Some plants date back 3 billion years. While some are used as a healing medicine, some are used in rituals and as hallucinogens.
Hallucinogens or consciousness plants contain some chemicals which can induce altered perceptions such as visual or auditory hallucinations.
These hallucinogen plants have been mainly used for centuries for religious purposes and are still used in different parts of Africa, South America, India.
Ayahuasca or “vine of the soul” is a known hallucinogen in Peru. According to legends it helps the soul to leave the body and wander freely.
Amanita muscaria (Fly Agaric)
Amanita muscaria is one of the oldest hallucinogens.
Brugmansia is used as one of the principal hallucinogen in South America.
Fly Agaric is a mushroom consumed in Siberia and by Indian people.
Iboga is the most significant hallucinogen in Africa used in initiation rituals and to communicate with ancestors.
Seeds of Morning Glories
The seeds of Morning Glories have been used in southern Mexico.
Teonanácatl is a mushroom used for religious purposes in Mexico and Guatemala.
Hallucinogens are classed as toxic and some may say narcotics (addictive agents). And as any other narcotics, hallucinogens may be dangerous if not used wisely.