Hallucinogenic Drugs have had a stigma attached to them through the decline in their therapeutic and spiritual use and subsequent rise in purely recreational use (and abuse). This stigma (as well as political motivation) lead to their criminalization. Recently, the therapeutic value of many of these drugs is being re-examined – both their effects in controlled medium-to-large doses in specific environments and in day-to-day microdoses – and reintroduced to society. I believe that alongside this, we should also examine their spiritual uses – which typically involves taking large doses in completely and expertly controlled environments as a sacrament during ritual to induce Gnosis. In the following document I hope to outline the practical application of a few of these sacraments, focusing on DMT, Psilocybin, and LSD.
DMT can be consumed either orally as Ayahuasca (though other plants added to the mix will affect the experience), orally alongside an MAOI as Pharmahuasca, or vaporized. DMT has been referred to as “The Spirit Molecule”, due to the intense and distinctly spiritual nature of the experience, and “The Businessman’s Trip”, as when DMT is vaporized the effects only last around 15 minutes with distinctly stimulant-like increase in mood as an aftereffect. A large (typically 55-65 mg, vaporized) or “breakthrough” dose of DMT will lead to a state of Syncretic Gnosis. Once ingested, you will find yourself transported to another world where you are able to interact with entities typically either in a party or board meeting like setting, typically returning with a message, goal, or lesson learned. Which entities are present, the specific setting, and subsequent interaction will be affected and directed by the preceding ritual and personal paradigm. DMT is particularly useful for contact or identification of specific entities and Gods, divination, and spirit/energy healing. DMT works best when used for contact with “high vibration”/right-hand path/angelic and neutral entities, Salvinorin A is a better choice if the spirit in question is distinctly “low vibration”/left hand path/demonic, though DMT will usually still work.
Psilocybin is the psychedelic component found in over 200 species of Magic Mushrooms. Psilocybin is ingested orally either by eating dried mushrooms or drinking a tea made from them. Doses starting at Terrence McKenna’s famous “five grams, by yourself, in a dark room” and higher will induce a state of Transcendent Gnosis, lasting 4-8 hours, however, it is worth noting that not all mushrooms are created equal and some are much more potent than others – be careful! In this state you are able to remember your godhood and feel the connection of all consciousness. This state is ideal for channeling and invocation work, as well as for simply examining consciousness and growing closer to Godhood. Psilocybin is best used for examining the Divinity in yourself and other humans – though it also makes you aware of any spirits in your immediate location, Mescaline is better for “vision quests” or examining the Divinity in yourself and your community in relation to external transcendent and local spirits.
Alongside LSD, I would like to mention LSA and LSH. These drugs vary in specific effect and strength, but all work as a door to the subconscious. They are the most “recreational” of the psychedelic drugs and create a state where your subconscious mind merges with your conscious mind, creating a kind of Local Gnosis, which elevates your consciousness closer to Godhood, while maintaining your individual identity and stay rooted in your physical body (DMT distances you from the physical but you maintain your identity, Psilocybin distances you from individual identity but you stay rooted in the physical). This is useful for “self hypnosis”, spell casting, enchantment, and learning/practicing new magical techniques and paradigms, as the effects of the drug allow an image and meaning to be quickly burned into your subconscious, where it will remain when you return to baseline sobriety. However, this also makes these drugs dangerous, especially in high doses– external influences can act as a kind of brainwashing and cause persistent changes to a person’s thought patterns.
Obviously this is not a comprehensive list of Entheogens and drugs that have spiritual potential, just a quick examination of some of the common ones that can be used for each of the kinds of Gnosis sought through ritual. All information gathered and presented is for entertainment and research purposes only, as these substances remain illegal for the most part.