultural Appropriation & Misuse of Ancestral Yage Medicine by UMIYAC), masculinity and sexual abuse in psychedelic communities (“What Could a Conscious, Psychedelic #metoo Look Like?” By Britta Love, “Psychedelic Masculinities” by Gabriel Amezcua, “Ayahuasca Community Guide for the Awareness of Sexual Abuse’ by Emily Sinclair, Bia Labate), psychedelics and capitalism (“Capitalism on Psychedelics” by Erik Davis, “Profitdelic: A New Psychedelic Conference Trend” By Ashleigh Murphy-Beiner), the medicalization of psychedelics (“What Do Psychedelic Medicine Companies Owe to the Community?’ By Matthew Baggot), diversity & inclusion within the psychedelic community (“Why Psychedelic Science Should Pay Speakers and Trainers of Color” by NiCole Buchanan, “Historian Explains How Women Have Been Excluded from the Field of Psychedelic Science’ by Erica Dyck ), sustainability of peyote (“A Word In Edgewise about the Sustainability of Peyote” by Anya Ermakova and Martin Terry), policy and harm reduction (“Beyond Prohibition of Plant Medicines” by Charlotte Walsh, “It’s Time for the Psychedelic Renaissance to Join the Harm Reduction Movement” by Geoff Bathje, Vilmarie Fraguada Narloch, Joseph Rhea) the queerness of psychedelics (“Psychedelics are Queer, Just Saying” by Bett Williams, “Can Psychedelics “Cure” Gay People?’ By Clancy Cavnar), the experiences of BIPOC with psychedelics (“Why Black People Should Embrace Psychedelic Healing” by Monnica Williams), and how psychedelics can activate change (“The Revolution Will Not Be Psychologized: Psychedelics’ Potential for Systemic Change” by Bill Brennan). We believe the book will be another tool to help Chacruna and its allies continue to push for justice and inclusion in the greater psychedelic culture.