Balancing Cultural Traditions and Science in Entheogenic Research: A Conversation with Brad Adams, Ph.D.

Ayahuasca is a particularly difficult entheogen to study. Unlike psilocybin, MDMA, or LSD, which can all be precisely synthesized and measured, ayahuasca involves multiple plants and is created in a variety of different ways by different shamans. Some use admixtures like Toé, Guayusa, and Mapacho, while others prefer to just use Banisteriopsis caapi and Psychotria […]

Ayahuasca Pilot Study Investigates the Meaning of Life and Death: Interview with Brad Adams, Ph.D.

Brad Adams is an ayahuasca researcher, the founder of the Los Angeles Medicinal Plant Society (LAMPS), and the organizer behind the upcoming Los Angeles Psychedelic Science Symposium (LAPSS). We spoke with him recently about his ayahuasca pilot study with Charles Grob and Dennis McKenna into the jungle brew’s effects on psychiatric distress and the participants’ […]