Mind-altering plants and fungi from peyote to coffee at Kew Gardens - in pictures


Finally, a glamorous photoshoot of the mind-altering plants we know and love. A new exhibit at London’s Kew Gardens features beautiful images of entheogenic plants, including ayahuasca, cannabis, peyote, and salvia.

via The Guardian:

 

 

Intoxication season at Kew.

Ayahuasca
This South American vine was traditionally used to make a psychoactive drink by the natives of Amazonian Peru. People who have taken it report spiritual revelations regarding their purpose on earth and insights into the true nature of the universe

 

Intoxication season at Kew.

Cannabis
Indigenous to Central and South Asia, cannabis has long been used for fibre (hemp), oils and for medicinal and recreational purposes. Widespread prohibition has not stopped it becoming one of the world’s most-consumed recreational drugs since it gained widespread popularity in the 1960s

 

Intoxication season at Kew.

Peyote
A small, spineless cactus containing mescaline, it is found natively in Texas and Mexico. Native Americans have used it for spiritual purposes for thousands of years. These days, it is used to aid meditation and psychotherapy

 

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