The Therapeutic Use of Ayahuasca

Beatriz Labate, Clancy Cavnar, and Brian Anderson
Date and Time: 
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 5:30pm

Department of Anthropology
Main Quad - Building 50
Room 51A (Colloquium Room)


Beatriz Labate, PhD, an anthropologist now Visiting Professor at the Drug Policy Program of the Center for Economic Research and Education (CIDE) in Aguascalientes, Mexico, Clancy Cavnar PsyD, registered psychologist in the Bay Area specializing in substance abuse, and Brian Anderson, medical student at Stanford, will discuss their new book, The Therapeutic Use of Ayahuasca. (The book is edited by Labate and Cavnar,; Anderson is a contributor). They will have two discussants from our medical school: Ed Kilbane MD, Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry with a specialty in psycho-oncology at Stanford Hospitals and Clinics, and Bruce Feldstein MD, Adjunct Clinical Professor at Stanford School of Medicine and Director of The Jewish Chaplaincy at Stanford University Medical Center.

The Therapeutic Use of Ayahuasca is the first English-language volume to compile biomedical and anthropological research on the ritual and clinical uses of the Amazonian psychedelic brew ayahuasca for the treatment of diseases like PTSD, depression and addiction. The books’ website is here: