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    Weaving bridges between traditional knowledge and science to address some of society's most challenging mental health conditions and build a more connected world.

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    The Ritual Use of Cannabis in a Self-Managed Community

    This paper, led by Maja Kohek, ICEERS’ associate researcher, about her field work on the ritual use of cannabis in a self-managed community, presents various examples of non-problematic drug use observed in a community in Catalonia, where a variety of psychoactive substances are used in ritual settings.

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    Communalistic Use of Psychoactive Plants

    The aim of this article is to extend the point of view that takes into consideration cultural context to the traditional and communalistic use of psychoactive plants. Genuine medical systems have been developed, generally carried out in ritual or ceremonial settings, but these practices have often been vilified as a result of social stigma or drug policies.

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    Ayahuasca on Mental Health and Quality of Life

    Since ayahuasca use is expanding worldwide, the aim of this study was to observe the effects of ayahuasca on psychological and mental health variables in naïve users in order to help medical practitioners to understand possible adverse effects and potential therapeutic uses.

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    Technical Reports

    Technical Report
    This 26 page document by 11 world-class experts and researchers highlights the latest research on ayahuasca, its uses, pharmacology, legal status, and therapeutic effects.

    Ayahuasca in Spain
    An evaluation of ayahuasca ceremony participants based on public health indicators.

    Ayahuasca in
    The Netherlands
    An examination of ayahuasca ceremony participants in Holland based on public health indicators.

    Ayahuasca Pharmacology Fact Sheet

    Fact Sheet

    Ayahuasca Pharmacology

    While the ayahuasca brew generally contains DMT, it is not the same as the isolated compound. Ayahuasca and DMT have significant differences in pharmacology, methods of administration, legal classifications, and the duration and quality of the experience. There are also important distinctions in their context of use and cultural history.

    Therapeutic Potential Ayahuasca - fact sheet

    Fact Sheet

    The Therapeutic Potential of Ayahuasca

    The first studies relating to the therapeutic benefits of ayahuasca began in the 1980s. Since then, research has uncovered several potential psychotherapeutic benefits related to the pharmacological effects and subjective experience of ayahuasca.

    Fact Sheet

    Ayahuasca Safety Profile

    Both animal and human studies have shown ayahuasca is a physically and psychologically safe substance when its constituents have been verified. Research has also validated its safety when the dosage is controlled and it is taken in a supportive environment. 

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    All ICEERS studies have been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals that follow the highest methodological and ethical standards.
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    José Carlos Bouso Saiz ICEERS

    José Carlos Bouso

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    Genís Oña ICEERS

    Genís Oña

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    Maja Kohek ICEERS

    Maja Kohek

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    Main Collaborators


    Miguel Ángel Alcázar-Córcoles
    Department of Biological & Health Psychology, School of Psychology – Autonomous University, Madrid.

    Rafael G. dos Santos
    Department of Neurosciences and Behavior, University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil.

    Jaime E.C. Hallak
    National Institute for Translational Medicine (INCT-TM), CNPq, Riberão Preto (SP), Brazil.