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While most psychedelic substances are considered illegal in many countries, there are a few that buck the trend. From plants of the rain forest used for powerful psychedelic brews, to the mystical Morning Glory, here is a list of 10 substances that will give you a psychedelic trip.

The word psychedelic comes from the ancient Greek word psychē, which means mind or soul, and the word dēloun which means to reveal. Mind-revealing psychedelic substances can often bring on a deep level of understanding and consciousness with new insights about not only our own mind but of reality and existence.

Psychedelic substances can both be natural or synthetic. Among the most well-known psychedelics are LSD, mescaline, psilocybin and DMT. Some psychedelics can be legal while others are illegal. Here is a list of some of these naturally occurring psychedelics that are legal in some countries (sort of).



Ayahuasca (psychotria viridis) is widely used as an entheogenic in shamanistic rituals in the Amazonian region of South America. Ayahuasca is not a single plant but is the name for a brew that is made from several substances. The indigenous people of the rainforest traditionally use Psychotria viridis and Banisteriopsis caapi to make the brew, but some other plants of the rainforest are sometims used as well.

What’s noteworthy about Ayahuasca is that the individual plants used for the brew are often not having a psychedelic effect on their own. Psychotria viridis, for instance, contains naturally occurring DMT , but it is only in combination with another plant like Banisteriopsis caapi, which acts as a MAO inhibitor, that allows the DMT becomes orally active. In most countries, the plants to make Ayahuasca are legal although the extraction and possession of DMT is not.



Yopo (Anadenanthera peregrina) is a perennial tree that is native to South America and the Caribbean. The tree can grow as tall as 20m, with a horny bark and with spherical, pale yellow to white flowers.

The beans of the Yopo tree contain DMT and the alkaloid bufotenin. While the DMT in the Yopo beans is not orally active, it still makes for a mild psychoactive effect.

Yopo is traditionally consumed in the form as a snuff, but consuming it this way will cause an unyielding pain in the nostrils. Because of the pain when consuming yopo, it is usually consumed together with others who use a pipe to blow the snuff into each other’s noses.

Both active compounds in Yopo, the DMT and the bufotenin, are considered controlled substances with their extraction and possession being prohibited. The Yopo plant itself, however, is legal in most countries.

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Hawaiian Baby Woodrose

The Hawaiian Baby Woodrose (Argyreia nervosa) is a perennial climbing vine with large heart-shaped leaves and white trumpet-shaped flowers that is native to India. It is believed that the active compound in it is LSA, a naturally occurring psychedelic alkaloid which is a precursor to LSD.

When compared to LSD, and despite having a similar chemical structure, the psychedelic experience of LSA is different. It is normally milder than the effects of LSD, and generally, gives a more clear-headed and more-focused high.

While the extraction and possession of LSA is prohibited in most countries, the Hawaiian baby woodrose by itself is not.

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Mimosa Hostilis

Mimosa hostilis, commonly know as Jurema, is a perennial tree that is native to Brazil, but which can be found as far north as southern Mexico. The leaves, the bark and the roots of the tree contain the psychoactive ingredient DMT, although, as is the case with some plants that are used to make Ayahuasca, an additional MAO inhibitor is required for the DMT to become active.

The effect of Mimosa hostilis is very similar to that of Ayahuasca, but the plant isn’t traditionally used for making the brew. The psychedelic brews that are made with Mimosa hostilis are called Ayahuasca analogues or “anahuasca”.

In most countries, Mimosa hostilis isn’t on the list of controlled plants, which means that it is legal - although, the DMT that can be extracted from it makes the legal status of it sometimes ambiguous.

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Mescaline Cactus

The most widely-known of the many sacred mescaline cacti is Peyote (Lophophora williamsii), although there are other varieties such as the San Pedro cactus (Echinopsis pachanoi ) or the Bolivian Torch (Echinopsis lageniformis).

In most countries of the world, mescaline is a controlled substance and therefore illegal. The cacti which contain the mescaline, however, are not.

In Middle America, in Mexico and also in Southwestern Texas, the Peyote cactus has a vast history of being used for sacred ceremonies and shamanic rituals, with the psychedelic effect of the cactus known for many thousands of years. Although consuming mescaline is illegal in the US and other countries, the members of the Native American Church whose religion involves the sacramental use of peyote are exempt from the ban.


Morning Glory

The name morning glory is used to designate more than 1000 species of the Convolvulaceae family, which are flowers that grow in many countries of the world. Some species of morning glory have been used for different purposes since ancient times, such as Turbina corymbosa and Ipomoea tricolor. These are also known under several other names like Heavenly Blue, Pearly Gates or Flying Saucer. Evidence suggests that morning glory was used in Ancient Egypt, where it found use as a powerful aphrodisiac.

It is believed that the main active ingredient in morning glory is LSA, which is chemically similar to, and a precursor of, LSD - although with a milder effect. It is not illegal to possess morning glory plants, and many grow them for ornamental purposes. It is, however, illegal to extract or possess the LSA which is considered a controlled substance in most countries.

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Although nutmeg is available pretty much everywhere as a spice, it is surprisingly potent when consumed for its psychedelic effects. Only three teaspoons of nutmeg are needed to induce a psychoactive effect that can last up to 30 hours. The active compound in nutmeg responsible for the effect is Myristicin, which is a traditional precursor for MMDA. Besides Myristicin, nutmeg is believed to contain other psychoactive compounds as well.

Taken in low doses, nutmeg produces no noticeable physiological or neurological response. When ingested in larger doses to get a psychedelic effect, it can take up to 8 hours before the effects are felt, but the effects can then last for a long time, up to several days according to some users. Not, many say it is not a pleasant experience at all.



Salvia divinorum or Salvia for short, is sometimes called Sage of the Diviners or Seer’s Sage. It is considered one of the strongest naturally occurring psychedelics. The plant is a native to the humid cloud forests of Mexico. Priests and shamans used Salvia for many hundreds of years in sacred rituals to induce visions and spiritual experiences. Salvia is usually smoked or prepared as a tea.

The active compound in Salvia is salvinorin with the leaves of the Salvia divinorum plant containing the highest concentration of it. The Salvia divinorum plant is illegal in some countries, including most of the United States, but legal in others. Currently, it is legal in France, Portugal, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.


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Bufo Alvarius DMT

The Colorado River Toad (Bufo alvarius), also known as Sonoran Desert Toad, is a toad that secrets a poison with psychoactive properties. The glands of the toad excrete the poison that contains bufotenin and 5-MeO-DMT which may be smoked. Contrary to popular belief, the toad is not licked but “milked” since ingestion of the substance is poisonous.

Some consider the toad sacred and use the poison from it for spiritual ceremonies, most famously the members of the “Church of the Toad of Light”. The toad is a native of Arizona, New Mexico, and California and can also be found in some parts of Mexico. Although the extraction and possession of DMT and bufotenin is prohibited, using the toad for its psychedelic effects happens so rarely and is considered as so obscure that not many cases of prosecution are known.

10. Magic Truffles

Magic Truffles

Magic Truffles are the underground growths (sclerotia) of certain magic mushroom species. They look and taste different from magic mushrooms but have similar psychedelic effects. Magic truffles can make for a psychedelic experience that can range from unusual ideas and new insights to visions and deep spiritual understanding and breakthroughs.

As is the case with other magic mushrooms, the active compound in magic truffles is the psychoactive substance psilocybin. The amount of psilocybin and then the strength of the effect can vary depending on the type of magic truffles consumed and the dosage. Magic truffles are considered illegal in most countries, but can be bought legally in the Netherlands.

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Written by: Georg
Based in Spain, Georg spends a lot of his time not only geeking out at his computer but in his garden as well. With a burning passion for growing cannabis and researching psychedelics, Georg is well versed in all things psychoactive.

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