Psychedelic Findings from Native American Lands
We also find numerous clues coming from the ancient Native American cultures. Peyote buds and sculptures, for example, were found in the caves of Shumla, in the North American Rio Grande region. Peyote is a cactus which contains the psychoactive substance Mescaline. The identification of Mescaline found in the buds provide strong evidence that the hallucinogenic effects of peyote were already acknowledged 5700 years ago by the native communities.
Several findings from the South American amazons show that ayahuasca, a hallucinogenic brew made from a mixture of various plants, was already being used 5000 years ago by several indigenous groups for healing and spiritual growth.
One of the most legendary discoveries comes from South American Guatemala. The 3500 year old “Mushroom Stones” are an iconic finding and leave very little to the imagination. The exquisite sculptures are irrevocable evidence of a full-blown Mushroom Cult and paint a clear picture of the significant function that hallucinogenic mushrooms have played.