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ˌsaɪ kɪˈdɛl ɪkpsy·che·del·ic

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  1. psychedelicadjective

    producing distorted sensory perceptions and feelings or altered states of awareness or sometimes states resembling psychosis

    "psychedelic drugs like psilocybin and mescaline"

  2. psychedelicadjective

    having the vivid colors and bizarre patterns associated with psychedelic states

    "a psychedelic painting"

  3. psychedelicadjective

    (of a mental state) characterized by intense and distorted perceptions and hallucinations and feelings of euphoria or sometimes despair

    "a psychedelic experience"


  1. psychedelicnoun

    Any psychoactive substance (such as LSD or psilocybin) which, when consumed, causes perceptual changes (sometimes erratic and uncontrollable), visual hallucination, and altered awareness of the body and mind.

    Etymology: From ψυχή + δῆλος + -ic

  2. psychedelicadjective

    Of, containing, generating, or reminiscent of drug-induced hallucinations, distortions of perception, altered awareness etc.

    Etymology: From ψυχή + δῆλος + -ic

  3. psychedelicadjective

    (Graphics etc.) Having bright colours, abstract shapes, etc. reminiscent of drug-induced hallucinations or distortions of perception.

    Etymology: From ψυχή + δῆλος + -ic

  4. psychedelicinterjection

    awesome, cool, groovy

    Etymology: From ψυχή + δῆλος + -ic

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of psychedelic in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of psychedelic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of psychedelic in a Sentence

  1. David Nutt:

    For the first time, we can really see what's happening in the brain during the psychedelic state, and can better understand why LSD (Lysergic acid diethylamide) had such a profound impact on self-awareness, this could have great implications for psychiatry.

  2. Robin Carhart-Harris:

    We're beginning to identify the biological basis of the reported mind expansion associated with psychedelic drugs.

  3. Parker Singleton:

    Our hypothesis is that in a diseased state, your brain is going to have higher energy hills and lower energy valleys. More so than a placebo, different parts of their brain can’t talk to each other, that’s why someone stuck in a negative pattern of thought could be having a hard time — in spite of new evidence they’re not able to see that there are reasons to be happy. Psychedelic therapy could flatten out that energy landscape again and allow more information to come in. It could allow depressed or anxious people to update their models of the world.

  4. George Poinar Jr.:

    It indicates that psychedelic compounds were present back in the Cretaceous, what effect it had on animals is difficult to tell, but my feeling is dinosaurs definitely fed on this grass.

  5. Rick Doblin:

    At a time when drug policy is being reevaluated, when marijuana looks like it's on the road toward legalization, when psychedelic medicine is moving forward through the FDA and we can envision a time when psychedelics are available as prescription medicines, how ayahuasca should be handled in a regulatory context is really up in the air.

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