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Post by Weedguru Higher » Tue Apr 13, 2010 10:50 am


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Cactus and dried buttons

Peyote (Lophophora williamsii) is native to the Chihuahan Desert, including portions of the Rio Grande Valley in Southern Texas, and as far south as the state of San Luis Potosi in Mexico. A small, round cactus with fuzzy tufts instead of sharp spines, it rarely rises more than an inch or so above the soil surface. The largest part of the cactus is underground in the long, carrot-like root. The above ground portion, known as the "button", contains the psychoactive ingredient. It is cut and can be consumed fresh or dried. Mescaline is the psychoactive ingredient in Peyote cactus.


Peyote has a long history of medicinal and sacramental use, generally thought to be about 7000 years. Trade in, and knowledge of, the psychoactive cactus was well established prior to the European conquest of Mexico. At that time, Spanish Inquisitors declared its use to be a crime against God. Native users, believing that the cactus would provide them with divine guidance and inspiration, became targets of ruthless evangelism. Peyote has been an item of commerce for a very long time. Most recently it has been commercially harvested in the state of Texas, though its sale is now restricted by law to the approximately 255,000 members of the Native American Church (NAC).


Generally, from 4-20 buttons, are eaten or made into tea. 500 mg is considered a standard hallucinogenic dose of mescaline.


The effects of Peyote have been described as very dream-like, drifting, almost a delirium-type state during the first couple of hours. The sensation is similar to LSD but less edgy. While hallucinations, both auditory and visual, occur, many users say that a peyote high lends itself more to inner reflection and contemplation. Much depends on the potency of the peyote and the blend of mescaline and the fifty some odd alkaloids contained in cactus.


Physical Dependence: None
Psychological Dependence: Moderate
Tolerance: Mild

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