Entheogens in Occult Traditions and the Visionary World of First Nephi

Post-enlightenment magic and occult grimoires and handbooks seamlessly blend the spiritual and physical, often obscuring naturalistic mechanisms to achieve incantations, spells, hexes, or conjurations. The Book of Mormon similarly blends the spiritual and physical to obscure the presence of entheogens to uninitiated readers.
Early Mormon experiences suggest the use of hallucinogenic substances, common at the time. The First Book of Nephi’s first episodes revolve around Lehi’s visions and then a complex serial vision from his son Nephi. Both suggest hallucinogen use. In the latter part of 1st Nephi, there is an active debate on the role of visions.