Humans Have Been Getting High Since Prehistoric Times, Research Shows

Ever wonder how long people have been hooked on mind-altering drugs?

According to a newly published review of decades of archaeological research, humans worldwide have been using psychoactive substances like opium, alcohol and “magic mushrooms” since prehistoric times.

Now that’s a trip.

“It is generally thought that mind-altering substances, or at least drugs, are a modern-day issue, but if we look at the archaeological record, there are many data supporting their consumption in prehistoric times,” Dr. Elisa Guerra-Doce, an associate professor of prehistory at the University of Valladolid in Spain and the author of the review, told the Huffington Post in an email. “As soon as drug plants and fermented drinks were first consumed, there is uninterrupted evidence for such use over centuries, and occasionally, the relationship that began in prehistoric times has continued into the present day.”

Guerra-Doce has studied drug and alcohol use in prehistoric Eurasia, and told HuffPost Science she conducted the review to provide a comprehensive picture of drug use around the world.

Since there are no written records to provide evidence for drug use thousands of years ago, scientists look at ancient remains like the fossils of psychoactive plants, the residues of alcohol —> Read More Here


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