Mescaline cactus are extremely important in Latin American shamanic tradition. Mescaline is a psychoactive alkaloid that causes powerful visual effects as well as a significantly altered state of consciousness. Peyote (Lophophora williamsii) is a well-known mescaline cactus from Mexico.
Other, less well-known but equally acclaimed mescaline cacti include San Pedro (Echinopsis pachanoi) and Peruvian torch (Echinopsis peruviana). We have a great assortment of mescaline cacti that are excellent for home growing. Simply insert the cuttings in soil, and the cactus will sprout roots and thrive as if nothing had occurred.
From psilocybin-containing mushrooms to DMT-producing toads, nature is full with powerful psychedelic substances. We have no idea why they are there. Some argue that these mind-altering medications dissuade potential predators. Others claim they were placed there by a higher force to allow us to encounter the divine.
Mescaline is one of these substances. The hallucinogenic alkaloid is found in various cactus species and has been used to create altered states of consciousness for thousands of years. Join us as we investigate the origins of these living forms, their consequences, and how to cultivate and eat them.
Mescaline cacti are native to the Andes Mountains, Mexico, and the southwest United States, where they have been utilized in ceremonies for about 6,000 years. The psychedelic effects are supported by the psychoactive phenethylamine alkaloid mescaline.
Academics think that the Native Americans of Texas and New Mexico were the first to employ mescaline cactus for these purposes, as demonstrated by effigies recovered in Texas’ Shumla Caves. The Huichol and Aztec peoples of Mexico also employed mescaline cactus for spiritual and ceremonial purposes.
The Spanish were the first to meet these plant species in the Old World. They documented Mexican tribespeople consuming preparations before partaking in night-long dances and trances.
Western scientists began unraveling the mysteries of mescaline cactus thousands of years after people began consuming them for their psychedelic powers. Arthur Heffter, a German pharmacologist, discovered and identified mescaline in 1897. Just over two decades later, Austrian chemist Ernst Spath synthesized the molecule for the first time.
During the 1950s, mescaline entered mainstream Western society. Through the publication of Doors of Perception, a book chronicling his psychedelic experiences, author and philosopher Aldous Huxley helped to push mescaline into the collective mind. Humphry Osmond, an entheogen enthusiast and psychiatrist, and renowned psychedelic scientist Alexander Shulgin both contributed to the molecule’s success.
Mescaline is produced by a variety of cactus species. Some are little and take a long time to grow, while others are towering giants who rise quickly. Peyote is the most well-known of the mescaline cactus. The classic cactus grows naturally from southwestern Texas to Mexico. Peyote is one of the most powerful hallucinogenic cactus species, containing 3-6% of the molecule when dried.
The spineless cactus, scientifically known as Lophophora williamsii, grows incredibly slowly. It might take up to three years for a seed to grow into a mature specimen. Even yet, peyote seldom grows taller than 7cm and wider than 12cm. The cactus resembles a bulbous “button” and occasionally blooms a single pink-white flower. Unfortunately, the cactus’ sluggish rate of development, along with overharvesting, has resulted in its endangered conservation status.
Lophophora decipiens is a distinct species of peyote. This faster-growing peyote appears nearly identical and grows to a same size. It is indigenous to the Mexican state of Coahuila and is extremely difficult to find in the wild.
San Pedro (Echinopsis pachanoi) has been utilized for at least 2,000 years in the Andes area. It flourishes in altitudes of up to 3,000 meters in Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Bolivia, and Chile’s mountain ranges. The cactus grows significantly higher than peyote and has a columnar form. It may grow an additional 40cm every year and can reach a height of 4-6m. San Pedro blooms magnificent white flowers and generates a profusion of yellow-brown spikes. Mescaline content in dried cactus is around 2.4%.
Bolivian torch (Echinopsis lageniformis) is a mescaline cactus found in Bolivia’s high deserts. Columnar species develop quickly and reach heights of 2-5m. It has eight ribs that are lined with brown spikes. Bolivian torch, also called as “wachuma” among indigenous people, has a long history. It is on the milder side of the spectrum, with only 0.56% mescaline when dried.
Magic Mushrooms Grow Kit USA’s unique breed of the world-famous Echinopsis genus is Echinopsis zamnesiana. While it may appear similar to other varieties of cactus at first sight, it has certain minor differences that tell it distinct.
This tall-growing, strong powerhouse is steeped in history and stands head and shoulders above other mescaline cacti. Ancient shamans were supposed to utilize the Echinopsis cactus in ceremonies as far back as 2,000 years ago to cleanse bad spirits and open the mind to heavenly ones. It does, however, have current uses. Echinopsis zamnesiana, a rich source of the hallucinogenic alkaloid mescaline, sends users on a profound introspective trip.
Mescaline, like MDMA, belongs to the phenethylamine class of psychoactive drugs. This categorization distinguishes mescaline from the tryptamine-class natural psychedelics psilocybin and DMT.
Following ingestion, mescaline enters the brain and begins binding to serotonin receptor sites. The molecule has a high affinity for receptors 1A, 2A, 2B, and 2C. Mescaline also binds to dopamine receptors.
Mescaline is a mild psychedelic when compared to others. It’s 4,000 times weaker than LSD and 30 times weaker than psilocybin. Regardless, a sufficiently enough dosage can create a significant altered state of consciousness. A full dosage of 200-400mg is rapidly absorbed by the gastrointestinal tract, with effects beginning roughly 30 minutes after administration. The experience peaks roughly two hours later, and the effects might linger up to eight hours.
Tripping on mescaline is a subjective psychedelic experience that will varies somewhat from person to person. Spirals, patterns, buildings, and animals are all common sightings. Synaesthesia (seeing sounds and hearing colors), as well as sensations of happiness and connectivity, are all prevalent.
“Place and distance cease to be of much interest,” Huxley said of the skewed sense of reality he experienced when under the influence of mescaline. The mind perceives in terms of the intensity of existence, the profundity of importance, and the linkages within a pattern.”
Not everyone has the ability to travel far into the Andes in quest of hallucinogenic cactus. Furthermore, vulnerable species like peyote should be let to recover from overharvesting. Fortunately, you don’t have to embark on an epic journey to experience mescaline. Because the cactus will be delivered directly to your door. Before placing a purchase, we recommend verifying the legal status of mescaline in your country.
Before you buy, think about which cactus you like and what effects you like. Check out the Magic Mushrooms Grow Kit USA store for high-quality cactus specimens of various types.
You may get the mescaline high right away by purchasing a mature cactus. Growing your own, on the other hand, is extremely fulfilling and lends a unique flavor to the experience. You may grow your own cactus from seed or clone one from a slice.
To start a cactus from seed, you’ll need some potting soil that drains well and is covered with sand. Keep your seeds wet by placing them in a propagator. It won’t be long until your seeds sprout. Place them in separate pots on a well-lit window sill and water only when absolutely dry.
Growing a cactus from a cutting is just as simple. Insert the dry base of your cutting around 5cm deep into a totally dry cactus soil mix. Place the cutting in a dry place away from direct sunshine. Over the following 3-4 weeks, your cactus will begin to root. Once your baby has rooted, place it in direct sunshine and give it a tiny amount of water mixed with nutrition solution once a week.
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