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Term: psychedelic

Literally meaning: “revealing soul or mind manifesting

Origin: Anc Greek
δηλόω-ώ/deloo(="make visible, reveal, manifest) > δήλος/delos(=visible, clear)
+ ψυχή/psichi>ψύχω/psicho(=blow, breath). A psyche in mythology means a butterfly or the soul spirit, breath or. life.

Coined/History
by British psychologist Humphry Osmond (1917 - 2004) wrote to his friend Aldous Huxley in 1957 seeking a word to use as a reference for hallucinogenic drugs. Huxley responded in verse: “to make this mundane world sublime/Take half a gram of phanerothyme.” His word, “phanerothyme” was a combination of the Greek words for “manifest” (phaneros) and “spirit” (thumos). However, it was Osmond’s reply that stuck: “To fathom Hell or soar angelic/Just take a pinch of psychedelic (a combo of “soul” (psuche) and “to manifest” (deloun).

Definition
Psychedelic is a mental state characterized by intensified se sensory perception, sometimes accompanied by hallucinations, distortions of perception and altered states of awareness.

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