A term derived from the Greek 'entheos', directly translated to mean having
"God (theos) within" or more loosely translated as "inspired" and 'genesthe' meaning "to generate". 'Entheos' was typically used to describe
poets, musicians and other artists who were believed
to receive their
gifts from the divine. The word entheogen thus
as meaning "that which generates
God/the divine in a person". The term was first coined in 1979 as a replacement for 'psychedelic' and 'hallucinogen' which
both carry with them
certain denigrating connotations. The cultures of those who use psychoactives that fall
within the category of entheogen (or enthnobotanical, a related term which
refers specifically to psychoactive plants) and those who use such substances for 'recreational' or secular uses are in some cases, strongly at ends, and in others allied. Entheogen is a term to be used in strict reverence of substances that act as divine sacraments and facilitate transcendent experiences.
I participated in the ritual use of the entheogen, Mescaline/Peyote when
I went on a spirit
walk at the Peyote Way Church in Arizona.