posted on Jan, 30 2006 @ 12:40 PM
Sorry if this has been addressed before.
I study neuropharmacology.
In our last class, the professor mentioned that many Egyptian mummies were tested to see what chemicals the egyptians used to preserve the bodies.
Most of the mummies tested positive for nicotine and coc aine. This alone shouldn't be surprising since the properties of each can be
bacteriostatic. The question is how did they get the compound? Cocaine can only be made from the cocoa plant found in the americas. Nicotine can be
found in many different plants, but the concentration found in the mummies, (3x the ammount concidered to be lethal to humans) is believed to only be
found in tobacco. Similarly, this is also found in the americas (or at least we thought it was - perhaps there was an ancient strain that is now
extinct without trace)
So I did a google search of the topic. Apparently Discovery ran a show on it in 1997. A bunch of other links are found at
Has anyone else
heard much about this?