Understanding the role that entheogens can play in improving our lives is a complex study of drug interactions, drug policy, enthnobotany, environmental conservation and indigenous culture and rights. We've curated and organized a number of online resources and organizations that we think are doing an excellent job of providing balanced information to the general public as well as pioneering research that shows promising results and merits deeper studies.
Many entheogens are considered to be illegal drugs in many countries, even though they may be plant-based medicines with a long history of cultural use and healing applications.
We do not encourage or condone the use of any illegal substance. However, we are completely aware that the legality or illegality of these substances has never stopped the population from engaging in the use of them. We thought it was of the utmost importance to create include in our resource page several websites that can help you make an informed personal decision on your self-medication or exploration.
If you are here it is safe to say that you may be thinking of trying an alternative drug or plant based medicine. If you are planning on or already using mind altering substances it is imperative that you become familiar with every facet of the substance you plan on ingesting or have already ingested. There are real dangers associated with many of these drugs, especially combinations of drugs that may have deadly contraindications. Many combinations have simply never been studied.
Becoming familiar with benefits and dangers of these drugs may very well save you from experiencing a psychotic episode or possibly even save your life. Mixing certain prescription drugs or even food and drinks with some psychedelics can have adverse or even fatal consequences. So, it is best to stay informed to remain safe, sane and alive. The goal of these pages is, realistic drug policy reform as well as harm reduction through education. Each group is well qualified in their respective fields.
In addition, we encourage you to explore some of the controversy around the use and study of entheogenic substances, as well as the cultures that hold visionary plant medicines to be sacred. The destruction of rainforests, the erosion of native cultures, the passing of elders with deep knowledge of plants and their healing properties are all factors that need to be urgently addressed if we hope to have continue to benefit from the wisdom of these ways.
If you would like to join in public discourse about visionary art, entheogenics, psychedelics, and interact with the different members of the transformational community, the following websites will be a great venue for you to do so. Hop over to the links down below to check the different public forums catered to the transformational community.
The Aware group aims to balance the public conversation about psychedelics, spread accurate information, and give a new face to psychedelia. The Aware Projects members know that this change can only occur through connection and relationship, one individual at a time. They are actively calling on everyone whose lives have been improved through the mindful use of psychedelics to educate themselves and become ambassadors for the psychedelic experience. They encourage everyone to show those around them that people who use psychedelics mindfully cross all social, racial, economic, and political boundaries. To learn more or read more about The Aware Project and stay connected, join their mailing list or click the link above to be instantly teleported to their website.
Ayahuasca.com is a multi-disciplinary project devoted to the Spirit Vine Ayahuasca and it’s home, the great forests of the Amazon. Ayahuasca is a medicinal tea prepared from Banisteriopsis Caapi, a jungle vine, found in the tropical regions of South America, often combined with other plants, commonly Chacruna/Rainha (Queen); Psychotria Viridis. Ayahuasca has a rich legacy of associated traditions, myths, therapies, rituals and aesthetics, spanning from the primordial roots of the indigenous tribes of South America, to diverse syncretic spiritual movements emerging across the Planet. If you are interested in learning more about Ayahuasca or Yage just click on the link above.
Bluelight is an international, online harm-reduction community, they are dedicated to reducing the harms associated with drug use by educating Individuals.
Please understand that Bluelight neither condones nor condemns the use of drugs. They recognize and accept that drug use will always exist irrespective of legal status or societal norms. While there is no truly safe way to use drugs, they understand that prohibition and abstinence are not realistic or desirable solutions for everyone, nor have they been adequate in addressing the serious public health concerns associated with drug use. To join in the discussion just click the link provided above.
DMT-NEXUS was established to raise awareness in respect to the use of entheogenic botanicals and substances by openly embracing the psychedelic community. DMT-NEXUS is an open forum that appeals to the scientific community as well as researchers, legal advocacy groups and legal counsel. DMT-NEXUS recognizes that the current illicit policies in regards to entheogens is unfounded, unconstitutional and in direct violation of fundamental human rights. It is actively seeking to publicly expound on these areas as well as organize the peaceful upheaval of the current policies of prohibition and eradicate the social stigma associated with the use of entheogens. To join in this community just click the link above.
The Lycaeum is an online community dedicated to providing honest and unbiased information about all aspects of entheogens including plants, fungi and chemicals; as well as providing a virtual meeting place for members of the online psychedelic community. This group considers psychedelic drugs to be potentially valuable teachers and allies. This is an interactive website with forums and much more. To join in the conversation please follow the link above.
Reality Sandwich is a magazine of ideas for the transformational community. Reality Sandwich cover subjects like shamanism, non-local consciousness, visionary art, alternative economics, psychedelics, permaculture, transformational festivals, meditation, democratic engagement, near death experiences, and tantra, to name but a few. Together these topics are the heart of a vibrant new transformational culture that’s addressing the social, spiritual, and ecological crises of our time. To join the crusade and join the discussion just click the link above.
Culture and Conservation:
Learn more about the different organizations that aim to protect and conserve our forests and various indigenous tribes, and find out how you can join in the movement of raising social and environmental awareness for the purpose of achieving a stable and sustainable earth for all.
Amazon Watch is a nonprofit organization founded in 1996 to protect the rainforest and advance the rights of indigenous peoples in the Amazon Basin. They partner with indigenous and environmental organizations in campaigns for human rights, corporate accountability and the preservation of the Amazon's ecological systems.
The Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving South American rainforests. This small but robust outfit occupies a unique niche among other environmental non-profits working in the tropics: ACT works hand in hand with local indigenous communities to devise and implement its conservation strategies.
The International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers represent a diverse mixture of women in prayer. Each grandmother, a leader in her community, devotes her lifetime to prayer and action. They are concerned with the unprecedented destruction of Mother Earth and the desctruction of indigenous way of life.
The Grandmothers believe that the teachings of our ancestors will light our way through an uncertain future. They look to further their vision through the realization of projects that protect our diverse cultures: lands, medicines, language, ceremonial ways of prayer and through projects that educate and nurture our children.
Mongabay aims to raise awareness about social and environmental issues related to forests and other ecosystems. Mongabay.com is the world’s most popular site for rainforest information and a well-known source of environmental news reporting and analysis as well as environmental education materials.
Mongabay’s sites draw more than 2.5 million visitors a month.
Pachamama Alliance is a global community that offers people the chance to learn, connect, engage, travel and cherish life for the purpose of creating a sustainable future that works for all.
They seek to empower indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest to preserve their lands and culture and, using insights gained from that work, to educate and inspire individuals everywhere to bring forth a thriving, just and sustainable world.
In the Upper Amazon, mestizos are the Spanish-speaking descendants of Hispanic colonizers and the indigenous peoples of the jungle. Some mestizos have migrated to Amazon towns and cities, such as Iquitos and Pucallpa; most remain in small villages, their houses perched on stilts on the shores of the rivers that are their primary means of travel. Here in the jungle, they have retained features of the Hispanic tradition, including a folk Catholicism and traditional Hispanic medicine. And they have incorporated much of the religious tradition of the Amazon, especially its healing, sorcery, shamanism, and the use of potent plant hallucinogens, including Ayahuasca.
The result is a uniquely eclectic shamanist culture that continues not only to fascinate outsiders with its brilliant visionary art but also to attract thousands of seekers each year with the promise of visionary experiences of their own.
Singing to the Plants sets forth, in accessible form, just what this shamanism is about — what happens at an Ayahuasca healing ceremony, how the apprentice shaman forms a spiritual relationship with the healing plant spirits, how sorcerers inflict the harm that the shaman heals, and the ways that plants are used in healing, love magic, and sorcery.
Survival International is the only organization that champions tribal peoples around the world. They help them defend their lives, protect their lands and determine their own futures.
Survival International's work is preventing the annihilation of tribal peoples. They give them a platform to speak to the world. They investigate atrocities and present evidence to the United Nations and other international forums. They support legal representation. They fund medical and self-help projects. They educate, research, campaign, lobby and protest. And they won’t give up until we all have a world where tribal peoples are respected and their human rights protected.
News and Information:
Discover the latest updates on entheogenic research and learn more about accurate information regarding the different psychoactives, and strengthen your understanding of its proper use and benefits.
ERIE is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the sharing of entheogenic and transpersonal knowledge in a non-hierarchical, community based format, located in the San Francisco Bay Area.
ERIE offers a platform for entheogenic research, integration and education. ERIE is not only a hub of integration information for entheogenic and transpersonal experiences, they also host peer integration circles to facilitate meaning-making and community building. They host monthly educational events including symposiums, forums, and conferences on varied topics surrounding entheogenic research and activism.
ERIE is dedicated to supporting cognitive liberty by offering a learning environment to support grassroots education and outreach on the topics of integration and entheogenic potentials. To get involved in with ERIE or to learn more about their mission just click the link provided above.
Erowid has been around since 1995 educating Individuals with an online informational platform. Their vision is a world where people treat psychoactive substances with respect and awareness; where people work together to collect and share knowledge in ways that strengthen their understanding of themselves and provide insight into the complex choices faced by individuals and societies alike. They believe that truth, accuracy and integrity in publishing information about psychoactives will lead to healthier and more balanced choices, behaviors and policies around all psychoactive medications, entheogens, herbs and recreational drugs alike. Erowids vision is to facilitate and create resources that are part of the evolution towards that goal. To learn more about Erowid just click the link provided above.
Erowid Center is the non-profit organization that has taken over the management of the Erowid.org website and EcstasyData.org. Erowid Center works to verify, reference, and build the information on Erowid.org. Initially, Erowid Center licensed the Erowid trademarks and intellectual property; but over time, all charitable Erowid projects have been transitioned to Erowid Center. To learn more about this organization and it’s subsidiaries just click the link above.
Plant Teachers is a group of doctors and researchers that are educating the public about the positive aspects and real knowledge gained through the use of entheogens. Plant Teachers are the stewards that support caretakers on the land who prevent poachers from stealing trees.
They are in collaborations with Nihue Rao to promote the development of integrative medicinal practices, utilizing multiple healing disciplines for people all over the world. Plant Teachers nor its producers, affiliates, or employees do not promote nor encourage people to use substances and plants, legal or not. They recognize that despite legality, societies still seek and use these plants. It is through education that they are saving lives. Plant Teachers plays an integral role in our society by providing a public forum for discussion of cognitive, spiritual and religious liberties.
Reset.me works diligently on providing natural therapies and medicines to enhance the mind, body and spirit. Reset is already helping to expand consciousness and is in fact spreading more love around the world. The Reset.me team is building a community that connects like minded individuals worldwide to promote the sharing of knowledge and experiences. To join in the discussion and to Reset your mind and your life be sure to click the link above.
The definitive source for accurate information about magic mushrooms. The Shroomery provides people with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about what they are putting into their bodies. By visiting The Shroomery you can learn about the effects of psychedelic mushrooms and even acquire mushroom recipes or browse through their galleries and hang out in the mushroom community which they have helped to establish. The Shroomery invites everyone to contact them with any comments, suggestions or criticism. To join the discussion today just click on the link above.
Psychedelics have been demonized by society for too many years. Because of the irresponsible consumption of psychedelics in the 1960s, an entire generation lost out on the potential life-changing power of psychedelic use.
One of the focal points at The Third Wave is to inform and educate individuals about the positive benefits of psychedelic use. Third Wave aims to provide the full spectrum of facts about psychedelics so users can approach these substances with respect, reverence, and understanding.
So far, users who have microdosed with LSD and Magic Mushrooms reported improved productivity and creativity, and a propensity for higher levels of innovation.
Users have also reported more emotional balance, a higher level of resonance with life intentions, and improved focus and mood.
To learn more about psychedelics and its other benefits, visit Third Wave's website at the link above.
Drug Policy and Research:
The following websites will help you learn more about safe, responsible and therapeutic use of entheogenics, and how these organizations seek out solutions to reduce harm and misuse of different mind-altering substances.
The Ayahuasca Safety Council is a non-profit harm reduction organization promoting the safe and responsible use of the plant medicine Ayahuasca. Promoting awareness of often overlooked physical and psychological safety concerns.
The Society of Cannabis Clinicians (SCC) was formed as a project of the California Cannabis Research Medical Group (CCRMG) in the Autumn of 2004 by the member physicians of the CCRMG to aid in the promulgation of voluntary standards for clinicians engaged in the recommendation and approval of cannabis under California law (HSC §11362.5). The CCRMG was founded by Tod Mikuriya, MD in 1999, to enable doctors who have been monitoring their patients’ cannabis use to share data and observations. Their primary goals are the same as the stated goals of any reputable scientific endeavour: to bring out findings that are accurate, duplicable, and useful to the community at large. To learn more about what this organization does for the well-being of cannabis users, click on the link above.
Drugs.com is the largest, most widely visited, independent medicine information website available on the Internet. Drugs.com's aim is to be the Internet’s most trusted resource for drug and related health information. They will achieve this aim by presenting independent, objective, comprehensive and up-to-date information in a clear and concise format for both consumers and healthcare professionals.
Drugs.com is NOT an online pharmacy and does not condone the sale of prescription medicines over the Internet without a prescription. Drugs.com simply provides a free drug-information service to help you better understand how medicines work: their uses, side effects and potential to interact with other medicines. For information on purchasing prescription medicines online please visit the FDA’s Buying Prescription Medicine Online: A Consumer Safety Guide. To learn more about drugs and interactions between drugs visit Drugs.com.
The Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) is the nation’s leading organization promoting drug policies that are grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights. DPA recognizes that the war on drugs is doing more harm than good. This group works to advance policies that reduce the harms of both drug use and drug prohibition, they actively seek out solutions that promote safety while upholding the sovereignty of individuals over their own minds and bodies. They are working to ensure that our nation’s drug policies no longer arrest, incarcerate, disenfranchise and otherwise harm millions – particularly young people and people of color who are disproportionately affected by the war on drugs. To join or add to the conversation just click on the link above.
EcstasyData.org is an independent laboratory pill testing program of Erowid Center. Launched in July 2001, its purpose is to collect, manage, review, and present laboratory pill testing results. Their information is made publicly available to help harm-reduction efforts, medical personnel, and researchers. While some government agencies analyze pill contents, they choose to restrict the data they collect and make it private to law enforcement interests.
EcstasyData.org collects lab testing results from a variety of organizations, but primarily commissions its own tests conducted by Drug Detection Lab (DDL) in Sacramento. All samples submitted to EcstasyData are done so by mail. They do not have a physical, on-site analysis presence. They are also interested in helping other groups publish and manage their testing data. To find out more visit their website at the above link.
The Global Ibogaine Therapy Alliance (GITA) is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to supporting the sacramental and therapeutic uses of iboga, as well as its alkaloids and their analogs, through sustainability initiatives, scientific research, education, and advocacy.
The group at GITA is actively creating a world in which iboga and ibogaine, and their use, thrive naturally, they are currently exploring their sacramental and therapeutic potential. They are collecting data and articulating aforementioned data so that they are safely and affordably available for anyone who has a strong desire to explore, heal and grow. If you interested in learning more about iboga or ibogaine use. Please click on the link provided above.
The Heffter Research Institute promotes research of the highest scientific quality with the classical hallucinogens and related compounds (sometimes called psychedelics) in order to contribute to a greater understanding of the mind leading to the improvement of the human condition, and to alleviate suffering.
Their current research is focused on 1) using psilocybin in the treatment of anxiety and depression in cancer patients at three universities and the treatment of addiction to alcohol and smoking; and 2) the basic science of consciousness at the Heffter Research Center, Zürich, using psilocybin as a tool to correlate conscious experience with brain function.
ICEERS is a group that is dedicated to marshal the forces of the ethnobotanical knowledge of the indigenous peoples and modern therapeutic practice, responding to the urgent need for efficient tools for personal and social development.
ICEERS recognizes that for thousands of years, indigenous and pre-industrial societies mastered special plant species, known for its psychoactive properties, through religious and ritual use, to address medical, psychological and social issues critical to social relations and survival. The importance and scope of these plant species for the human family, as tools for personal and social development, cannot be overstated.
From this perspective the ICEERS group works towards the acceptation and integration of these ethnobotanical tools in contemporary society on three levels: Education - Scientific Research – Service
MAPS has been paving the way for the psychedelic community since 1986, they are the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit research and educational organization that develops medical, legal, and cultural contexts for people to benefit from the careful uses of psychedelics and marijuana. Part of their mission involves the development of psychedelics and marijuana into prescription medication. They are dedicated to training therapist and working to establish a network of treatment centers. They are involved in supporting scientific research into spirituality, creativity, and neuroscience. They are educating the public honestly about the risks and benefits of psychedelics and marijuana. MAPS is creating a world where psychedelics and marijuana are safely and legally available for beneficial uses and where research is governed by rigorous scientific evaluation of the risks and benefits. To learn more about MAPS just follow the link provided.
The Nierika goal is to develop educational, scientific and technological research in mental health, in order to provide Mexican and foreign patients alternative health services for the treatment of addiction and other psychological disorders, through the study and preservation of the indigenous traditions of the sacred plants of the American continent; in order to preserve their health and strengthen family integration and social welfare; and, to develop culturally adapted treatment for indigenous populations (within standards of an administrative, ethical and methodological nature, which are in correspondence with the General Health Law in Mexico and the norms and regulations of health research, and are of mandatory compliance)
The Nierika Institute seeks to promote interdisciplinary dialogue between academic leaders and traditional healers, including psychologists, psychiatrists, anthropologists, pharmacologists, ethno / pharmacologists, etc., creating a conceptual framework for the study of traditional medicine from a scientific perspective; and, in turn, permit certain elements of traditional indigenous medicine to bring benefits to patients with the greater need of effective treatments and thus contributing to enrich the National Health System. If you interested in learning more please visit the Nierika website today.