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Sep 26, 2008

In this week's installment of psychonautica, Max Freakout plays the first part of a 2-part talk by Kathleen Harrison from the world psychedelic forum called 'spirit in nature - psychedelic plants and mushrooms through native eyes'. Kathleen talks about ethnobotany and ethnomycology, her travels around South America and Mexico, the relation of plants to mythology, the being of plants, the healing power of Brugmansia, the animated universe of the Mazatec, the religious practises/beliefs of the Mazatec, the mushroom culture of Huatla,Gordon Wasson and Maria Sabina, the healing industry and psychedelic mushroom trade in Mexico, healing objects for sale in Mexico, the hippy-tourist invasion in the 1960s following Gordon Wasson's travels, the different species of mushroom used in Mexico and the differences between them, shamanic husband/wife couples, use of tobacco by the MAzatec, and the naming of tobacco species after saints, the cooperativeness of Psilocybe Cubensis, and use of Psilocybe Mexicana. After the talk, Max talks about psychedelic mushrooms, growing psilocybe cubensis and magic truffles at home, his experience of tobacco use in ayahuasca ceremonies, and a new book by DC Hilman which highlights the anti-entheogen bias of Westernm academia. Email and join the growing community of friendly psychonauts hanging out at

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