From another thread here, I thought I would create a new topic on this interesting question.
Many societies around the world incorporate a combination of alcohol and psychoactive drugs to aid trance states for deity/spirit communications and/or specific ritual use.
As far as AE goes, there is some evidence (though not concrete and is hotly debated) that some aspect of this was present, certainly in early times. The use and reference to Blue Lotus and it’s properties, as well as a number of other substances referring to opiate use as well as the effects of burning and consuming various food stuffs would no doubt have been recognised by them as being useful.
Indeed, in the Leyden Pap. reference is made to using various ointments for divination purposes, as well as the frequent and very definitely confirmed use of beer and wine in AE which would be very clear as to its effect! The use of it in many festivals can’t go without note.
Any thoughts and experiences you want to share on this?