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  • n. A psychoactive substance used for the purpose of inducing a mystical or spiritual experience.

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  • Note: the word entheogen refers to a psychoactive plant or chemical used in a spiritual or religious context.

    Cannabis Culture Magazine

  • LSD is not a narcotic substance, Feldmar tried to explain, but an entheogen.

    Canadian Professor Denied US Entry For Taking LSD in 1967 | Impact Lab

  • SOMA (from Brave New World by Aldous Huxley) - Named after the food of the Hindu gods, soma is a narcotic, aphrodisiac and entheogen used in the ritual worship of Our (Henry) Ford.

    5 Drugs From Science Fiction

  • Definitely concur on the entheogen connection: at the height of every such experience, I've 'seen' great vistas of fractal patterns and structures.

    Mandelbrot Fractals

  • At the climax of the fast, one drank a powerful entheogen.

    Experiencing the Next World Now

  • After all, the Church had descended from the Eleusinian rites that sported nine-day fasts—capped by a potent entheogen.

    Experiencing the Next World Now

  • The psychedelic medicine community, the "entheogen movement," as he calls it, is almost exclusively made up of upper middle class, white male academics.

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  • God's children's free exercise of religious liberty may include entheogen sacraments to mediate communion with their maker.

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  • Anyone wondering how the Supreme Court will view this needs to look at what they did about another entheogen (or mind-altering sacrament) called DMT -- which happens to be one of the most powerful 'drugs' known to man ...

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  • Given the similar proclaimed effects of cannabis along with it's extensive use by various religions throughout history, it becomes unfathomable for the Supreme Court to deny it's status as an entheogen and, therefore, legitimate religious sacrament.

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  • “Unlike the psychedelic painter Alex Grey, whose art conveys a true believer’s faith in the reality of an ultimately beneficent divinity accessible by means of “entheogens” — drugs that activate inner gods — and practices like meditation and chanting, Mr. Tomaselli teeters on the agnostic line between belief and skepticism.”

    The New York Times, Picturing a Mind-Blowing World Made of Drugs, by Ken Johnson, October 7, 2010

    October 9, 2010

  • An entheogen, in the strictest sense, is a psychoactive substance used in a religious or shamanic context. Entheogens generally come from plant sources which contain molecules closely related to endogenous neurochemicals. They occur in a wide variety of sacraments of various religious rites UDV/NAC and have been shown to directly provoke what users perceive as spiritual/mystical experiences.

    The word entheogen is a neologism derived from the ancient Greek : ἔνθεος (entheos) and γενέσθαι (genesthe). Entheos literally means "god (theos) within", translates as "inspired" and is the root of the English word "enthusiasm". The Greeks used it as a term of praise for poets and other artistscitation needed. Genesthe means "to generate". So an entheogen is "that which generates God (or godly inspiration) within a person".
    _Wikipedia

    February 4, 2008