psychedelic

noun
psy·​che·​del·​ic | \ ˌsī-kə-ˈde-lik How to pronounce psychedelic (audio) \

Definition of psychedelic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a psychedelic drug (such as LSD)

psychedelic

adjective

Definition of psychedelic (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : of, relating to, or being drugs (such as LSD) capable of producing abnormal psychic effects (such as hallucinations) and sometimes psychotic states
b : produced by or associated with the use of psychedelic drugs a psychedelic experience
2 : imitating, suggestive of, or reproducing effects (such as distorted or bizarre images or sounds) resembling those produced by psychedelic drugs psychedelic color schemes
3 : of, relating to, characteristic of, or being the period of the mid- to late-1960's that is associated with the psychedelic drug culture psychedelic rock the psychedelic era/movement … the "rainbow newspaper" of San Francisco that burst onto the psychedelic scene in 1966 …— Don Lattin … speaking of stereotypes, the illustrations reject any hint of a '60s psychedelic style …— Steven Heller

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Adjective

psychedelically \ ˌsī-​kə-​ˈde-​li-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce psychedelically (audio) \ adverb

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The most famous--or notorious--of the psychedelic drugs is LSD, a compound that can be obtained from various mushrooms and other fungi but is usually created in the lab. The other well-known psychedelics are psilocybin (likewise obtained from fungi) and mescaline (obtained from peyote cactus). How psychedelics produce their effects is still fairly mysterious, partly because research ceased for almost 20 years because of their reputation, but scientists are determined to find the answers and much research is now under way. Psychedelics are now used to treat anxiety in patients with cancer, and are being tested in the treatment of such serious conditions as severe depression, alcoholism, and drug addiction.

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Unlike synthetic psychedelics such as LSD, the amount of psilocybin in magic mushrooms varies with the species, the batch, even the cap versus the stem. Catherine Ryan Gregory, Marie Claire, "The Trip of a Lifetime," 9 July 2019 Anecdotally, people also report that psychedelics like psilocybin can be taken in micro-doses to improve concentration and alertness. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Oakland becomes second US city to decriminalize magic mushrooms," 5 June 2019 This effect is more widely witnessed—and accepted by the scientific community—in large doses of psychedelics such as psilocybin. Catherine Ryan Gregory, Marie Claire, "The Trip of a Lifetime," 9 July 2019 Sanjay Singhal, the founder of Audiobooks.com, is funding research into psilocybin and other psychedelics, including a planned study into micro-dosing at the University of Toronto’s Center for Psychedelic Studies. Bloomberg, The Mercury News, "First pot, then magic mushrooms? Decriminalization is spreading," 18 June 2019 The Oakland City Council passed a resolution Tuesday night that decriminalizes certain natural psychedelics, including mushrooms, a move that makes Oakland the second city in the nation to do so. Sarah Ravani, SFChronicle.com, "Oakland decriminalizes shrooms and other natural psychedelics," 4 June 2019 Levy believes it’s only a matter of time before others — including many former cannabis executives — realize the potential of psychedelics and start to look for investors. Bloomberg, The Mercury News, "First pot, then magic mushrooms? Decriminalization is spreading," 18 June 2019 David Bronner, the vegan C.E.O. — that’s Cosmic Engagement Officer — of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps and an unapologetic evangelist for psychedelics has given $5 million. Dave Philipps, New York Times, "Ecstasy as PTSD Relief for Soldiers: ‘I Was Able to Forgive Myself.’," 1 May 2018 The true psychedelic references have increased as the awareness of psychedelics has proliferated as a mainstream thing. Max Berlinger, latimes.com, "Fashion is having a seriously psychedelic moment," 7 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

As the counterculture movement took hold, bringing with it drugs, free love, psychedelic rock and a new attitude toward American life, norms were also changing in Hollywood. Alejandro De La Garza, Time, "The True Story Behind Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood," 26 July 2019 One night, a psychedelic cumbia band would have a crowd of young people twirling on the dance floor. Kate Linthicum, latimes.com, "A queer bar in Mexico City resists attacks with love," 2 July 2019 Yellow filters on my lenses and dive mask block the stimulating blue light, enabling me to see and capture the full extent of the psychedelic spectacle. Smithsonian, "Amazing Photos Reveal the Hidden Light of Undersea Life," 25 July 2019 This is a game where every swirly psychedelic particle matters. Sam Byford, The Verge, "Tetris Effect remains transcendent on PC," 24 July 2019 The song is paired with a psychedelic video, illustrated by Luis Colindres, who also worked on the official Rezz coloring book. Kat Bein, Billboard, "The 10 Best Rezz Songs," 23 July 2019 Hanging over the blue vinyl booths in Philly THC’s middle room is a bright psychedelic painting of the late Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I, whom cannabis-consuming Rastafarians revere as the messiah. chicagotribune.com, "‘Not your normal church’: Philadelphia ‘temple’ is safe space for cannabis consumption," 23 July 2019 Kylie and Stassie made an entrance in psychedelic print catsuits from American designer Maisie Wilen and Yeezy PVC heels. Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner and Anastasia "Stassie" Karanikolaou: Best Matching Moments," 21 July 2019 Thanos goes on a psychedelic tour with Doctor Strange Markus and McFeely almost borrowed a scene from Doctor Strange. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "7 Insane Scenes That Wound Up Getting Cut From Avengers: Endgame," 19 July 2019

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First Known Use of psychedelic

Noun

1956, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1957, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for psychedelic

Noun

irregular from psych- + Greek dēloun to show, from dēlos evident; akin to Sanskrit dīdeti it shines, Latin dies day — more at deity

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psychedelic

noun

English Language Learners Definition of psychedelic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a psychedelic drug (such as LSD)

psychedelic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of psychedelic (Entry 2 of 2)

used to describe a drug (such as LSD) that affects your thinking and causes you to see things that are not real
: caused by the use of psychedelic drugs
: suggesting the effects of psychedelic drugs by having bright colors, strange sounds, etc.

psychedelic

noun
psy·​che·​del·​ic | \ ˌsī-kə-ˈdel-ik How to pronounce psychedelic (audio) \

Medical Definition of psychedelic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a psychedelic drug (as LSD)

psychedelic

adjective

Medical Definition of psychedelic (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or being drugs (as LSD) capable of producing abnormal psychic effects (as hallucinations) and sometimes psychotic states
2 : produced by or associated with the use of psychedelic drugs a psychedelic experience

Other Words from psychedelic

psychedelically \ -​ˈdel-​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce psychedelically (audio) \ adverb

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