Psychoactive Drugs And Its Effects On Human Consciousness

1284 WordsNov 14, 20166 Pages
A psychoactive drug is any substance that can be used to change brain function. This resulting change is responsible for alterations in perception, mood, and consciousness. As long as man has had a basic grasp on understanding consciousness they have tried delving deeper and deeper into their own consciousness and not only grown a larger respect for just how deep they can go but have had experiences that have encouraged them to go deeper. Rock paintings and fossil finds from as far back as 10,000 years ago offer scientific evidence and proof of the extremely long and exciting history of psychedelic drugs. Unfortunately it wouldn’t be until the 20th century that we would actually start to understand just how valuable and versatile these substances truly would be. From religious and spiritual uses to medicinal and more, psychoactive drugs, particularly ones more in the realm of psychedelics, are more important to learning and understanding our own consciousness than we can even understand. Terence McKenna, an American philosopher who focused on the nature of consciousness and the relationship between consciousness and psychedelic drugs, was a firm believer that the nature of consciousness and the evolution of man was all owed to the incorporation of psychedelic mushrooms into the early mans diet. He believes that the psychedelics in their diet are what promoted self-realization and eventually prompted our earliest ancestors to develop language. Archaeologists credit the use
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