Ancient Psychedelic Beer

From 600 to 1,000 AD, the Wari ruled what is now Peru. Archaeologists studying the region discovered that the Wari used seeds from the vilca tree in their beer, which was derived from the molle tree. The combination led to a psychedelic-infused booze that was used during meals, shared with visitors, and helped the Wari maintain control of the area. The Wari used the unique beer to forge social connections with neighboring tribes to further expand their empire. Scientists used botanical remains and fragments of drinking jars to come to conclusions about the Wari’s mysterious drink.


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