Scientists now think they have evidence that points to the notion that man was getting high as far back as 6000 years ago.
newscientist.com: EUROPEANS may have used magic mushrooms to liven up religious rituals 6000 years ago. So suggests a cave mural in Spain, which may depict fungi with hallucinogenic properties – the oldest evidence of their use in Europe.
Of course if anyone has an appreciation of man’s lot it’s his capacity for the Apollonian and the Dionysian and we can be sure after man has figured out how the world works, it’s time to escape celebrate that knowledge into another realm- hence the dionysian.
The Selva Pascuala mural, in a cave near the town of Villar del Humo, is dominated by a bull. But it is a row of 13 small mushroom-like objects that interests Brian Akers at Pasco-Hernando Community College in New Port Richey, Florida, and Gaston Guzman at the Ecological Institute of Xalapa in Mexico. They believe that the objects are the fungi Psilocybe hispanica, a local species with hallucinogenic properties.
Isn’t good knowing that your misbehavior has its roots in the history of mankind?