Researchers say 400-year-old cave art tied to hallucinogenic flower

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Researchers believe they have found “the first clear evidence for the ingestion of hallucinogens at a rock art site.”The new study was published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. Researchers examined California’s Pinwheel Cave, located near the border of the traditional territory of the Chumash people, reports National Geographic . Inside the cave, researchers found 400-year-old evidence of Datura wrightii , a native Californian entheogen and potent psychoactive substance. Researchers believe the flower was consumed at the site, which is called Pinwheel Cave due to evidence of swirling red patterns painted on the cave’s ceiling. Canadian researchers receive more than $4 million in funding to breed better cannabis Canadian study finds a link between starting medical cannabis and stopping drinking Cannabis research is alive and well as Alberta, Ontario universities push ahead with studies The evidence of the substance, found stuffed in the cave ceiling, indicates that “rather than illustrating visual phenomena caused by the Datura , the rock paintings, instead, likely represent the plant and its pollinator, calling into question long-held assumptions about rock art,” the study abstract notes. Lead researcher David Robinson told Live Science that the artists were unlikely under the influence of the substance when they created the rock art. “It’s extremely unlikely because of the debilitating effects of Datura ,” Robinson explained, adding that the designs could have been intended to “set the scene” before the flower was consumed. “Datura is far more than a hallucinogen,” study co-author Devlin Gandy told National Geographic . “It is a sacred being which is part of prayers, utilized for cleansing, as well as healing.” According to the researchers, Datura was used to “gain supernatural power for doctoring, to counteract negative supernatural events, to ward off ghosts and to see…

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