- a hallucinogenic crystalline solid, C12H17N2O4P, obtained from the mushroom Psilocybe mexicana.
Origin of psilocybin
1955–60; < New Latin Psilocyb(e) genus of mushrooms (< Greek psīló(s) bare + kýbē head) + -in2
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It lasts several hours longer than either MDMA or psilocybin, and it has the greatest risk profile of any psychedelic.Is LSD Good for You?
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It is common to have a bad psychological reaction to LSD, mescaline, and psilocybin.
Lysergic acid (LSD), mescaline, and psilocybin cause illusions and hallucinations.
- a crystalline phosphate ester that is the active principle of the hallucinogenic fungus Psilocybe mexicana. Formula: C 12 H 17 N 2 O 4 P
C20: from New Latin Psilocybe (from Greek psilos bare + kubē head) + -in
Word Origin and History for psilocybin
1958, from Modern Latin psilocybe, name of a Central American species of mushroom, from Greek psilos "bare" (see psilo-) + kybe "head."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A hallucinogenic compound obtained from the mushroom Psilocybe mexicana.
- A hallucinogenic compound obtained from certain mushrooms, especially of the genus Psilocybe. Chemical formula: C12H17N2O4P.
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