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[Westside] Ayahuasca: Spiritual Pharmacology and Drug Interactions

  • The Rose Room Venice 6 Rose Ave Venice, CA, 90291 United States (map)

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


TITLE: Ayahuasca: Spiritual Pharmacology and Drug Interactions


SHOW DESCRIPTION: Ayahuasca is unique among psychedelic sacraments in that it requires an interaction between two plants to obtain its full effects. This interaction is responsible for the profound healing that ayahuasca is known to have, although also introduces potential for adverse reactions if the wrong foods or drugs are taken concurrently or in close proximity to drinking ayahuasca. The purpose of this talk is to describe what’s known about ayahuasca’s pharmacology, outline adverse food and drug combinations with ayahuasca, and provide an overview of current clinical data supporting treatment of mental illness with ayahuasca.


BIO: Benjamin Malcolm earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Pharmacology from the University of California at Santa Barbara before deciding to pursue his Doctorate of Pharmacy at Touro University California. While at Touro he additionally attained a Master’s degree in Public Health. After graduation he completed post-doctoral residency training programs in Acute Care at Scripps Mercy Hospital and Psychiatric Pharmacy at the University of California at San Diego. He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Western University of Health Sciences where he teaches psychopharmacology and the clinical use of psychiatric medications. His primary research interest is psychedelic-assisted therapies for the treatment of psychiatric morbidity.



Doors open at 7:00 PM for drinks and mingling.

Presentation will begin at 8:00 PM.


TICKETS: Please register for tickets online before arriving. $15 pre-sale and $20 at the door. We have a limited number of volunteer positions if you can't afford the ticket price (first come, first serve).

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