[Nov 11, 2014]
Entheogens: What’s in a Name?
The Untold History of Psychedelic Spirituality, Social Control, and the CIA
By Jan Irvin
O, be some other name!
What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;
William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
Today there are many names for drug substances that we commonly refer to as “hallucinogens,” “psychedelics,” “psychoactives,” or “entheogens,” et al. But it hasn’t always been that way. The study of the history and etymology of the words for these fascinating substances takes us, surprisingly, right into the heart of military intelligence, and what became the CIA’s infamous MKULTRA mind control program, and reveals how the names themselves were used in marketing these substances to the public, and especially to the youth and countercultures.
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