My name is Ana Elda Maqueda. I am a Clinical Psychologist with a MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience and a PhD in Pharmacology. My passion for Salvia divinorum started more than 10 years ago. I was very intrigued by the lack of information about its traditional uses, and by the veil of mystery surrounding this unique herb, which seemed to be very different pharmacologically to the classical psychedelics. First, I decided to visit by myself the place where Salvia is endemic, the Mazatec Sierra, and started the present project devoted to recuperate the precious traditional knowledge from the Mazatec. Later, I investigated the human neuropsychopharmacology of salvinorin A at the Instituto de Investigación Biomédica IIB-Sant Pau of Barcelona. Currently, I am dedicated to research the multiple facets of Salvia divinorum, and to divulgate the wisdom that the Mazatec shared with me, with the intention of helping to know the best way to heal ourselves using this wonderful plant. I am also part of a multidisciplinary research group based in Mexico, aimed to study the healing properties of psychedelic mushrooms from a Mazatec perspective.

Other Xka members are Peter H Addy, Simon Green and Juan Campos, and of course, many Mazatecs.



Bia Labate

Rafael G. Dos Santos