The use of cacti is as old as history itself. The indigenous population of America is especially familiar with the effects of these ‘sacred cacti’. Take the Peyote, San Pedro and Peruvian Torch for example. A few morsels of a dried specimen enabled shamans to get in contact with their dead ancestors, make predictions about next year’s harvest and travel to the stars without moving a centimetre.
It was only much later that Western science discovered why this category of cacti have such an effect on us. Apart from an interesting psychoactive cocktail which makes them all unique, each of them contains mescaline.
Mescaline is a compound which in terms of structure strongly resembles LSD or psilocybin, the substance which occurs in Magic Truffles and Schrooms. That’s why it’s not surprising that the substance induces a similar effect.
Effects of Peyote Cactus and Mescaline
It’s good to know what to expect from a trip on Peyote cacti or mescaline. Some people experience a short-lived feeling of nausea within thirty minutes. In some cases you might start to sweat or have cold shivers. Keep calm, it’s part of the experience. Once the trip actually starts, these unpleasant effects pass by themselves. After one to two hours you experience a feeling of calm and acceptance. The effects are comparable to those of LSD. You can expect to experience mood swings, increased emotions and, of course, a range of hallucinations. The higher the dose, the more intense the experience.
Ideas about self-awareness, time and reality will also be turned on their heads as it seems like you are one with the universe. Your environment can ‘melt’ or ‘breathe’ making it appear as if everything lives and is connected together. In some cases a peyote experience can be transcendent. That is to say your way of thinking will be put to severe scrutiny.
The peak of the trip is reached between 2 and 4 hours after dosing and the effects slowly recede during a period of 8 to 12 hours thereafter. The total duration of the effects of a peyote trip is a maximum of 16 hours. A higher dosage can prolong the trip. For up to 24 hours.
Are there any Risks? And are these Cacti Addictive?
As with all psychedelic substances it is sensible to use them in a familiar environment accompanied by a sober trip sitter. Do not drive and keep windows and doors shut. By their nature, peyote and San Pedro work brilliantly on the senses. Colours become deeper and the forms of leaves and flowers make a trip even more intense.
What you must not do is to combine mescaline cacti with:
- Alcohol and cannabis.
- Stimulants like cocaine and amphetamines.
- Depression, anxiety or psychosis.
- MAO inhibitors such as Banisteriopsis, sedatives and medicines.
- Medication for heart conditions or for lowering high blood pressure.
- Do not use if pregnant or breastfeeding.
Cacti such as peyote and San Pedro, and also the peruvian torch, are not addictive. You will quickly build up a tolerance which needs a few days to recover from. That means you have to take more cactus to achieve the same effect.
The biggest drawback of peyote and San Pedro is that they can make you nauseous. Be sure to keep a bucket handy and some bottles of water just in case. Only take this kind of cactus trip when you feel well - then the experience will be pleasurable. Peyote and San Pedro enhance how you are feeling. If you’re feeling down then a trip is not the answer to the problem!
There are also cacti in circulation which strongly resemble San Pedro but don’t contain any hallucinatory substances. The cacti are mostly harmless but all they are is a nice decoration for the house.
Cultivating Peyote Cactus
As well as cacti in our web shop, you will find seeds and growing kits with which you can cultivate a superb cactus yourself. You have to be patient with peyote as the cactus grows very slowly by nature. But you’ll be doing a good thing. In the wild, peyote is actually an endangered plant species. All Dutch Headshop cacti are cultivated in a protected environment; thus they are not picked or stolen from mother nature.
Want to know more about cacti, cultivating them or what mescaline does to you? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with our customer service. We are here for you.