The term, “Entheogen,” was coined by of a group comprised of Carl A. P. Ruck, Jeremy Bigwood, Danny Staples, Jonathan Ott, and R. Gordon Wasson as published in The Road to Eleusis. The term can be described as meaning a substance that enables “becoming the divine or god within.”
“Entheogen” was developed as an alternative to “hallucinogen” and “psychedelic.” The use of the term “hallucinogen” for such substances was inappropriate because it misrepresented the experience: hallucinations being rare and not descriptive of a spiritual or religious experience. The use of the term “psychedelic” for such substances was considered inappropriate because it had an incorrect verbal formulation and had become problematic because of its expanded misuse in popular culture.
The term “Psychedelic” was originally developed by Humphrey Osmond in response to a proposal from Aldous Huxley. The original proposed term can be described as meaning “soul or mind manifesting.”
The League understands the preference for the term “Entheogen,” but accepts “Psychedelic” as a close synonym considering the original intended definition.
The League advocates for religious freedom; NOT for use of illegal substances. Users of entheogens should be aware of laws pertaining to their jurisdiction and circumstance. For those using entheogens, set (proper state of mind/body) and setting (proper environment) are critical safety factors.
An entheogen user should have reached the age of majority, mentally capable of making an informed decision.
The use of an entheogen must be voluntary.
The person should want or desire to have a spiritual or religious experience.
The person should be healthy in body and mind, unless the entheogen is being specifically used as a therapeutic (in such a case the therapeutic entheogen should be administered by a therapist intimately familiar with its effects).
The person should assure that the entheogen is not contra-indicated due to other medicines/drugs the person may be taking or other health condition.
The environment must be safe, secure, and comfortable; preferably a church or home.
Another person (e.g., guide, designated drug free person, etc.) should be present at all times and it is considered mandatory for first time users.
The dosage amounts should be carefully monitored and obtained from a reliable source (this is one of the greater dangers/risks of governments making entheogens illegal).
Nature is a beautiful and awe inspiring setting, but may be problematic due to legal restrictions.
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