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psychedelic drug

n. a psychoactive drug that induces hallucinations or altered sensory experiences [syn: hallucinogen, hallucinogenic drug, psychodelic drug]

Psychedelic drug

A psychedelic drug is a psychoactive drug whose primary action is to alter cognition and perception, typically by agonising serotonin receptors.

Unlike other drugs such as stimulants and opioids which induce familiar states of consciousness, psychedelics tend to affect the mind in ways that result in the experience being qualitatively different from those of ordinary consciousness. The psychedelic experience is often compared to non-ordinary forms of consciousness such as trance, meditation, yoga, religious ecstasy, dreaming and even near-death experiences. With a few exceptions, most psychedelic drugs fall into one of the three following families of chemical compounds; tryptamines, phenethylamines, and lysergamides.

Many psychedelic drugs are illegal worldwide under the UN conventions unless used in a medical or religious context, such as medical cannabis or ayahuasca. Despite these regulations, recreational use of psychedelics is common.

Usage examples of "psychedelic drug".

I think weve got a psychedelic drug with some calming properties as well as some amnestic properties.

Afterwards they took a psychedelic drug and went into various states of dissociation.

It is the feeling of being outside of time, of being timeless, that is the source of ecstasy in meditation, chanting, hypnosis, and psychedelic drug experiences.

When Im at work I function better if I can get an ergot-base psychedelic drug.

It appeared that prot's vista was tantamount to being permanently high on one or another psychedelic drug.

Apollo, Athena and Tigh must have been using a newly discovered psychedelic drug when they had hatched this job for him.