Vikings used drugs before barbaric attacks, researchers say

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Viking warriors were fueled by a hallucinogenic tea before brutal raids across northern Europe, scientists say.

Elite warriors, who went into battle without shields, went into a state of beastly madness before combat, according to historians. It is said that after the battles, their anger decreased significantly. Now scientists believe that the secret behind their terrible attacks was hallucinogens.

Known as the ‘stinking henbana‘, the plant caused warriors to strip off most of their clothing before battle. It makes pain less felt and makes users unpredictable and overly aggressive, removing their connection to reality.

Karsten Fatur, an ethno-botanist at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia, says the Vikings may have made tea with the plant or consumed it with alcohol.

“The plant reduces the sensation of pain and makes you wild, unpredictable and very aggressive. It also takes you away from reality. This will have pushed them to kill without any kind of morality. “

Armies throughout human history have used mind-altering drugs, including the Romans, US forces in Vietnam, and Hitler’s soldiers.

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