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[Los Angeles] Kratom: The Download with Lauren LaRose & Amalesh Parajuli

  • Au Lac 710 West 1st Street Los Angeles, CA, 90012 United States (map)

The Aware Project ( hosts a series of monthly Psychedelic Awareness Salon events in Los Angeles and San Diego. We are creating a connected and educated community that feels passionately about balancing the conversation about psychedelics.

Doors open at 7:00 PM for dinner and mingling.
Presentation will begin at 8:00 PM.

Kratom: The Download with Lauren LaRose & Amalesh Parajuli

Kratom (Mytragina speciosa), a tree native to Southeast Asia has a rich history of traditional use as a panacea throughout the region. Kratom’s beneficial effects have proven themselves as a staple amongst laborers to promote productivity and engaged focus on their craft. As well as a traditional remedy in alleviating pain, fatigue, diarrhea, malaria, boosting sexual performance, and mood, users claim it provides a sense of well being, calm, and glowing comfort. Kratom has gained popularity in our modern world as an alternative to opioid pain management. Given the current opioid crisis and the benefits of Kratom, our intention is to share information and our experiences with this powerful plant ally.

Lauren LaRose Bio:
A Native Texan, Lauren now makes Los Angeles her home. Lauren LaRose spends her days as an implementation project manager in Education Technology and has been an underground house music DJ for 20 years. Lauren's favorite parts of living in LA are the strong community and the rich variety of natural healing modalities. Having earned respect for Kratom, Lauren has had great success while gaining knowledge of this plant medicine.

Amalesh Parajuli Bio:
Native to Nepal and raised in Portland, Amalesh moved to Los Angeles in 2016 with a passion for rock climbing, nature, healing, cannabis, music, and of course - Kratom. He is currently honing his horticultural craft working on a cannabis farm and feels strongly about bringing more informed awareness and less stigma to the conversation around plant medicine. He has used Kratom for the last 7 years to cope with a wide variety of issues and has lots of experience to draw from, navigating both its risks and benefits.

TICKETS Pre-sale tickets are $15 and door price is $20. We have a limited number of volunteer positions if you can't afford the ticket price (please email, first come, first serve).

VENUE Au Lac is located at 710 West 1st St. Los Angeles, CA 90012. Their phone number is (213) 617-2533 and more information can be found at

DINNER We will be hosting the Salon at Au Lac DTLA in their Fedora Lounge. Come hungry for their delicious Vietnamese fusion cuisine and thirsty for their organic cocktails, beer, and kombucha! Please note that there is a 2 order minimum per person for us to be able to use this beautiful space.

PARKING Au Lac has its own parking structure with an entrance off 1st St (about $7 with validation). Please leave extra time for traffic it can be kind of crazy around that block…


IMPORTANT NOTICE: This group is being designed as a secure space. It is not a place to seek, encourage, or participate in the procurement of controlled substances. Do not bring, buy, sell, transfer, or arrive on any illegal substances, or swap information on how to buy them. Members who violate these basic house rules will be removed from the group and will not be allowed to attend future events.