A lot of ancient paintings throughout the desert southwest feature weird looking designs. Dropping a psychedelic or two could make some sense out of them ...

The folks at WesternDigs.com seem to think so since it appears the artists behind these paintings were tripping ballz when they made them. After years of studying rock art from Carlsbad to Las Cruces, and even on Fort Bliss, they have found a couple of things in common with all the paintings. Certain designs and the presence of psychedelic, "trance-inducing" plants.

According to westerndigs:

they ... (researchers) ... noticed tobacco and datura growing under similar pictographs found there. And when their work took them farther west, to record pictographs near Dona Ana in the Rio Grande valley, the team discovered the same pattern yet again, both in the rock art itself and in the plant life around it.

The plant life found at each site included "a particularly potent species of wild tobacco and the potentially deadly psychedelic known as datura."  They believe the ancient artists used the plants to get into trances and then painted. Once they moved on, the plant residue either began to grow or fossilized, leaving the evidence they are now finding.