Peter Webster – Psychoactive Plants and Human Evolution

Psychoactive plants have been omnipresent during all the stages of hominid evolution – but is there any evidence that they may have had an important influence or been the evolutionary catalyst for the emergence of modern humans?

Mythological tales of a “forbidden fruit” acting to awaken humankind from their “natural” or protohuman state are not uncommon, but some recent findings of science now seem to give new meaning to such stories.

From: “LSD – Problem Child and Wonder Drug International Symposium” on the Occasion of the 100th Birthday of Albert Hofmann Sunday, 15 January 2006 in Basel

– Ken McCarthy