Talking to Kids About Psychedelics, Weed, and Beyond
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Kids and drugs are among the most taboo topics in our culture. Even though it’s well-established at this point that the DARE program was a failure, many parents and other trusted adults—some of whom use psychedelics, cannabis, and other drugs with care—are left unsure about how to talk to young people about in a way that is more personally empowering, scientifically accurate, and less discriminatory than standard “just say no” educational programs. Meanwhile, there can be fear about what might happen if we do give our kids more effective drug education—what if their teachers, other parents, and even Child Protective Services find out? These challenges can be intimidating, even when it comes to discussions about substances like psychedelics that have played a key role in Indigenous healing practices for many generations. Happily, there are strategies for talking with young people about psychoactive substances that can lead to more understanding for everyone involved, kids and adults alike. We discuss all this and more with author and drug journalist Caitlin Donohue.