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Choosing Your Terminology.

Feel more comfortable discussing psychedelics by choosing the terminology that speaks most to your healing journey!


Continue reading to learn about psychedelic-related terminology that your can add to your vocabulary for future conversations.

Terminology matters in all conversations. Choosing appropriate terminology can also create comfort when discussing a subject that is not often spoken about. This is the case with psychedelics. NautHaus wants you to find your own terminology that allows you to feel comfortable discussing psychedelics on a more regular basis which will allow you to connect and heal along your path.


The following is a list of items common to most all psychedelic experiences. We will tell you what each item means within the context of psychedelics. We will then supply you with potential terminology to make it your own. Obviously, as you journey into the realm and learn more about psychedelics, you will pick up additional terminology that is best suited for you. This is just a place to start:


The Medicine

As we discuss at NautHaus, there are MANY psychedelic substances, natural and synthetic, that exist today. Some are more common and go by many names (Magic Mushrooms and Acid), while others are not so common and are often described by their formal name (LSD derivatives and DMT derivatives).


Regardless of the medicine used, it can also be helpful to have an overarching term for all psychedelic medicines that you can used in discussion.


Terms for the Medicine IN General:
  • Medicines, Substances, Psychedelics, Entheogens, Hallucinogens, Plants, Plant Medicines, Alternative Medicines, Psychotropics.

Terms for ayahuasca:
  • Aya, Mother, Vine of the Soul, Rope of the dead, Vine, B. caapi, yagé.

Terms for psilocybin:
  • Magic Mushrooms, Shrooms, Mushrooms, Caps, Boomers, Cubes, Alice, Mushies.

Terms for LSD:
  • Acid, Dots / Microdots, Tabs, Blotters, Lucy.

Terms for DMT:
  • Fantasia, Business Man’s Trip, Dimitri, The Spirit Molecule.

Terms for Bufotenin:
  • Bufo, Toad Venom, Toad, 5-MeO or 5-MeO-DMT.

Terms for MDMA:
  • Molly, Ecstasy, Ecky, X, XTC, Love Drug, Vitamin E/X, Happy Pills. (MDA is often referred to as Sally)

Terms for Psychedelic Cacti:
  • San Pedro, Huachuma/Wachuma, Sacred Cacti, Peyote, Buttons, Mescaline, pachanoi, Peruvians, bridgesii.

We do recognize that many other psychoactive plants and substances exist, but we simply aimed to list some of the most-often used.


The Experience

When discussing psychedelics and a psychedelic experience, it is easy to jump from term to term describing your experience. It is easiest for others to follow along if your terminology is consistent throughout.


Terms for the Experience itself:
  • Trip, Journey, Experience, Ceremony, Sitting, Voyage, Ritual.

Terms for being ON the medicine:
  • Tripping, Journeying, Experiencing, Non-Ordinary Experience, In It, Non-Ordinate Space, Unzipped, Navigating, Exploring.

Terms for being OFF the medicine:
  • Landed, Normal, Back, Returned, Ordinate Space, Zipped.


The People involved

On each person’s healing journey, one will work with many individuals along the way (Therapist, Doctor, Spiritual Guides, Energy Workers, etc.) . Within the journey, it is best advised to have someone watch over the participant to ensure safety.


Terms for the PARTICIPANTS:
  • Journeyer, Voyager, Patient, Friend, Participant.

Terms for THE CAREtakers:
  • Sitter, Sober Sitter, SS, Guide, Facilitator, Shaman (often not used unless trained by a traditional Shaman).


other terms To know

Most literature on psychedelics will undoubtedly discuss the process of setting up for a safe and effective psychedelic experience. In your reading, you will come across the several common terms listed below. The names of these terms have not changed, so we have also supplied you with definitions to help you navigate any literature along your path:


Preparation and integration:
  • Preparation: The process of preparing for a psychedelic experience. This included physical, nutritional, mental, emotional, spiritual, and logistical preparation to maintain the utmost safety and efficacy.

  • Integration: The process of unpacking, understanding, and then applying the new insights your gained in your psychedelic experience. This is usually done 2+ days following a journey and is best done with a support person or team. This is especially important when using psychedelics for the healing of trauma or grief, but still important regardless of the intention.

set and setting:
  • Set: Your mindset going into your journey. This is the INTERNAL environment. This can include your mood, emotions, health, fears, current issues and stressors.

  • Setting: The EXTERNAL environment you are journeying within. This includes the location, lighting, art, music, scents, temperature, room/surroundings, and the people present.

intention and attention:
  • Intention: This is the internal goal or topic you wish to address in your psychedelic journey. Think of this as the target.

  • Attention: This is your ability to hold focus on your attention when necessary during your journey. This is honed through meditation and mindfulness exercises. Think of this as the bow and arrow.


Our Terminology at Nauthaus

At NautHaus, you’ll often find us using the following terminology:

  • Plant Medicine or Psychedelics

  • Psychedelic Journey or Experience

  • Journeying and Landed

  • Guide and Participant

Example: "At NautHaus Psychedelic Wellness, we support individuals on their healing journeys. We educate and prepare participants for their plant medicine experiences to ensure safety and efficacy while journeying. We also continue care when participants have landed by offering integration consultations to help apply all the insights gained from a psychedelic experience."

Choose your Own Terminology

We encourage you to create your own chosen terminology to get comfortable discussing this subject in your own life! If you ever need assistance, NautHaus is here for you! You can continue to learn within this space by visiting our other blog posts and our social media profiles (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn). Further, you can Contact Us today to see if we are a good fit on your care team, or book today to get started! Explore Safely!

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