THE EFFECTS OF PSYCHOACTIVE PLANTS (PSYCHEDELICS), SACRED PLANTS, AND DRUGS ON CULTURE
by Rachel Photon
A fascinating part of the study of psychoactive plants and their effects is their effects on culture. Psychoactive plants and “drugs” can be considered as a type of “media”, although most do not recognize them as such. Most people recognize media in different forms and do not think about psychoactive plants, sacred plants, or drugs as being a form of media.
One of the reasons that psychoactive plants, sacred plants, and drugs can be considered as a form of media is because information can be transmitted from the psychoactive plant, sacred plant, or drug to the human mind, however this transmission occurs. This transmission of information from the psychoactive plant, sacred plant, or drug is understood here to be a form of communication.
Many people do not look at how cultures can be affected using psychoactive plants, drugs, or sacred plants. The tone of a culture can be created by the types of psychoactive plants, drugs, sacred plants, or other things that the people of that culture use, value, or engage with.
You can also learn a lot about a culture by paying attention to the psychoactive plants, drugs, or sacred plants that the people of that culture choose not to use, not to value, and or not to engage with and the reasons for this exclusion.
European culture has a long history of being known for not using, not valuing, or not engaging with psychoactive plants, drugs, and sacred plants as much as other continental cultures around the world. Most European cultures tend to be linear, abstract, narcissistic, and often promote male dominance.
The European culture is typical of what happens in cultures that lack any extensive use of psychoactive plants, drugs, or sacred plants. Psychoactive plants, drugs, and sacred plants can dissolve boundaries, expand the consciousness, make things less abstract, inspire more empathy, and tend to promote more female dominated ideas.
When one studies deep enough, one begins to realize that a lot of the problems of culture that people are dealing with in Europe and other places with cultures like European culture, may stem from this lack of extensive use of psychoactive plants, drugs, or sacred plants. There is not much of a place for these things in European cultures.
African culture has a history of valuing the psychoactive plants, drugs, and sacred plants as a major part of its culture, however, as one studies African culture, one realizes that in modern times, this widespread use of psychoactive plants, drugs, and sacred plants is less widespread. The reason that this has happened is very curious, still being researched and up for debate.
Some believe that this lack of widespread use of psychoactive plants, drugs, and sacred plants may be due to the amount of time that the original cultures of Africa have been suppressed. There are other researchers who believe that it could be because there are not as many psychoactive plants, drugs, and sacred plants available on the continent of Africa as there were during the older time periods of the original cultures.
If one wants to find a culture that is more accepting of psychoactive plants, drugs, and sacred plants in Africa, one can find these cultures in India, and a few other countries in Africa.
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