drugs have been described as psychoactive because of the noticeable changes they produce in the mind.

there are many terms applied to psychoactive substances, each implying different things about the use and effects.

many terms are used loosely, especially by sensationalist propaganda sources.


there are numerous naturally occuring psychoactives, from iboga root bark, to sea snail saliva. Until recently most drugs were aquired directly from plant or animal sources, however chemical analogues of natural compounds, as well as novel synthetic compounds, are becoming increasingly available.

food is psychoactive, even water is psychoactive, however the common affects that these produce seem insignificant compared to the radical mental changes some drugs can produce.

psychedelics are a roughly classified group of potent compounds, most of them illicit in the industrial world. this group of psychoactives produce their effects primarily, but not exclusively, through their actions on the serotinergic, noradrenergic and dopaminergic pathways of the central nervous system.

an ethenogen is a substance that provides a key to ethnogenic experience, usually considered to have beneficial effects on the user, such as healing, increased understanding or personal revelation.

hallucinogen is a term applied to psychoactives that produce 'visions' that arn't easily integrated or interpreted after the experience.

a narcotic referes to a substance that produces desirable effects on the user, usually combined with a degree of sedation or disinterest in the object world. this term is very vauge and is regularly misused by all manner of 'experts'. why not add to the confusion and refer to your brekfast cereal as a narcotic too? after all it is desirable, and it helps you relax as you digest the substances.


alcohol - yeast fungus


lsd - fungus

peyote cactus

cocoa bean

willow bark





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