Cocaine in Ancient Egyptian Mummies?

Dr. Fong Says:
The tomb of King Toke?


"Some years ago a German scientist, Dr Svetla Balabanova, made a discovery which was to baffle Egyptologists, and call into question whole areas of science and archeology to chemistry and botany."

"She discovered that the mummified body of Henut Taui
contained large quantities of cocaine and nicotine. The surprise was not just that the ancient Egyptians had taken drugs, but that these drugs come from tobacco and coca, plants completely unknown outside the Americas."

The Mystery of the Cocaine Mummies

The only known concentrated source of nicotine is tobacco, and cocaine is found only in the coca plant. Both are New World plants.

So here is the question: Where the ancient Egyptians crossing the sea to get these drugs or where they getting them some other way? Here are the possibilities that would explain the presence of both nicotine and cocaine:
  • Trade with South America
  • The nicotine and cocaine came from some other plant that is now extinct
  • Carried by an African Swallow

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8 Comments:

Haunted TUNA said...

Hmm.. I think the nicotine and cocaine came from some extinct plant.

Mummy + Cocaine makes me think of Kate Moss...

Medico Nisaba-Practitioner of Infernal Necromancy said...

They traded via the Egyptians advanced (for that time) flying vehicles. Science won't admit they had them, but they did. They didn't extract and purify the nicotine or cocaine like we do today, though.

PS= Kate Moss is a Vampire, not a mummy.

flic said...

Or there is/was another source of cocaine and nicotine that we are now not aware of. Think alchemy, or some other pure source that is hidden.

Dr. Fong said...

Are you talking about vast underground lakes of cocaine and cigarettes?

Art said...

Fascinating! I tend to think that the ancients were much more sophisticated and capable in terms of travel and commerce than we generally think. Scenario # 1 in my mind is the most plausible.

Medico Nisaba-Practitioner of Infernal Necromancy said...

Also Cocaine in Dr. Fong. That's how he stays so young and vibrant.

Medico Nisaba-Practitioner of Infernal Necromancy said...

Seriously though, it has to be Ancient Trade. The odds are just in it's favour. A plant with both nicotine and cocaine in Africa that just happened to go extinct, no way.

Ba Fomay said...

What William Burroughs wouldn't have given to have this info! Just think of the riotous routines we'd have...