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Psychedelic Justice: On Gender, Diversity, Sustainability, Reciprocity, and Cultural Appropriation

Edited by Beatriz Caiuby Labate and Clancy Cavnar

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 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.


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Beatriz Caiuby Labate

Dr. Beatriz Caiuby Labate (Bia Labate) is a queer Brazilian anthropologist based in San Francisco. She has a Ph.D. in social anthropology from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil. Her main areas of interest are the study of plant medicines, drug policy, shamanism, ritual, religion and social justice. She is Executive Director of the Chacruna Institute for Psychedelic Plant Medicines (, She is Public Education and Culture Specialist at the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), and Adjunct Faculty at the East-West Psychology Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). She is also co-founder of the Interdisciplinary Group for Psychoactive Studies (NEIP) in Brazil. She is author, co-author, and co-editor of twenty-two books, two special-edition journals, and several peer-reviewed articles.

Clancy Cavnar

Clancy Cavnar has a doctorate in clinical psychology (Psy.D.) from John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, CA. She currently works in private practice in San Francisco, and is Co-Founder and a member of the Board of Directors of the Chacruna Institute for Psychedelic Plant Medicines. She is also a research associate of the Interdisciplinary Group for Psychoactive Studies (NEIP). She combines an eclectic array of interests and activities as clinical psychologist, artist, and researcher. She has a master of fine arts in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute, a master’s in counseling from San Francisco State University, and she completed the Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy program at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). She is author and co-author of articles in several peer-reviewed journals and co-editor, with Beatriz Caiuby Labate, of eight books. For more information see:



Topics covered in this collection include: indigenous perspectives on colonialism and cultural appropriation (“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.

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Weight 1.5 lbs
Dimensions 9 × 6 × 1 in

Paperback, eBook

Pages 305

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