Cactus Drug

After this presentation, you're gonna wish you heard about this drug sooner - just like we did.

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What is Mescaline?

According to, Mescaline is a hallucinogenic generally obtained from the small spineless cactus Peyote, though other types of cacti contain the drug as well. The top of the Peyote cactus is referred to as the crown and consists of disc shaped buttons that are cut off. And while this plant is extremely aesthetically pleasing, it is still a drug that really screws you up.
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How is it administered

Mescaline is administered orally by either drying the buttons, chewing them or soaking them in water and drinking the intoxicating liquid.
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Physical and Psychological effects of mescaline

Affects on the body: following the consumption of Peyote and Mescaline, users may experience intense nausea, vomiting, dilation of the pupils, increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, a rise in body temperature that causes heavy perspiration, headaches, muscle weakness, and impaired motor coordination.

All information above is provided by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Psychological effects consist of:

Vivid mental images and distorted vision

Synesthesia (perception of seeing music or hearing colors)

Altered space and time perception




Extreme anxiety or terror

Distorted sense of body (users can feel either weighted down or weightless)

Heightened sensory experiences (i.e. brighter colors, sharper visual definition, increasing hearing acuity, more distinguished taste)

Difficulty focusing, maintaining attention, concentrating, and thinking

Loss of sense of reality; melding past experiences with present

Preoccupation with trivial thoughts, experiences, or objects

Highly adverse reactions ("bad trip") including frightening hallucinations, confusion, disorientation, paranoia, and/or agitation

All psychological symptoms are provided by the Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR).

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How long do the effects of mescaline last?

The effects of Mescaline or Peyote can last anywhere from ten to twelve hours.
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tolerance, withdrawal and overdose of Mescaline

Currently no physical or psychological dependence has been reported although it may be possible. Tolerance typically develops rapidly with daily use after about 3 to 6 days. Cross tolerance can also occur with LSD. (CESAR Peyote/Mescaline notes)
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laws or social concerns about drug

Mescaline is illegal to buy, manufacture and distribute without a DEA license and illegal in other countries. However, you can literally buy it on amazon for $1.80.
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What support systems exist for the abuse of mescaline?

Abuse of mescaline or peyote affects levels of serotonin and can cause depression, along with difficulties in judgement. Hallucinations associated with the withdrawal of this drug requires some form of sedation that only a medical detox facility can give you (according to Recovery Connections).
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The Mescaline experiment: Humphry Osmond and Christopher Mayhew

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