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Chris Kilham


Chris Kilham is a medicine hunter, author, educator and TV personality who promotes natural, plant-based medicines, sustainable botanical trade and indigenous cultures. He has conducted ethnobotanical plant research in 45 countries and lectures worldwide about holistic wellness and botanical medicines. Chris helps to develop and popularize traditional medicinal plants, including kava, maca, ashwagandha, ayahuasca and dozens of others. He is also a yogi with decades of daily yoga experience. 


In 1967 Chris got high for the first time on 270 micrograms of Owsley Stanley’s White Lightning LSD and has been involved with psychedelics ever since. He has gone deeply into ayahuasca, LSD, San Pedro cactus, psilocybin mushrooms, peyote, and oral cannabis. He speaks and writes widely on psychedelics. From 2017 to 2019 Chris and his Peruvian exploration team conducted the first ever ayahuasca sustainability survey, which set the benchmark for all subsequent works. He has traveled, worked and sat in ceremonies with dozens of shamans in the Amazon.


Chris has appeared on over 500 TV and 1500 radio programs, and has been featured in The New York Times, Outside Magazine, Forbes, Psychology Today, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, CNN, NBC Nightly News, The Dr. Oz Show, Fox News Health, ABC Good Morning America, ABC Nightline, and many other top-tier media venues. He is the author of 15 books including The Ayahuasca Test Pilots Handbook, The Lotus and The Bud, and The Five Tibetans, which has been published in over 28 languages. The New York Times calls Chris “Part David Attenborough, part Indiana Jones.”

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