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Feb 27, 2009

In this fortnight's installment of Psychonautica, Max Freakout plays a talk from the world psychedelic forum, by Allyson and Alex Grey, entitled 'psychedelic families, what do we tell the children?'. The Greys talk about children and entheogens, the american ideal 'happy family', the Osborne family, the problems of modern drug education and its mischaracterization of drugs and failure to distinguish use from abuse, the 'drugs are bad' mentality, the 'harm reduction' and 'reality based' approaches to drug education, the importance of listening to children, distinction between addictive drugs such as methamphetamine and non-addictive drugs, Western condemnation of psychedelic drugs, lack of a sacred context for entheogen use, ayahuasca rituals, the UDV, Bwiti Iboga ceremonies, entheogen initiations as a rite of passage, Huichol Peyote use, Alex and Allyson's own experiences bringing up their daughter Zena, taking time without taking any drugs - the 'altered state of sobriety', Terence Mckenna's recommendation to only have one child, taking drugs around children and  comparisons of modern drug users to ancient Christians. Afterwards, Max Freakout reads out an email from Shroomatic about her experiences as an entheogen-using mother. Email, and hang out with the community of friendly psychonauts at

Playlist: Massive Attack and Tool - Stinkfist

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