entheogen


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en·the·o·gen

 (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.

[Greek entheos, possessed; see enthusiasm + -gen.]

en·the′o·gen′ic (-jĕn′ĭk) adj.
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This word is entheogen, a substance that allows the deity to reside within the human.
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LSD is used mainly as an entheogen, recreational drug, and as an agent in psychedelic therapy.
Tobacco had long been in use as an entheogen in the Americas, but upon the arrival of Europeans in North America, it quickly became popularized as a trade item and a recreational drug.
The purpose of the experiment was to test the drug's reliability as an entheogen (a psychoactive chemical.)
Your desk dictionary, if it's not very new, probably doesn't have an entry for entheogen, but Wikipedia.org can tell you that the term, which dates from 1979, "was coined as a replacement for the terms 'hallucinogen' ...
Thousands of supporters have signed up to support the campaign run by the Entheogen Defence Fund.
I believe peyote to be an "entheogen" -- a "god-manifesting" or "god-containing" plant.