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with these chemicals liked their effects very much. Unlike the doctors studying the drugs, they thought of them in positive ways and frequently wanted to repeat the experiences with friends outside laboratories. As this group of devotees grew in number, they sought a more favorable name for the substances and came up with psychedelics, a word coincd from Greek roots meaning "mind manifesting." The implication is that psychedelic drugs can develop unused potentials of the human mind.

At about the same time, the medical profession was using the term hallucinogens for the same compounds, meaning "causers of hallucinations." Since hallucinations are common symptoms of schizophrenia, this term carries the suggestion that the drug state is abnormal and unhealthy. The battle over names goes on. We will use psychedelics and hallucinogens interchangeably.

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