A New Old Way
The term “psychedelic” comes from the Greek words psyche “mind” and delos “to make visible” and are often referred to as mind manifesting substances.
(1) There are literally hundreds of compounds that either exist naturally or have been synthesized that have psychedelic properties.
Some of these compounds and substances have also been called “empathogens” referring to their heart opening and connecting qualities which can produce spiritual experiences. Moreover, there are several substances, while either not hallucinatory, or classic psychedelics are often grouped within the family of psychedelics because of their usage. Several of these medicines, like ayahuasca, psilocybin and mescaline have been used as part of spiritual communities for thousands of years.
(1) The term psychedelic was coined by psychiatrist Humphry Osmond in 1957.