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Stone age man used to get stoned :)

Posted on: Wednesday, 22 October 2008

I need to start crediting clippers whose clips I share on my blogs. Original clip and headline by balthazarus.
clipped from www.telegraph.co.uk

Stone Age man took drugs, say scientists

Scientists have discovered evidence suggesting Stone Age man used herbal mixtures to get high.

It has long been suspected that humans have an ancient history of drug use, but there has been a lack of proof to support the theory.

Now, however, researchers have found equipment used to prepare hallucinogenic drugs for sniffing, and dated them back to prehistoric South American tribes.

They found ceramic bowls, as well as tubes for inhaling drug fumes or powders, which appear to have originated in South America between 100BC and 400BC and were then carried 400 miles to the islands.

Scientists believe that the drug being used was cohoba, a hallucinogen made from the beans of a mimosa species. Drugs such as cannabis were not found in the Caribbean then.

Archeologists have suggested that humans were extracting mind-expanding drugs
from mescal beans and peyote cacti as far back as 5,000 years ago
drugs were being used to induce spiritual or trance-like states
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