A neologism* coined by a group of ethnobotanists and scholars of mythology, for a psychoactive substance used in a religious, shamanic, or spiritual context, to replace the terms hallucinogen and psychedelic (when used as a noun)
*Entheogen–en–from within, theo–God, divine, gen–generating—generating the divine from within.
Synonyms Ethnic hallucinogen, traditional hallucinogen
A psychoactive agent, allegedly used to enhance healing, transcendence, revelation, meditation, psychonautics, art projects, psychedelic therapy, etc.*
*…and all ilk of excuses to get stoned.
Traditional (plant) entheogens Amanita muscaria, ayahuasca, Cannabis, Ipomoea tricolor, peyote, psilocybin mushrooms, Salvia divinorum, Tabernanthe iboga, and uncured tobacco
Chemical entheogens DMT, ergine, ibogaine, mescaline, muscimol, psilocybin, and salvinorin A.