Psychedelic drug

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Psychedelic drugs are a subset of hallucinogenic drugs that create an exotic state of consciousness known colloquially as a "trip", an experience characterized by significant alterations in sensory perception and a subjective loss of self-identity known as "ego death". The unique effects of these drugs are of interest in neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, spirituality, and art.[1] LSD, psilocybin mushrooms, and DMT are the most well-known psychedelic drugs.

After decades of stagnation due to government restrictions, medical research in the potential therapeutic benefits of psychedelics experienced a resurgence in the 2000s.[2] In the 2010s, Silicon Valley workers and CEOs popularized "microdosing", the practice of taking small amounts of psychedelics over a period of time – which proponents claim can enhance creativity, mood, and problem-solving abilities.[3][4]

A psychonaut is a person who uses psychedelics and other methods for the purpose of exploring and investigating different states of human consciousness. Timothy Leary, a psychonaut and psychedelics advocate, was an early advocate for transhumanism.[5]