First of all, there is such a thing as a hallucinogenic cactus. Cacti are very common plants that belong to the Cactaceae family. We’re all familiar with how they look like. However, there’s a good chance that you don’t know that there are several cacti species that can make you hallucinate. This is because of the presence of mescaline – a psychoactive alkaloid.
What is Mescaline & Hallucinogenic Cactus?
Mescaline belongs to the phenethylamine family and is considered as a natural psychedelic alkaloid. Arthur Heffter of Germany was the first one to identify it as a psychedelic alkaloid back in 1897. But it wasn’t until 1897 when it was synthesized for the very first time by Ernst Späth.
A hallucinogenic cactus is a cactus that is considered to have psychoactive effects when taken. There are several cacti that can be considered hallucinogenic but the most popular ones are the Peyote and San Pedro. However, Peyote is the most popular and most-used. History goes back a long way, as there have been solid proofs of usage as early as 2,000 years ago. In addition, a dig site unearthed a couple of Peyote button specimens that were traced to between 3780 and 3660 B.C. However, they were mainly used for medicinal, religious and traditional purposes.
Its direct effects were relatively unknown to the modern world until Arthur Heffter decided to experiment on himself back in 1897 to find out what the effects are. On the other hand, Carl Sofus Lumholtz was the first one to document usage by non-native Americans when he documented Texas Rangers using Peyote as an intoxicant during the American Civil War.
Under the Controlled Substances Act, both are classified as Schedule I hallucinogens. The only way that it can be used legally is for religious purposes by religious groups like the Native American Church.
What Slang Names are Mescaline & Hallucinogenic Cactus Known As?
Mescaline has several slang terms that include the following:
- Cactus (Also cactus buttons or cactus joint)
Peyote also has several slang names. Here are the most popular ones:
- Half moon
- Bad seed
What Effects Do Mescaline & Hallucinogenic Cactus Have?
It’s been documented that long-term use can lead to something similar to paranoid schizophrenia. However, it’s been said that this only happened to people that have a history of mental illness.
In addition, the effects can be classified into two – physical and psychological.
- Feeling of numbness
- Quicker reflexes
- Weakening of the muscles
- Violent vomiting
- Suppressed appetite
- Synesthesia or the feeling of being able to hear colors or see music
- 3D objects will look flat or distorted
- Different perception of time and space
- The feeling of either being weightless or being weighed down.
- Loss of focus and concentration
- Being out of touch with reality
Who Makes Mescaline & Hallucinogenic Cactus?
In addition, there are a lot of people that cultivate Peyote in plant nurseries so they can extract mescaline. It’s very easy to cultivate cacti especially since it can be grown from seeds or cuttings.
There are a lot of cacti nurseries especially around the US. However, most of them don’t carry Peyote. But majority of them carry the other species like San Pedro.
Here are some of the most popular cacti nurseries in the US:
- The Desert Plant
- A. Hugh Dial
- Cactus Gem Nursery
- Desert Plant Company
What is Mescaline & Hallucinogenic Cactus Made From?
It’s all natural. Hallucinogenic cacti are readily-available. It can also be cultivated at home. Mescaline is a chemical that’s naturally-present in cacti like San Pedro and Peyote. It’s just a matter of extracting it from the cacti.
How is Mescaline & Hallucinogenic Cactus Made?
Your only challenge is to locate hallucinogenic cacti. As previously mentioned, you can check out cacti nurseries. If you prefer, you can cultivate them as well. You just need to buy the seeds and earth from the nursery and you can grow them yourself. However, cultivating them can take anywhere from 2-10 years.
Mescaline is taken by extraction. It’s inside the cacti and you just need to extract it. There are basically three options. You can dry up the cacti and you can eat it directly or grind it. You can also simmer the cacti in water for hours, resulting in an intoxicating drink. You can also do an acid-based extraction. This would require chemicals like sodium hydroxide and xylene. Evaporation is the final process to get the powder form.
What Does Mescaline & Hallucinogenic Cactus Look Like?
The San Pedro cactus grows in columns and it looks like the Peruvian Torch cactus. On the other hand, the Peyote looks like buttons. In addition, it doesn’t have thorns.
Mescaline will be in liquid form if you chose to simmer the cacti. It will be in powder form if you choose to do the acid-based extraction. The cacti can also be dried up and grinded into powder form.
What is a Standard Dose Of Mescaline?
For beginners, the standard dose should be anywhere from 100 – 300 mg. Anything higher than that but lower than 500 mg. is already considered as a high dosage. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, all you need is 300 mg. in order to hallucinate. If you’re a long-time user who hasn’t experienced any issues, it’s been said that you can safely take dosage of up to 800 mg. While a lot of people consider 1000 mg. as the safety treshold, it’s not advisable to take something around that dosage because that would be flirting with death.
How is Mescaline Taken?
It’s usually taken orally. The water that’s used to simmer the cacti can be consumed like tea. The powder can also be added to beverages like coffee or juice. Sometimes, the powder is also added inside capsules. If in dried form, the cacti can also be eaten directly.
Where is Mescaline Taken?
Compared to the other drugs, there are relatively fewer users of this drug. For users, they usually consume the drug at home because the effects can be overwhelming when outside.
In addition, it’s still widely-taken by religious groups like the Native American Church. It’s also used in medical laboratories for medical research.