Ana MaquedaAna Elda Maqueda

Ana Elda Maqueda is an author, clinical psychologist, and a neuroscientist studying the medicinal and psychoactive plant Salvia divinorum and the ayahuasca brew at the Human Neuropsychopharmacology Research Group, Hospital de Sant Pau, Barcelona, Spain. She has spent the last 5 years exploring the Mazatec Sierra, fully investigating the current uses of Salvia divinorum. During her fieldwork, she lived with Mazatec families, learning from traditional doctors and healers, and contributed her support for the preservation of their language, habitat, and customs. She is the founder of the non profit Xkà, which aims to recuperate the Mazatec knowledge about Salvia, as well as their cosmovision and associated rituals.