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Ambrosia

In the ancient Greek myths, ambrosia (/æmˈbroʊʒə/, Greek: ἀμβροσία, "immortality") is sometimes the food or drink of the Greek gods, often depicted as conferring longevity or immortality upon whoever consumed it.

  • Robert Graves, in his foreword to The Greek Myths, hypothesises that the ambrosia of various pre-Hellenic tribes was Amanita muscaria (which, based on the morphological similarity of the words amanita, amrita and ambrosia, is entirely plausible) and perhaps psilocybin

mushrooms of the Panaeolus genus.

Amrita

Amrita (Sanskrit: अमृत, IAST: amṛta), Amrith or Amata, is a word that literally means "immortality" and is often referred to in texts as nectar. “Amṛta” is etymologically related to the Greek ambrosia[1] and carries the same meaning.[2] The word's earliest occurrence is in the Rigveda, where it is one of several synonyms for soma, the drink of the gods.

Cohoba

Cohoba is an old Taíno Indian transliteration for a ceremony in which the ground seeds of the cojóbana tree were inhaled in a twin-nasal, Y-shaped pipe (also called Cohoba), producing a psychedelic effect.[1] The cojóbana tree is believed by some to be Yopo, Anadenathera peregrina,[2] although it may have been a generalized term for psychotropics, including the quite toxic Datura and related genera (Solanaceae). The corresponding ceremony using cohoba-laced tobacco is transliterated as cojibá. This corresponds culturally to the practice of drug-induced "astral traveling" so common to the Americas and elsewhere.

Haoma

Haoma (English pronunciation: /ˈhəʊmə/) is a divine plant in Zoroastrianism and in later Persian culture and mythology. Haoma has its origins in Indo-Iranian religion and is the cognate of Vedic soma.

Kykeon

Kykeon = Kykeon (Gr. κυκεών, from κυκάω, "to stir, to mix") was an Ancient Greek drink of various descriptions.

Manna

Manna (Hebrew: מָן‎ mān, Greek: μάννα; Arabic: المَنّ‎, Persian: گزانگبین‎), sometimes or archaically spelled mana, is an edible substance which, according to the Bible and the Quran,[1] God provided for the Israelites during their travels in the desert during the forty-year period following the Exodus and prior to the conquest of Canaan.

  • The Mystery of Manna: The Psychedelic Sacrament of the Bible

Soma

Soma (drink), a ritual drink of importance among the early Indo-Iranians, and in subsequent Vedic and greater Persian cultures

"Stoned ape" theory of human evolution

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terence_McKenna#%22Stoned_ape%22_theory_of_human_evolution. The mycologist Paul Stamets supports McKenna's in his speech Psilocybin Mushrooms & The Mycology of Consciousness