Trippy Tales: The History of 8 Hallucinogens

János Csongor Kerekes (CC BY-SA 2.0)

János Csongor Kerekes (CC BY-SA 2.0)

via Live Science:

Humans have been ingesting mind-altering substances for a very long time. Hallucinogen-huffing bowls 2,500 years old have been found on islands in the Lesser Antilles, and traditional cultures from the Americas to Africa use hallucinogenic substances for spiritual purposes. Here are some notable substances that send the mind tripping.

8. LSD

LSD is commonly known as “acid,” but its scientific name is a mouthful: lysergic acid diethylamaide. The drug was first synthesized in 1938 from a chemical called ergotamine. Ergotamine, in turn, is produced by a grain fungus that grow on rye.

LSD was originally produced by a pharmaceutical company under the name Delysid, but it got a bad reputation in the 1950s when the CIA decided to research its effects on mind control. The test subjects of the CIA project MKULTRA proved very difficult to control indeed, and many, like counter-culture writer Ken Kesey, started taking the drug for fun(and for their own form of 1960s enlightenment).

7. Ayahuasca

6. Peyote

5. ‘Magic’ Mushrooms

4. PCP

3. Ibogaine

2. Salvia

1. Ecstasy

Go here to read the rest of the list.

  • Virtually Yours

    Putting ecstasy on this list is extremely misleading…you’re more likely to get psychedelic effects from marijuana. However, it does mix rather nicely with several of the other substances on this list :-)

    • Earthstar

      It is mildly psychedelic, but less so than marijuana, which depending on strain and dose (especially eaten) very mind manifesting.

      • Virtually Yours

        “marijuana (especially eaten) very mind manifesting” You’re not kidding…way too strong for me, though some people seem to enjoy it.

        Still, I don’t know about classifying pure MDMA as a hallucinogen: a capsule of pure MDMA (aka: “molly”) will send you rolling along your way, versus a pill of ecstasy which could be cut with virtually anything (in order to be pressed into a pill, MDMA has to be cut with something else…) But the article does not make that distinction, which surprises/frustrates/disappoints me.

        • Yūgen

          A lot of the powder going around as “molly” these days isn’t even molly and/or is cut with strange things as well.

    • Westphal Ricardo

      Psychedelism is not a synonym of hallucination. You can have hallucinations that are not from psychedelic origins, as well as you can stay lucid and have a better comprehension of reality when on a psychedelic experience (without necessarly seeing or hearing anything unusual).

      Some sound and light frequencies, when carefully arranged in specific patterns, can induce some hallucination to the brain. If you combine both of it with MDMA, bingo! You have a rave party!

    • Yūgen

      It has some psychedelic qualities but it is mild in that respect. In regards to healing though it has a lot of interesting similarities. Not nearly as psychedelic as cannabis though, no doubt, which is heavily underrated in its potential.

  • Yūgen

    This article is from 2011 by the way. I wish people would do more thorough research into these important topic than just consuming with a glance a pop culture snack designed to satisfy the inner ADD within us all and little more

  • trompe l’oeil

    psi kah day licks? Never touch the stuff.