Psychedelic Dictionary

Here is a vocabulary list you might want to learn to sound like an expert the next time you explain what psychedelic medicine is about!

Hallucinogen: a substance that causes hallucinations, such as LSD.

Psilocybin molecular structure

Psilocybin: Magic mushrooms are wild or cultivated mushrooms that contain psilocybin, a naturally-occurring psychoactive and hallucinogenic compound.  

Magic Mushrooms: Magic mushrooms are naturally occurring and are consumed for their hallucinogenic effects. They produce changes experienced to perception, mood and thought. 

Acid and LSD: are the same thing, LSD is the scientific term (Lysergic acid diethylamide) which is a manmade chemical compound that produces hallucinogenic effects.

Shroom vs acid: The scientific difference between the two is that while LSD is purely synthetic, how it acts mimics the biological activity of the fungus it was derived from, making LSD’s structure similar to psilocybin, also found in fungi. 

According to people’s experiences, mushrooms produce a more “whole body” experience, whereas an LSD trip “is largely cerebral”. A blog post from Headline says that…

By: Alex Nabaum

Simply put, whether an LSD trip yields breakthroughs or breakdowns often depends on the mindset of the user immediately before use and the environment within which the use occurs. 

The same goes for mushroom trips. But people tend to report more extreme experiences on either end of the spectrum when taking LSD.

DMT:(dimethyltryptamine)is a hallucinogenic drug. Sometimes referred to as Dimitri, this drug produces effects similar to those of psychedelics, like LSD and magic mushrooms.

DMT naturally occurs in many plant species, which have been used in religious ceremonies in some South American countries for centuries such as in Ayahuasca ceremonies in Mexico.

Scientists believe this chemical is released at birth and death, which explains why people have such mystical and powerful life-changing experiences.

Ayahuasca: ceremonial brew containing DMT made by chamans who lead those ingesting the brew in a spiritual journey.

Mescaline: is a naturally occurring psychedelic known for its hallucinogenic effects comparable to those of LSD and psilocybin. It is most commonly seen in peyote, which is also part of spiritual rituals that take place in South America.

Indigenous man hunting for Peyote

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