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Psychedelic Justice: Toward a Diverse and Equitable Psychedelic Culture

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.

Psychedelic Justice 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.

“Labate and Cavnar have done it again: an excellent, timely anthology that addresses crucial issues in the psychedelic community of social equity, the globalization of psychedelic substances and culture, and our shared responsibility to prevent the extinction of these plants and animals.” ─Julie Holland, MD author, Good Chemistry: The Science of Connection, from Soul to Psychedelics. (Harper Wave, 2020)

Psychedelic Justice is an inspiring and important collection of essays that ask the hard questions the psychedelic community needs to grapple with to move forward with integrity.” ─Michelle Janikian, author of Your Psilocybin Mushroom Companion

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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 a 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 the author and co-author of articles in several peer-reviewed journals and co-editor, with Beatriz Caiuby Labate, of ten 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


“This volume should be necessary reading for anyone interested in psychedelics or is in some way part of the so-called psychedelic renaissance. It brings together diverse voices that do a marvelous job highlighting the difficult conversations within the community. Read with an open mind and prepare to be humbled.” —Evgenia Fotiou, Ph.D., Cultural Anthropologist

“For those at the crest of the wave, the once illicit, now burgeoning emergent field of psychedelic research and treatments, offers immense and rich possibilities. Who is included, who has safe access, who has the power and privilege of participating, dispensing, and using psychedelics, are crucial issues and questions that must be brought to the fore. For People of the Global Majority, POC, BIPOC, and Queer communities, wondering where you fit in, in the field of psychedelics, and for all others who care about social justice in healing, the dynamic and diverse voices presented in the beautifully written, Chacruna Anthology, Psychedelic Justice, provide a vitally important, cultural and historical resource that passionately and thoughtfully explores these issues.” —Licia Sky, Co-founder and CEO of the Trauma Research Foundation

“A powerful and thought provoking collection of essays that confront our colonial and patriarchal collective shadow. Deeply informative and challenging, the way thinking ought to be these days, as we are taking giant leaps towards psychedelic mainstreaming.” —Maria Papaspyrou, co-editor of Psychedelics and Psychotherapy: The Healing Potential of Expanded States and Psychedelic Mysteries of the Feminine

“For those interested in capturing critical issues too often ignored, this volume confronts head-on a a plethora of themes that pivot around discrimination, exploitation and extraction both surrounding and within psychedelic encounters. A must-read for experts, students, and aficionados.” —Daniela Peluso, Emeritus Fellow, University of Kent (UK)

“Questions about whether and how psychedelics can lead to a better world have abounded for decades in the West, but it’s notoriously hard to translate profound psychedelic experiences of unity, transcendence, and love into values-driven action in our everyday consensus reality. Dr. Labate and Dr. Cavnar’s new edited book Psychedelic Justice highlights many of the challenges we face in navigating diversity, equity, access, and ethics in this current psychedelic renaissance. These are not easy topics, but by addressing spiritual bypassing and engaging in mutually respectful dialogue, we can raise voices that too often are silenced. There’s enough room for all of us to be included—in fact, it benefits everyone to ensure that’s so.” —Kile Ortigo, PhD, author of Beyond the Narrow Life: A Guide for Psychedelic Integration and Existential Exploration

“The imminent age of corporate psychedelia is upon us, and Therapy has been well established as the de-facto religion of neoliberal, secular individualism. Psychedelics and plant medicines, once lauded for their unmatched capacity to bring people together in an ecstatic sense of communitas, are now another sanctioned Technology of the Self at the service of the modern Individual. It is at the margins of medicalization and instrumentalization, however, that the real power and magic of these tools and allies resides. This book amplifies the voices of those who remember that real healing, like real justice, is always relational; nobody can be truly happy and healthy unless we are all happy and healthy.” —Adam Andros Aronovich, Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology and Communications, and Director of therapy and integration at Rē precision health

“From the personal to the political and the anecdotal to the academic, Psychedelic Justice amplifies diverse and singular voices providing much needed perspectives at a mission critical moment in the field. For anyone whose values include engaging the question of how psychedelics can best be integrated into society in ways that engender healing for all people, Psychedelic Justice is an essential stop on our collective journey.” —Kat Conour, LMFT, Founder, Auryn Project

“We live in harrowing times; we face a growing list of worldwide inequities and a seemingly shrinking list of effective strategies to save us from ourselves. But Dr. Labate and Dr. Cavnar aren’t ready to give up. Psychedelic Justice, is an expansive collection of essays from a diverse group of brilliant minds that give hope that psychedelics can create a shared consciousness. Psychedelic Justice’s breadth of data, perspective and ideas will challenge you, humble you, and inspire you to be a positive force in shaping a world where psychedelics belong to all.” —Steven Huang, Founder of Millennial HR Design: Diversity and Psychedelics Consulting

“Finally I can see myself, my ancestors, my children reflected in a text about psychedelics! This is a necessary book for anyone in the field to add to their scholarly collection, particularly Black and Brown folx in the psychedelic space who find themselves often missing from the pages of popular publications about “the psychedelic renaissance. Thanks to Chacruna for this offering, a full picture of what these times and these medicines mean for all of us and so beautifully capturing these “missing voices” by giving them a platform to speak with this collection.” —Courtney Watson, LMFT, Owner of Doorway Therapeutic Services

“Sharp, original, and insightful! Psychedelic Justice presents a series of unique and informed perspectives that are truly engaged with cultural diversity and reciprocity. Every chapter is a breath of fresh air that embraces an astonishing journey in the psychedelic landscape.” ─Osiris González, Postdoc researcher in cognitive freedom and psychedelic humanities

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