The Role and Best-Use Practices of Psychedelics, Including Cannabis: 23 min. audio interview on Cultural High/Cannabis Radio

Cultural High/Cannabis Radio

In this fast-paced, informative 23 minute audio interview, Cultural High host Bryce asked me questions about the history of cannabis and psychedelics; their role for our planet at this tumultuous historical juncture; best attitudes and best-use practices for safe and effective encounters with these remarkable sacramental medicines; and particular ways some of the major psychedelics have been and are being used, including iboga, MDMA, and cannabis.

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New/Ancient Perspectives on Cannabis, (other)Psychedelics, and Spiritual Growth – Stephen Gray interviewed on Everything Imaginable.

Gary Cocciolillo

Gary Cocciolillo, host of the popular podcast Everything Imaginable, recently interviewed me on the above subjects. Here are some of the topics covered.

• Cannabis is “the people’s plant” from a truly ancient lineage. “She” has traveled with us since the beginning for multiple uses.

• Non-specific amplifier – gracious – can be positive or negative

• That amplification can be channeled into spiritual opening

• Needs intention and attention – quiet your mind and get out of the way.

• The great challenge of letting go of the binds of ego identity

• Reality sneaks in through the gaps. Cannabis can strengthen and expand the gaps.

• Humour is essential – panoramic perspective brings the primordial smile – joy

• Cannabis used in some ways is a psychedelic (mind or soul manifesting)

• A unique combination of powerful and gentle.

• Differences between edible and inhaled cannabis – cautions with edible dosages.

• “Start low and go slow” with both edibles and inhaled

• Choosing the right strain/cultivar

• The influence of CBD on the effects of THC

• Suggestions for dealing with an “overdose.”

• The central importance of attending to the breath

• Cannabis heals holistically – body, mind, spirit together – embodiment essential

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Psychedelic Roundtable with Chris Kilham, Solana Booth, Bill Barnard, and Stephen Gray

Gary Cocciolillo

Four leading influencers is psychedelics and consciousness transformation discuss how psychedelics can help us heal ourselves and the world. All four are contributors to How Psychedelics Can Help Save the World: Visionary and Indigenous Voices Speak Out, ed. by Stephen Gray.
This fascinating roundtable discussion is available in both video and audio formats.

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Exploring Cannabis, Psychedelics, & Spirituality: A Global Awakening of Consciousness

Sebastien Fouillade

Today’s episode sees us sit down with Stephen Gray, an author, community organizer, and pioneer in cannabis ceremonies. Over five decades, Stephen has been exploring the intersections of cannabis, psychedelics, and spirituality. His wisdom on these topics is profound, making him an ideal guide for those eager to understand these powerful substances on a deeper level.

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How Psychedelics Can Help Save the World With Stephen Gray

Karen Tate

Shares some of the wisdom from the contributors to his anthology, namely how wisdom of Indigenous people and the power of psychedelics can help us enact the radical shift in consciousness necessary to navigate the collapse of the old world order and the birth of a new consciousness centered on awakened-heart interconnectedness. We’ll discuss the role and importance of psychedelics in years to come, what a “mature planetary civilization” looks like, how the Great Medicines can be used effectively, and how women’s voices are central to the vision for a healed humanity. And much more including if there are cautions and dangers to using these substances…

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How Psychedelics Can Help Save the World With Stephen Gray

Psychedelic Radio

Stephen Gray is an author, editor, event organizer and speaker, and ceremony leader. He has been deeply involved with spiritual practices and sacramental (psychedelic) medicine work for over 40 years, including Tibetan Buddhism, the Native American Church (peyote prayer ceremonies), and ayahuasca. 

We hear from psychedelic visionaries Christopher Bache, Zoe Helene, Wade Davis, Chris Kilham, Laurel Sugden, and others on the promise of psychedelic medicines for spiritual and healing work. We learn about indigenous stories to support our transformation from Native American leader Solana Booth, ancestral memory from Grandmother Maria Alice Campos Freire, cannabis’s role in world building from Minelli Eustàcio-Costa, the ritual roots of talking plants from Michael Stuart Ani, and alchemy across the arc of time from shaman Ya’Acov Darling Khan. 

We also hear from cannabis grower The Dank Duchess; Bruce Damer, a “mystic scientist” working on the question of life’s origins and its future in space; Tyson Yunkaporta, Australian Aboriginal artist and scholar; visionary artist Martina Hoffmann; professor of religious studies G. William Barnard; activist Duane Elgin; Kohenet Rachel Kann, ordained Jewish priestess, and ceremonialist; and several other wise leaders for our time.

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We spoke with the editor of How Psychedelics Can Help Save the World to explore his thoughts on just that.

Stephen Gray is a teacher and writer on spiritual subjects and sacramental medicines. He has worked extensively with Tibetan Buddhism, the Native American Church, and with entheogenic medicines. 

He is also a conference and workshop organizer, leader, and speaker. The editor of Cannabis and Spirituality, he lives in Vancouver.

His latest compilation, How Psychedelics Can Help Save the World, a collection of essays from over 25 contributors on how psychedelic medicines can help shift humanity for the better, is featured in the November/December 2022 issue of Spirituality & Health.

How Psychedelics Can Help Save the World: Visionary and Indigenous Voices Speak Out” – Dennis McKenna, Belinda Eriacho, Chris Bache, Stephen Gray

This new book explores the immense healing intelligence of nature, the wisdom of ancient indigenous prophecies and shamanic practices, the importance of the Divine Feminine for environmental regeneration, and the crucial role of psychedelic and entheogenic plants in initiating transformations of consciousness.

Cliff Dunning interviews Stephen Gray & Dr. Pepper Hernandez

Here is a guide to the benefits and challenges of the use of cannabis in spiritual practice. It:

Explores the use of marijuana in a wide range of spiritual practices, including meditation, yoga, chanting, visualization, shamanism, group ceremonies, work with other entheogens, and as a creative aid 
Truly a medicine for body and soul, one of cannabis’ greatest gifts is its remarkable potential for spiritual healing and awakening. In this authoritative guide, editor Stephen Gray and 17 other influential voices of the modern cannabis movement explore the spiritual benefits of cannabis and offer guidance on how to interact with the intelligence of this plant ally, a companion and supporter of humanity for millennia. 

Cliff Dunning interviews Stephen Gray

Here is a guide to the benefits and challenges of the use of cannabis in spiritual practice. It:

Includes chapters by 18 authoritative and influential voices of the modern cannabis movement, including Kathleen Harrison, Joan Bello, Hamilton Souther, Steven Hager, Chris Bennett, Dee Dussault, Jeremy Wolff, and Roger Christie