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A Peyote cactus

Mescaline' (3,4,5-trimethoxyphenethylamine) is a chemical substance. It occurs naturally in some cactuses, like the Peyote cactus, the Peruvian Torch cactus or the San Pedro cactus. Small amounts of it can also be found in certain members of the Fabaceae (bean) family, like Acacia berlandieri.

The chemical can cause hallucinations. In has been used as a drug in Native American religious ceremonies. It is illegal in many countries. Some people use it as an illegal drug.

Mescaline is used primarily as a recreational drug and is also used to supplement various types of meditation and psychedelic therapy. It is classified as a schedule I drug in the U.S., making it illegal in all forms; however, it remains legal in certain religious ceremonies registered by the Native American Church.[1] Schedule I drugs have a high potential for abuse, no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.

Use and effects[change | change source]

  • visual hallucinations and radically altered states of consciousness (psychedelic experience)
  • open and closed eye visualizations
  • euphoria
  • dream-like state
  • slowed passage of time
  • laughter
  • a mixing of senses (synesthesia, such as "seeing a sound" or "hearing colors")
  • pupil dilation

Side effects or risks[2][change | change source]

Use in Pregnancy[change | change source]

According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), researchers have found that mescaline found in peyote may affect the fetus of a pregnant woman using the drug.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Peyote And Mescaline". Archived from the original on 2021-05-18. Retrieved 2021-05-18.
  2. "What Are The Effects of Mescaline?". Archived from the original on 2021-05-18. Retrieved 2021-05-18.
  3. Abuse, National Institute on Drug (2020-08-20). "Commonly Used Drugs Charts". National Institute on Drug Abuse. Archived from the original on 2021-05-18. Retrieved 2021-05-18.