Scientists Find 1,000 Year Old Shaman Pouch Containing Traces of Psychedelics

The 1,000 year old ritual bundle was found in the Andes.

June 1, 2019

The pouch was sewn together from three fox snouts. Chemical analysis showed it contained residues of a number of psychoactive substances including ayahuasca, bufotenin (bufotenine), benzoylecgonine, cocaine, dimethyltryptamine (DMT), harmine, and possibly psilocin. The authors say the pouch indicates “…the use of multiple psychoactive plants associated with a sophisticated botanical knowledge system among ritual specialists (shamans) during pre-Columbian times.”