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How young


In primitive societies that use these kind of experiences, one is usually not very concerned about the age of the kids joining. In the Santo Daime groups one sees pregnant mothers and very young children taking the Ayahuasca and there are no reports of harm resulting from it. On the other hand, there is a difference in the effect of certain drugs. It seems that for instance XTC for adolescent kids leads to a more active behavior, more dancing and excitement than for older users, who become more communicative, more open than hyper. This might have to do with what defense-systems is more needed at a certain age, for adolescents there might be a certain preoccupation with sex, while older people are more concerned with security, the need to connect to others and the world around. In the view of some psychiatrist and therapists, notably Stan Groff, in the psychedelic experience one has to relive the birth-experience and certain stages of the 'birth-matrix' are clearly recognizable. In a series of psychedelic sessions one can see people `work through' these stages. This therapeutic setting is, regrettably, not very common, most mushrooms are taken with a more or less recreational mindset.




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