Psychedelics & Spiritual Growth With Dennis McKenna #40



Dive deeply into this cosmic conversation with Chris, Sara, and Dennis McKenna--a pharmacognosist, lecturer, and author, who has conducted research for over 30 years in ethnopharmacology, the scientific study of substances used medicinally by different ethnic or indigenous groups. He is currently Assistant Professor in the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota, and in this episode shares a wealth of knowledge and wisdom related to psychedelics and the exploration of consciousness.


Dennis McKenna's research has focused on the interdisciplinary study of Amazonian ethnopharmacology and plant hallucinogens. His doctoral research (University of British Columbia, 1984) focused on the ethnopharmacology of ayahuasca and oo-koo-he, two tryptamine-based hallucinogens used by indigenous peoples in the Northwest Amazon.  

Dr. McKenna completed post-doctoral research fellowships in neurosciences in the Laboratory of Clinical Pharmacology, National Institute of Mental Health (1986-88), and in the Department of Neurology, Stanford University School of Medicine (1988-90). He is a founding board member of the Heffter Research Institute, and was a senior investigator in the Hoasca Project, the first biomedical investigation of ayahuasca used by the UDV, a Brazilian religious group. 

He has been featured on the Joe Rogan Podcast and numerous other publications. Dennis currently teaches in the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota. He is the younger brother of Terence McKenna.  Dr. McKenna is author or co-author of 4 books and over 50 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals.


The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss

ESPD50 - the first international, interdisciplinary group of specialists – from ethnobotanists to neuroscientists – who gathered in one place to share their findings on the use of psychoactive plants in indigenous societies. Follow-up meetings were intended to be held every ten years, but the War on Drugs intervened. On the 50th anniversary, an international group of specialists will gather again to share their perspectives on past, present, and future research in ethnopharmacology

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