We all love indulging in cocktails in the neighbouring bars, but they don’t serve every one of them. Here's a short guide on few that have been lurking around for centuries.
Firstly, let's get all the fog out of the way. Psychedelic cocktails are not 'spiked' cocktails. Rather, they are painstakingly concocted by expertly amalgamating one or many psychoactive substances with different spirits. This being said, psychedelic cocktails have recently become a mainstream trend in countries psychoactive substances are legally sold and consumed.
To start off with, some of these psychoactive substances are magic mushrooms, rue seeds, ephedra, cannabis, belladona to name a few. They're either fermented, crushed, or dissolved in different liquids to extract all the psychoactive compounds out of them. Surprisingly so, this art has been in existence since thousands of years!
Indians have been preparing cocktails such as Somras et al since the past 12,000 years. The first ever mentioning of the Somras has been in the Rig Veda. According to the texts and scriptures Somras is a drink that would allow gods to manifest themselves in human form. Somras was said to be widely consumed till the 600 BC and birth of Christ.
However, Indians were not the only ones drinking up happy potions. Mayans and Amazonians were said to consume such concoctions to gain spiritual enlightenment! Ayahuasca was widely consumed by ancient tribal people in South America and is still in practice in remote locations and few obscure tribes over there.
The Mayans had their own cocktail which they prepared from mushroom meads. All thanks to a diverse plant ecosystem rich in natural psychedelics, the Mayans had an array of psychedelic drugs at their disposal. The cocktail consumed by the priests in the Mayan rituals comprised of psilocybin mushrooms, morning glory seeds, Datura leaves, cocaine and caffeine!
It is only in recent times that the art has been resurrected and gaining ground among the masses. Multi-drug combinations or the use of psychedelic cocktails has been done to achieve a wider range of altered-mind states.
According to what we can piece together, traditional witches’ brews, visionary drinks, and other shamanic potions typically consisted of one or more psychoactive plants mixed together for maximum visionary effect, so there is a long history of psychedelic cocktailing in the human exploration of religion and medicine. In the late 20th century the ancient technology of shamanic brewing gave way to the underground sciences of basement chemistry and recreational consumption.