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Were psychedelics used in the ancient world ?

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Here's the 4-minute answer Graham Hancock gave to that question when he was interviewed at the Glastonbury Festival (hence background music) in June 2016;



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27 minutes ago, Coldrum said:

Maybe a musical interlude by the Drude ...


ln the first 3 minutes l was thinking that l wouldn't want to isten to this while tripping.....l almost turned it off, and then the vocals started.
Great song  :O)

lf l was tripping, this is the kinda thing l'd be 'floating off to'... 



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Earlier today I stumbled upon this 14 episodes documentary series called Psychedelica from Gaia.



In this ground-breaking original series, experts explore the history and use of psychedelic plants including political ambitions, the perceived shadow side and the proper environment to experience these substances. From the origins of Shamanism to the spiritual expression of modern awakenings, discover the role of sacred medicine as a gateway to expanded consciousness, and its continued influence on humanity.


1Psychedelics and Consciousness

In this episode of Psychedlica, we stand upon the threshold of two worlds vying for the future of human conscious evolution.

2. Shamanic Roots

In this episode of Psychedlica, explore the evolution of shamanism, from the earliest practices of indigenous cultures to its impact and influence on modern society.

3. Ayahuasca: Journey into Infinity

In this episode of Psychedlica, we journey deep into the Amazon rainforest to discover the science and spirituality of Ayahuasca.

4. DMT: Revolution of Consciousness

In this episode of Psychedlica, in 1931 a revolution of consciousness began with the syntheses of DMT, the psychoactive compound found in Ayahuasca.

5. Psilocybin: The Magic of Mushrooms

In this episode of Psychedlica, mushrooms have long held a prominent role in humanity‰Ûªs spirituality and connection with the divine.

6. Cacti: Indigenous Medicine of the Mind

In this episode of Psychedlica, psychoactive cacti, like peyote and huachuma, guided our ancestors on a sacred path of healing and spiritual transformation.

7. Cannabis: The Original Medicine

In this episode of Psychedlica, we trace the history and use of cannabis from the most ancient references to modern applications.

8. The Shadow Side of Psychedelics

In this episode of Psychedlica, what happens when the shadow side of psychedelics emerges?

9. Engaging the Dream

In this episode of Psychedelica, we look at how one can use intention within the psychedelic experience to bring about healing for individuals and the community.

10. Integrating Psychedelic Experiences

In this episode of Psychedelica, our team of psychonauts help others to integrate the lessons and knowledge, gained from psychedelic ceremony.

11. The Holy Mushroom Theory

In this episode of Psychedelica, we examine the debate of psychedelic mushrooms in arcane church frescos and their use as sacrament.

12. A Psychedelic Society

In this episode of Psychedelica, psychedelics may have the capability to help us usher in a positive future where spirituality and the supernatural have returned.

13. Sound Healing and Sonic Psychedelics

In this episode of Psychedelica, learn about sonic set and setting for achieving heightened states of consciousness and bring healing to body & being.

14. You Are the Medicine

In this episode of Psychedelica, the human body has the capability of reaching flow states and psychedelic-like experiences on its own.



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22 minutes ago, metak88 said:


Cool, thanks.
l have a friend with a Gaia account that enables sharing.
l'll go hassle her..  :O)

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From book Plants of the Gods:

Ancient Greece:  In the temple of Apollo at Delphi, the “navel of the world,” the Sibyl and prophetess informed the Pythia of her oracle after she had inhaled the smoke of Henbane. 

China:  Emperor Shen Nung discovered medicinal properties of many plants including cannabis


Elusian mysteries:  The alkaloid-rich Ergot of the Paspalum grass was used as a secret ingredient in Kykeon, the initiatory drink of Eleusis


Buddhism:  It was believed that when Buddha preached, dew or raindrops fell from heaven on Datura.  


Hinduism: Datura flower is associated with the God Shiva


Aztec:  God Xochipilli, the ecstatic Prince of Flowers has representations of mushroom caps, Morning Glory, Tobacco, Sinicuiche

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On 8/8/2020 at 12:52 PM, alexa said:

Yes I believe they were used by the Ancient's but God put them on the earth for medicinal uses not to to go and blow your mind out in some car!

it is personal choice....

they are here to speed up our evolution


hence the all suppresion and demonosation of the drugs by the establishment 

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Psychedilics only became prohibited in the 1920s and 10 years later people began drilling holes in peoples heads trying to find brain disease tissue which they never found. Pilsner lager for example was pilsner because it contained Hyoscamis Niger - Henbane - Hyoscamine. It had been around for a long time before Coca-cola were selling their famous coka plant drink called coca-cola. Psychedelics werent just used prior to the 20th century, they were normal. Alexander Dumas writes about getting stoned in his novel The Count of Monte Cristo. LSA (a crude form of LSD grows quite naturally on wheat and other crops. They had access to these things without restriction in a world before lieracy led to book burning led to the google approved literature we have today. Non-psychedelics may be an undernourishment that causes mental illnesses like the belief permeating in psychiatric "science" that the human soul is made of meat.

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If psychedelics are not required for a healthy existence ,both physically and mentally, why is DMT produced in the human body?, which is not exclusive by the way.

Here in Aus it is illegal to posses or produce DMT so technically it could be argued you are breaking the law just by being alive

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On 8/8/2020 at 1:31 PM, Octopus said:

The is what Terrence Mckennas book Food of the God is All about. His theory is that bot only were they used but they were at the heart of every major civilization

he was a little too pro drugs tbh and went a bit kooked in my opinion. you have to let time for trips to unfurl themselves and makes sense in the real world which am not sure he ever did 

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13 hours ago, megatron3 said:

But he was right though ?

dunno, saying that every major civilisation had psychedelic drug use at their heart could be stretch. 

psychedelics definitely have the potential to influence civilisation, positive or negative. They also can fuel chaos to a degree. 

"Chaos is what we've lost touch with. This is why it is given a bad name. It is feared by the dominant archetype of our world, which is Ego, which clenches because its existence is defined in terms of control.” -T mck

He also said that chaos provides opportunity. Went on about entropy too.  


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