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Dennis McKenna has conducted research in ethnopharmacology for over 40 years. He is a founding board member of the Heffter Research Institute, and was a key investigator on the Hoasca Project, the first biomedical investigation of ayahuasca. He is the younger brother of Terence McKenna. From 2000 to 2017, he taught courses on Ethnopharmacology and Plants in Human affairs as an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota.

September 21, 2020, 12:45 AM

Psilocybin and Its Place in Nature

A talk by Dennis McKenna
Founder, The McKenna Academy

Psilocybin is a unique compound, but it is part of a larger family of natural tryptamines that are also psychedelic or otherwise psychoactive. This presentation will explore the tryptamine 'family' and the chemical diversity of these compounds in plants, animals and fungi. We will discuss the origin and distribution of tryptamines in nature. We will also discuss some synthetic analogs of psilocybin or other tryptamines. If you are a chemist, you will enjoy this overview of tryptamines. If you are not a chemist, you may be baffled at times but you will still enjoy it!

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