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History of Entheogens

An entheogen, meaning “generating the divine within”, is a hallucinogenic substance used in a religious, shamanic, or spiritual context. Entheogens have been used in a ritualized context for thousands of years; their religious significance is well established in anthropological and modern evidences (see links below). Examples of traditional entheogens include: peyote, psilocybin mushrooms, ayahuasca, Salvia divinorum, Tabernanthe iboga, and Amanita muscaria.

Videos about the Historical Use of Entheogens

Shamans of the Amazon (Full Length Documentary)

Manifesting the Mind (Full Length Documentary)

Articles about the historical use of various entheogens

History of the Peyote Cactus and the Native American Church

The Road to Eleusis: Unveiling the Secret of the Mysteries

Has the Mystery of the Eleusinian Mysteries been Solved?

Soma, Divine Mushroom of Immortality

History of Amanita muscaria

Entheogens: Reflections on Psychoactive Sacramentals

Want to learn more? Then make sure to read these books about the history of entheogens…

Persephone’s Quest: Entheogens and the Origins of Religion

The Wondrous Mushroom: Mycolatry in Mesoamerica

Entheogens, Myth, and Human Consciousness

The Road to Eleusis: Unveiling the Secret of the Mysteries

Plants of the Gods: Their Sacred, Healing, and Hallucinogenic Powers

Books about the more recent social history (Last 50 Years)

Lysergic 2nd Edition

To Live Outside the Law: Caught by Operation Julie, Britain’s Biggest Drugs Bust

LSD My Problem Child: Reflections on Sacred Drugs, Mysticism and Science

LSD: Doorway to the Numinous: The Groundbreaking Psychedelic Research into Realms of the Human Unconscious

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

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