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Opioids, mosquitoes and the missing link in human evolution

The cultivation of poppy fields more than 5,000 years ago caused humans to ingest large amounts of external opium alkaloids, leading to physical alterations in the human system
Illustrative image of a mosquito bite (nechaev-kon; iStock by Getty Images)
Illustrative image of a mosquito bite (nechaev-kon; iStock by Getty Images)

More than a year ago I offered a new theory concerning the missing link in human evolution: The cultivation of poppy fields more than 5,000 years ago caused humans to ingest large amounts of external opium alkaloids, leading to physical alterations in the human endogenous system.

The absorption of these alkaloids through the ingestion of poppy seeds and the consumption of opiates eventually led to a drastic increase in the amount of endorphins transmitted by opioid neuropeptides within the human endogenous system.

Scientists believe that the opium poppy (Papaver somniferum) was first cultivated some 7,000 years ago.

The Sold paradigm: mosquito or God?

Tel Hai biogtechnology student Dario Sold has offered an explanation as to how the DNA of the genetically-enhanced populace could have spread to the rest of the human population. He says that if external opiates had modified human DNA and accelerated human evolution by increasing the amount of natural opioids within the human endogenous system, this DNA could have been transmitted to the rest of the population by mosquitoes.

New research points to mosquito-human DNA transmission timeline

New research led by the Wellcome Sanger Institute has revealed that the main parasite responsible for malaria (Plasmodium falciparum) only became a human-specific species some 3,000 to 4,000 years ago. Malaria first began to spread some 5,000 to 10,000 years ago. The timeframe in which humans began developing at an astonishing rate coincides with the origin of cultivated poppy fields as well as the transmission of DNA by mosquitoes.

Opiate withdrawal

There are two reasons why the scientific community has not yet sufficiently researched the importance of opiates, external and internal, on human evolution.

The first is they have not experienced extreme opiate withdrawal symptoms. A lack of opiates returns humans to a primitive condition which is void of the finer emotions that make us human. The same cannot be said of cannaboids and many other substances which influence our emotions and intelligence.

Media and scientific community should not reinforce prejudices

The second is the war on drugs and prejudices caused by the scorges of addiction. Many researcher completely ignore the fact that opioids are considered extremely harmful (though they do not damage human organs) because they play a fundamental role in our existence. Due to the war on drugs, politics and existing prejudices nearly all research has been directed towards proving that “drugs are bad.” Positive influences are never discussed.

There is a great need for objective research as well as informed media coverage. Hopefully the same Israeli scientific community which played such a leading role in investigating the effects of cannabis will do the same with opiate research.

About the Author
Asaf Shimoni is an author, journalist and translator who returned to Israel in 2016 after spending 40 years abroad, most of them in the Netherlands. He grew up near Boston, made aliyah while living on a kibbutz (from 1973 to 1976), and graduated from Syracuse University in 1978. He also lived some 5 years in Sicily. He believes that the media should be as critical and truthful as possible.
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