Shaahin Cheyene is an Iranian born writer, filmmaker, lecturer and herbalist based in Los Angeles, California . For over 15 years, Cheyene has traveled extensively and worked with healers and medicine men and women from all over the world in an effort to document and preserve their medicines and traditions.
In the early 1990′s while still in his teens, Cheyene spearheaded the smart drug movement by inventing Herbal Ecstacy and over 200 other award winning products. Herbal Ecstacy became a global phenomena that sold over 300,000,000 units. Cheyene later developed the first mass market herbal cigarette brand: Ecstasy Cigarettes. Ecstacy Cigarettes became the most successful brand of herbal cigarettes in the world with over 100,000,00 units sold. Cheyene has been called the “Willy Wonka of Generation X” and compared to the likes of Bill Gates and PT Barnum.
In the late 1990’s Cheyene was the first to travel to Mexico to discover a commercial source for the shamanic Mexican plant Salvia Divnorum and to import it on a commercial scale. He authored the first book in over 15 years on the plant.
Cheyene has worked with several of the major pharmaceutical companies in an effort to bring the technologies and benefits of plant medicines to the mainstream.
In 2000 Cheyene developed a revolutionary new technology and spearheaded the vaporization movement. He invented and patented the Vapir Vaporizer and authored the definitive book on the science of Vaporization. The Vapir Vaporizer has sold hundreds of thousands all over the world.
Now a full time writer and filmmaker, Cheyene has recently completed the award winning documentary film Serpent And The Sun : Tales Of An Aztec Apprentice and written the companion book Darkness: The Power Of Illumination.