of or noting a mental state characterized by a profound sense of intensified sensory perception, sometimes accompanied by severe perceptual distortion and hallucinations and by extreme feelings of either euphoria or despair: LSD users seek the psychedelic properties of the drug, including heightened sensory experiences.
of, relating to, or noting any of various drugs producing this state, such as LSD, mescaline, or psilocybin: Researchers have long been interested in the potential therapeutic effects of psychedelic drugs for humans.
characterized by images, sounds, or feelings resembling those experienced while in the altered state produced by psychedelic drugs: Their music had a dreamy psychedelic sound, with gentle guitars and hushed vocals.The psychedelic designs of music posters in the 60s were inspired by the Art Nouveau movement of the late 1800s.
a psychedelic drug: The clinic will start treating patients with ketamine, a psychedelic.
Rare. a person who uses such a substance.
- Sometimes psy·cho·del·ic [sahy-kuh-del-ik] /ˌsaɪ kəˈdɛl ɪk/ .
- psy·che·del·i·cal·ly, adverb
- pre·psych·e·del·ic, adjective
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How to use psychedelic in a sentence
Amid the corridor’s paintings are psychedelic miniatures, framed like canvases, that respond to visitors’ presence and gestures.In the galleries: Immersive exhibit explores a wonderland in blue | Mark Jenkins | January 22, 2021 | Washington Post
They’re here for facilitated sessions using psychedelic psilocybin mushrooms.Will psychedelic mushroom vacations come to the U. S.? | Jen Rose Smith | January 7, 2021 | Washington Post
When I ask her what I should expect, she tells me that Tayos is “a psychedelic experience.”
According to the woman, her son told her that the people last seen with Quawan were high on psychedelics and that when her son attempted to enter the car, they told him no because they had recently bleached it.
Those someones—scientists in the psychiatry department of Johns Hopkins University—are part of the burgeoning field of psychedelic studies.
Miller traces his irreverent and subversive streak to a psychedelic experience during the particularly sweltering summer of 1991.DJ Spooky Wants You To Question Everything You Know About Music, Technology, and Philosophy | Oliver Jones | December 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Prior to her marriage, she joined a psychedelic rock band, Hopewell, and toured with the band through Europe for five years.The Sisterhood of Bulletproof Stockings: It’s Ladies’ Night for Hasidic Rockers | Emily Shire | September 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Then a little consortium of people in the psychedelic community—especially the most credentialed ones—presented their evidence.
The means and approval to research the psychedelic on humans is few and far between.
By the mid-1990s, Kinkade had become to the evangelical movement what Peter Max was to the psychedelic Sixties.The Drunken Downfall of Evangelical America's Favorite Painter | Zac Bissonnette | June 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for psychedelic
relating to or denoting new or altered perceptions or sensory experiences, as through the use of hallucinogenic drugs
denoting any of the drugs, esp LSD, that produce these effects
informal (of painting, fabric design, etc) having the vivid colours and complex patterns popularly associated with the visual effects of psychedelic states
- psychedelically or psychodelically, adverb
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Cultural definitions for psychedelic
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