Food of the Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge - A Brief History of Psychedelics Summary & Analysis

Terence McKenna
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A Brief History of Psychedelics Summary and Analysis

The tropical and subtropical zones in the New World are rich in hallucinogenic plants beyond geographically comparable areas of Southeast Asia and Indonesia. Psilocybin, for example, has a rich history of use in Oaxacan, Mexico for three millennia. Because of the clustering of hallucinogenic drugs in the New World, Western scientists were late to discover them. Explorer-naturalists were among the first to observe activities that included drug use among aboriginal people.

Shamanic rituals appear to utilize pharmacological reactions, often mixing several drugs in order to prolong or intensify effects. Furthermore, some of these psychedelic plants, such as ayahuasca, are regarded as healing elixirs and used to treat or combat diseases such as malaria or intestinal parasites.

Ayahuasca, a hallucinogen derived from a woody climbing vine found in South America, use creates a rich...

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