Monday, December 12, 2011

What is an Entheogen?


Entheogen is a compound term that means "containing deity" or "the god within"; a plant or chemical substance taken to enhance a primary religious experience, for example: peyote cactus as used in the Native American Church. The word refers to nonaddictive artificial and natural substances that induce alterations of consciousness similar to those documented for ritual ingestion of traditional shamanic inebriants. Entheogen is a replacement for the words "hallucinogen," and "psychedelic," which have a much more negative connotation.