What is Peyote?

Peyote is a small, spineless cactus, technically name Lophophora williamsii. Its main active ingredient is the hallucinogen mescaline, which can be removed from the plant and produced synthetically.

How To Use Peyote

The part of the cactus that is above the ground is cut off into small, button-like pieces. These are dried, and then the user can either chew them or cook/soak them to release the intoxicating fluid.

Besides recreational use, peyote can also be used for health reasons-treatment of fractures, wounds, or snakebites.

Slang Terms (Peyote/Mescaline)

  • Magic Mushrooms
  • devil's root
  • dumpling cactus
  • mescal buttons
  • buttons
  • cactus
  • mesc
  • bad seed
  • nubs
  • tops

Effects of the Drug



-increased temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure

-loss of appetite







-hallucinogen persisting perception disorder (HPPD)

-reoccuring hallucinations long after taking the peyote

-homicidal, psychotic, or suicidal behavior


Peyote is not an addictive drug. However, users may want to use it again to get the same good feeling that it gave them.

Signs of Abuse

  • ingesting more than 0.3-0.5 grams per dose
  • using it every day