Archaeological evidence for the tradition of psychoactive plant use In the old world

  title={Archaeological evidence for the tradition of psychoactive plant use In the old world},
  author={Mark David Merlin},
  journal={Economic Botany},
  • M. Merlin
  • Published 1 September 2003
  • Psychology
  • Economic Botany
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