“Did We Know We Were Lying About The Drugs? Of Course”: The Real History Of Psychedelics

From prehistory to the war on drugs and beyond.

by JR Thorpe
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3780-3660 BCE:

Archeological specimens of peyote buttons from along the Rio Grande are dated to this period, suggesting that ancient civilizations recognized the hallucinogenic power of mescaline.

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905-1170 CE:

A leather bag used by a shaman in what’s now southwest Bolivia is considered the oldest evidence of ritual ayahuasca use.