Here, I link to some publications and presentations I have made since 2011. I have written a few times on the experience of gay and lesbian people when they take ayahuasca; particularly, how it affected their self-perceived identity. I have also written about the psychological effects of ayahuasca in general. I have co-edited ten books on ayahuasca and other drugs and drug policy with my partner, Beatriz Labate and, at times, other co-editors. I also edit most of the papers published on the site chacruna.net run by the Chacruna Institute of Psychedelic Plant Medicines, where I am a board member.
- Cavnar, Clancy. The experiences of gay and lesbian people using ayahuasca. PsyD in Clinical Psychology. John F. Kennedy University. 2011 (Unpublished Dissertation).
- Peluso, D., Sinclair, E., Labate, B., & Cavnar, C. (2020). Reflections on crafting an ayahuasca community guide for the awareness of sexual abuse. Journal of Psychedelic Studies, 4(1), 24–33. https://doi.org/10.1556/2054.2020.00124
- Cavnar, C. (2014). The effects of ayahuasca ritual participation on gay and lesbian identity.Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 46(3), 252–260. doi: 10.1080/02791072.2014.920117.
- Labate, B. C., & Cavnar, C. (2011) Some reﬂections about the ayahuasca track at the 2010 MAPS “Psychedelic Science in the 21st Century” conference. International Journal of Drug Policy, 22(2), 174–178. doi:10.1016/j.drugpo.2010.09.002
- Assis, Glauber L.; Labate, Beatriz C.; Cavnar, Clancy. Música, tradução e linguagem na diáspora do Santo Daime. Revista de Antropologia, São Paulo, v. 60, n. 1, p. 165-192, may 2017
- Cavnar, C. (2019). What can we learn from studying psychedelics in special populations? MAPS Bulletin, 29(1).
- Labate, B. C., Cavnar, C., & Freedman, F. B. (2014). Notes on the expansion and reinvention of ayahuasca shamanism. In B. C. Labate, & C. Cavnar, (Eds.), Ayahuasca shamanism in the Amazon and beyond (pp. 3–15). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
- Labate, B. C., & Cavnar, C. (2014). Controversies on the regulation of traditional drug use. In B. C. Labate & C. Cavnar (Eds.), Prohibition, religious freedom, and human rights: Regulating traditional drug use (ix–xvii). Heidelberg: Springer.
Articles Published by Chacruna Institute
- The Effects of Ayahuasca on the Ego
- Cultivating the Mind, Body & Spirit with Ayahuasca
- Can Psychedelics “Cure” Gay People?
Presentation in Congresses
Cavnar, Clancy.. Reflections On Spirituality, Gender, and Power in my Experience with Santo Daime. Presented at the 2014
Panel: Ayahuasca Healing and Science – Panel with Adele Lafrance, Jessica Nielson, Kim Kuypers, with moderator Clancy Cavnar. Sacred Plants in at the Americas ll [Online conference]. April 23– 25, 2021.
Presentation on “Psychedelics and Sexual Minorities,” Catalyst Psychedelic Research Conference, May 29–31, 2020. Online.
Presentation “’It’s Cool to Be Gay’: Psychedelics, Sexuality and Self-Acceptance.” Queering Psychedelics Conference, June 1–2, 2019, San Francisco, CA.
Presentation, Women’s Forum, California Institute of Integral Studies, “Psychedelics and Gay Conversion,” October 17, 2018.
Presentation American Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Symposium: Psychedelics and psychology—New developments in research and practice. “Psychological healing with ayahuasca. August 9–12, San Francisco, CA.
Presentations at Psychedelic Science 2017: Day-long workshop with Gabor Maté, Draulio B. Araujo, Juan Carlos Bouso, and Beatriz C. Labate; Presentation on Ayahuasca and the Ego.
Presentation at Aya2016, World Ayahuasca Conference October 18, 2016, Rio Branco, Brazil. Presentation, “The Role of Identity in Psychological Healing with Ayahuasca.”
Symposium at the World Association of Cultural Psychiatry 4th International Conference, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Oct. 30–Nov. 2, 2015. Symposium “Drugs & Divinity: Recovery and Redemption across the Americas.”
Roundtable and discussion with authors of The Therapeutic Use of Ayahuasca and presentation of research on gay people and ayahuasca, The Women’s Visionary Congress, May 30-June 1, 2014.
Presented at Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Science 2013 conference on the effects of ritual ayahuasca participation on gays’ and lesbians’ identity, Oakland, CA, April 19-24, 2013
Poster on dissertation research, “The effects of participation in ayahuasca rituals on gays’ self-perception,” Division 44, APA Annual Conference, Honolulu, HI, July, 31- August 4, 2013.
Presented research on gay and lesbian experiences with ayahuasca at the Amazon Conference: Amazonian Shamanism, Psychoactive Plants and Ritual Reinvention. Institute of Medical Psychology, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany, Dec 6-7. 2010.