Dr. Juan Scuro

Dr. Juan Scuro

Dr. Juan Scuro

Adjunct Professor of the Department of Social Anthropology | Uruguay


Psychedelics in Uruguay

Investigations of the Interdisciplinary Nucleus of Studies on Psychedelics, of the University of the Republic of Uruguay. www.arche.ei.udelar.edu.uy

Dr. Juan Scuro

Adjunct Professor of the Department of Social Anthropology – Faculty of Humanities and Educational Sciences – UDELAR

I began to study the use of ayahuasca in a religious context in my master’s degree, whose thesis was an ethnography of the process of transnationalization of the religion from Santo Daime to Uruguay. In my doctorate, I conducted a broader ethnography of various neo-shamanic groups present in Uruguay with different types of ties to Brazil, Peru, and Mexico, places where field work was extended. I see neo-shamanism as a paradigmatic device of intercultural relations in the framework of modernity / coloniality. I am interested in the ways in which these narratives are made public, and their specific dynamics in the therapeutic-religious-spiritual field. I did a post-doctorate on the therapeutic use of ayahuasca in addiction treatment from 2018 to 2020.


With the presence of:



Ismael Apud, PhD

Assistant Professor of the Faculty of Psychology – UDELAR

I studied two majors, psychology and anthropology, one of my first investigations being the study of Buddhist schools in Uruguay. It is at that time that I became interested in religious / spiritual practices as cultural devices that cause effects on the mental health and psychology of their practitioners. Later, I come into contact with different Uruguayan spiritual groups that use ayahuasca in their rituals, and I decide to do my master’s research on the subject. My doctoral thesis continues to explore this topic, although in groups located in Catalonia.

Currently my research addresses both fields of research, these are, the study of Buddhism on the one hand, and the study of ayahuasca rituals on the other. In both fields I try to understand the use of rituals as cultural devices used by their participants to generate psychological effects, as well as religious practice in general and its effects on its members.


Dr. Ignacio Carrera

Assistant Prof. of the Department of Organic Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry – UDELAR

My interest in the subject arises from my postdoctoral studies in chemistry and pharmacology of iboga-type alkaloids and their potential as antiaddicts. Later, and as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Organic Chemistry, I began to develop a line of research based on the preparation of substances analogous to psychedelics with the potential to promote processes of structural and functional synaptic plasticity. In this way we search for potential drugs for the treatment of various psychiatric disorders. For this, in our group we use disciplines such as: organic synthesis, biocatalysis and biotransformations, isolation techniques and structural characterization of natural products and pharmacology.