The Role of Psychoactive Substances in Pre-Columbian Mexico

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The Role of Psychoactive Substances in Pre-Columbian Mexico

A new research paper about the sacred, medicinal and cultural use of psychoactive plants in pre-Colombian Mexico has just been published. A highly recommended read for everyone interested in entheogens.

A new research paper about the sacred, medicinal and cultural use of psychoactive plants in pre-Colombian Mexico has just been published. A highly recommended read for everyone interested in entheogens.

Prior to the colonisation of the Americas, native people of the lands had a rich history of using psychoactive substances, such as peyote, ololiuqui, magic mushrooms and others. They were revered for sacred, medical and cultural purposes. Through records written by the invading colonialists and archaeological remains, it has been possible to recreate a record of what was going on. However, a lot for this precious information can be hard to come across, or is vastly spread out over the internet.

To address this problem, Adrian Andreacchio, an MA in Latin American Studies student from the University College London, UK has written a paper outlining and cataloguing the cultural and medical role of many psychoactive plants within pre-colonial Mexican society. The paper is called “The Role of Psychoactive Substances as Entheogens and Medicines in Pre-Columbian Mexico.” Read more at Erowid.