Peyote

What is it?

Peyote is a small spineless cactus and it's priciple active ingredient is mescaline. Mescaline is a hallucinogen and is used as a recreational drug. It was used by natives by Mexico and Southwestern United States for religious ceremonies.

How it's Taken into the Body

The crown of the cactus has a disk-shaped buttons that are cut from the plant, sliced, and dried. The dried buttons can be chewed or soaked in water to produce intoxicated liquid. Because the extract is so bitter, some boil the cactus for several hours to prepare a tea.

Street/Slang

  • Buttons
  • Mesc
  • Bad Seed (Marijuana combined with Peyote)
  • Half Moon
  • Hikori
  • Hikuli
  • Hyatari
  • Nubs
  • P
  • Seni
  • Tops

Affects on the Body

Short Term:

  • increases body temperature, heart rate and blood pressure
  • loss of appetite
  • usually causes vomiting before entering dreamlike stage
  • feeling of nausea
  • sleeplessness, numbness, and weakness

Long Term:

  • experiencing past hallucinations long after digesting the drug

Signs of Abuse

  • anxiety and/or panic attacks
  • confusion
  • rapid heart rate
  • delusions

Dependence/Addiction

Factors:

  • Physical environment
  • Sense of well being
  • Strength of dosage
  • State of mind
  • Prior experiences

Characteristics:

  • Euphoria
  • change in personality
  • dilated pupils
  • distorted perceptions
  • increase/lose of appetite