- Apr 2013
- La La Land North
Does "World's oldest profession" need a change in definition. Is it really pusher?
Article continues at Humans Have Been Getting High Since Prehistoric Times, Research ShowsEver wonder how long people have been hooked on mind-altering drugs?
According to a newly published review of decades of archaeological research, humans worldwide have been using psychoactive substances like opium, alcohol and "magic mushrooms" since prehistoric times.
"It is generally thought that mind-altering substances, or at least drugs, are a modern-day issue, but if we look at the archaeological record, there are many data supporting their consumption in prehistoric times," Dr. Elisa Guerra-Doce, an associate professor of prehistory at the University of Valladolid in Spain and the author of the review, told the Huffington Post in an email. "As soon as drug plants and fermented drinks were first consumed, there is uninterrupted evidence for such use over centuries, and occasionally, the relationship that began in prehistoric times has continued into the present day."