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entheogen

(ĕn-thē′ō-jən)
n.
A psychoactive substance, usually one derived from plants or fungi but also from the secretions of animals such as toads, that is ingested by a shaman or another participant in a ritual in order to produce visions or gain mystical insight.

en·the′o·gen′ic (-jĕn′ĭk) adj.

entheogen

A psychoactive agent (e.g., ayahuasca, peyote, psilocybin mushrooms) which is used in a mystical or shamanic context, allegedly to enhance healing, transcendence, revelation, meditation, psychonautics or psychedelic therapy.

Traditional (plant) entheogens
Amanita muscaria, ayahuasca, cannabis, Ipomoea tricolor, peyote, psilocybin mushrooms, Salvia divinorum, Tabernanthe iboga and uncured tobacco.
 
Chemical entheogens
DMT, ergine, ibogaine, mescaline, muscimol, psilocybin and salvinorin A.
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Part autobiography, part introduction to entheogens and visionary substances, "The Toad of Dawn: 5-MeO-DMT and the Rising of Cosmic Consciousness" by Dr.
Drawing on fieldwork and interviews with users of entheogens including ayahuasca, vaporised DMT, and 5-MeO-DMT toad venom, I argue that a left willing to open itself to these experiences could gain a new standpoint from which to oppose and outflank capitalist ecocide.
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The 'subject of entheogens actually feels dangerous to write about, and yet there is enormous irony in this: just as neuroscience is telling us that our sense of self is extremely malleable, even an illusion, society is fighting harder than ever to make sure that people are not free to play with themselves.
This virtual haven has many names, one of which is the entheosphere: a mind-space concerned with entheogens, psychedelic drugs that are ingested with a view to consciousness expansion and spiritual enlightenment (Ott 1995: 88).
It is clear that the ancients made a very thorough investigation of all vegetation they encountered as a potential food source, medicine, entheogen, weapon, or even fuel source, such as the use of Peganum harmala in hard Iranian winters (Flattery & Schwartz 1989).
Ayahuasca, classifiable as an entheogen, is a psychoactive brew originating in the Amazon Basin region of South America.
Amanita muscaria is a special example of such drugs, being both a potential entheogen and cited as a medicinal herb in rejuvenating therapy (rasayana) with its effects described as hallucinogenic and stimulating the nervous system, invoking "vivid dreams" and "recollections of old memories and supernatural feelings (Puri 2003, 1977).
Using an entheogen is not a matter of becoming healthier or even wiser.
It is worthy noticing that despite a close relationship with entheogens, indigenous populations only suffered from collective drug abuse problems after contacting with Western societies and being subjected to acculturation (Mabit, 2007).
Sikuani shamans chew capi (Banisteriopsis caapi) and inhale yopo powder (Anadenanthera peregrina) as entheogens (psycho-active substances).