researcher Humphrey Osmond
coined the term psychedelic in 1956, in a letter to Aldous Huxley
. It is from the greek roots psyche
, meaning mind
, and delos, meaning revealing
. It was coined as a reaction against the terms hallucinogenic
s) and psychotomimetic
), which Osmond felt were both loaded and inaccurate when applied to drugs like LSD
To fathom Hell or soar angelic,
Just take a pinch of psychedelic
- from Osmond's letter to Huxley.
See the Essential Psychedelic Guide and the psychedelic drugs node for more on the psychedelics.