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“Some little-known hallucinogenic plants of the Aztecs”.
J Psychoactive Drugs. 1988 Oct-Dec 02;20(4):427-35.
A substantial number of the mind-altering plants that are presently known had their origin in the New World. Before the arrival of the Spanish, many of them were used by the pre-Columbian Indians for magical, religious, and other purposes. The chroniclers of the sixteenth century recorded a considerable amount of information about these plants, but
only afew hallucinogenic plants were transported to Europe. Some of these plants are well known—the ololiuqui and the teonanácatl are good examples—because their use persisted after the Spanish conquest, mostly in remote places, as the Spanish clergy did not appreciate the use of mind-altering plants.
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