Humphry Osmond

The Origins of the Word 'Psychedelic'

The Origins of the Word 'Psychedelic'

Osmond responded to Huxley with:

"To fathom Hell or soar angelic,
Just take a pinch of psychedelic"

This was the first time the term psychedelic was used. Osmond combined the words psyche (mind, soul, spirit) and dēlos (clear, manifest) from the Greek language to properly describe the experiences from these substances. Psychedelic translates to mind manifesting.