Psychedelic Medicine


Same Summit, Now Virtual! Chacruna Founder Bia Labate, Ph.D. tells us all about the upcoming Psychedelic Liberty Summit


This week we discuss the upcoming Psychedelic Liberty Summit (April 25th and 26th) with Bia Labate, Ph.D. As the executive director of the Chacruna Institute for Psychedelic Plant Medicines, adjunct faculty at the California Institute of Integral Studies, public education and culture specialist at MAPS, co-founder of the Interdisciplinary Group for Psychoactive Studies in Brazil, editor of the Mexican blog Drugs, Politics, and Culture, and the author and editor of numerous books, special edition journals, and several peer-reviewed articles, Dr. Labate is a wealth of information and knowledge.

Dr. Labate explains how she started the Chacruna Institute in 2017 with the mission of promoting education around plant medicines. With a focus on the cultural side of plant medicines, Chacruna works to help spread the idea that these plants have a place in society. This involves creating a bridge between traditional uses of plant medicine and scientific advances being made in the field.

Chacruna’s upcoming conference might be the largest virtual event of its kind. There will be a large focus on the emerging politics of plant medicines. Other themes include the responsibilities that practitioners and patients have to use them in an informed and ethical way. With 70 speakers, 11 sponsors, and 35 community partners, this will be an inclusive and expansive event.

In This Episode

• The mission of the Chacruna Institute to bridge the gap between tradition and science
• The main focus and structure of the Psychedelic Liberty Summit
• The wide variety of organizations that are part of the summit
• Some of the summit speakers and their topics


We’re trying to create legitimacy around the idea that these drugs are legitimate and should be respected as such and be incorporated into our legal and health systems.” [5:06]

“We have activists, researchers, community leaders, lawyers, religious leaders, and practitioners. We have a really incredible lineup.” [22:00]

“In the field of psychedelics science, we have often fetishized shamans from South America and forgotten the people of the land. So I’m really proud that we have a series of different Native American representatives.” [32:54]


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