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Peyote Cacti

Peyote CactiSCIENTIFIC TERM:

Lophophora  williamsii  

STREET NAMES:

Buttons

EFFECTS:

The cacti's effects are in some ways similar to LSD, but longer lasting and more physical.  Users typically vomit before entering a dreamlike state where sound and scale distort and visions appear.  The trip can last up to 12 hours with the user deep in trance and detached from the world around them.  Increased body temperature, heart rate, blood pressure; loss of appetite, sleeplessness, numbness, weakness, tremors. Terrifying thoughts, and anxiety, fears of insanity or losing control.

DRUG FORM & METHOD OF USE:

Peyote Cacti is a small, spineless cactus whose principal active ingredient is the hallucinogen Mescaline. Mescaline can be extracted from peyote or produced synthetically. One to six buttons are held in the mouth until soft, then swallowed, either chewed or unchewed

HEALTH RISKS (long term) which includes withdrawal & tolerance:

Some users experience "flashbacks", or hallucinogen persisting perception disorder (HPPD), which are reoccurrences of hallucinations long after ingesting the drug. The causes of these effects, which in some users occur after a single experience with the drug, are not known.  Like most drugs it can make a user psychologically dependent so when they stop using it they feel depressed.

LAW:

The hallucinogen mescaline is a class A drug in the UK.  However, dried cactus can be bought and sold legally,

  1. Ken Kesey, while working as a night watchman at a psychiatric ward, was inspired to write his novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest one night while he was on the job under the influence of peyote.
  2. The Peyote Cacti is native to the South West United States, particularly South Texas, and Mexico, where it grows in dry soil.
  3. Peyote has a history of traditional use amongst native American tribes as a shamanic teacher plant that can give visions of an alternate reality or the spirit world.
  4. The effects of peyote are unique and although they can begin with nausea, this levels out to a narcotic euphoria and intense, yet pleasurable hallucinations.
  5. Peyote is extremely bitter, and most people are nauseated before they feel the onset of the psychoactive effects.
  6. Jim Morrison, lead singer of the band The Doors was known to experiment with peyote.
  7. It was in 1896 that Arthur Heffter extracted mescaline from Peyote and tested it upon himself. This was the first hallucinogenic compound isolated by man.
  8. About half an hour after ingesting the buttons of the peyote, the first effects are felt.
  9. The entire experience may last from 6 to 12 hours depending upon the individual and the amount of the plant consumed.
  10. The peyote is known botanically as Lophophora Williams.
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