Psychedelic Terminology


Because I discuss different drugs on this blog, I am using different words that most people don’t understand, so I want to break down most of these words:

  • Hallucinogenic drugs. Hallucinogens are a class of pharmacological agents that are divided into three categories: 1. Psychedelics. 2. Dissociatives. 3. Deliriants. These drugs induce changes in perception, thought and emotion by making their users hallucinate.
  • Psychedelic drugs. Psychedelics are a class of hallucinogens that help people reach higher states of consciousness and have deep spiritual experiences. The term “psychedelic” derives from Greek words ψυχή (psyche, “mind”) and δηλείν (delein, “to manifest”). It means “mind manifesting” or also “soul revealing”. The implication is that psychedelics help people expand their minds and come up with concepts and ideas that they wouldn’t have otherwise, or they hardly would. Some of the classical psychedelics are: LSD, psilocybin, mescaline, DMT, 2C-B and so on.
  • Dissociatives. Dissociatives are a class of hallucinogens that produce feelings of disconnection, detachment, and dissociation from the environment and the sense of self.
  • Deliriants. Deliriants are a class of hallucinogens that, even at low dosages, give their users strong hallucinations, whereas psychedelics and dissociatives have certain stages of perception distortion before reaching solid levels of hallucinations.
  • Tryptamines. Tryptamine is a monoamine alkaloid found in animals, plants and fungi. Many of the most important neurotransmitters in our bodies are tryptamines, like serotonin, DMT, and also many psychedelic drugs are. Examples: psilocybin, ibogaine, 4-AcO-MET and more.
  • Alkaloids.  Are a class of nitrogenous organic compounds of plant origin which have pronounced physiological actions on humans. Some of them include morphine, harmaline, cocaine, ibogaine and many others. Some of them are toxic, others are not.
  • Lysergamides. Lysergamides are amides of lysergic acid. They are a class of compounds derived from alkaloids of a group of fungi known as ergot in the claviceps genus. These compounds typically have strong psychedelic effects. Examples: LSD, LSA, LSH, LSZ, AL-LAD, ETH-LAD and plenty more.
  • Phenethylamines. Phenethylamine is a trace amine and influencer of many neurotransmitters, such as dopamine and serotonin. It functions as a monoaminergic neuromodulator and, to a lesser extent, a neurotransmitter in the human central nervous system. Phenethylamine plays and important role in feelings of affection and this tends to manifest in empathy, love and sociability enhancement effects. Examples: 2C-B, DOM, MDMA, Mescaline and many more.
  • Beta-Carboline. Beta-carboline alkaloids are alkaloids that have hallucinogenic psychoactive properties. They also serve as monoamine oxidase inhibitors and are often added to ayahuasca brew.
  • Entheogens. Entheogens are compounds that are also known as “generating the divine within”. They are used in religious and spiritual ceremonies that are often guided by shamans. These compounds are obtained from natural sources. Some of these include: ayahuasca, morning glory seeds, hawaiian baby woodrose seeds, iboga, peyote and many more.