PEYOTE (LOPHOPHORA WILLIAMSII): EVERYTHING THERE IS TO KNOW

PEYOTE (LOPHOPHORA WILLIAMSII): EVERYTHING THERE IS TO KNOW

 

WHAT IS PEYOTE? 

 

Peyote is a small, wild, thorny cactus that contains the psychotropic substance mescaline. The use of mescaline by American indigenous peoples may be 5,500 years old and possibly even more.

Mescaline is a hallucinogen that can produce radically altered states of consciousness. Often pleasant and enlightening with intense visual experiences that were an important part of the ritual and shamanic use. From a recreational point of view, mescaline does not cause addiction, rather it has an anti-addiction characteristic. If it is used more than four or five days in a row it stops working. In the weeks following the main hallucinogenic experience, mescaline leaves a carefree feeling of optimism without anxiety.

There are numerous subspecies of peyote with different colors but they all possess the same characteristics. They are a short, bulbous species that grows no more than seven centimeters. They have flattened spherical protrusions divided by large ribs that can grow up to fifteen centimeters in diameter. If allowed to grow, the bumps can form clusters like large corals. They do not have the typical spines of cacti, but small raised areoles from which jets of white down come out.

Peyote blooms sporadically. A white or pink flower will emerge quickly, passing from a small imperfection on the skin to a bud, and finally to a flower in a few days. When the plant is fertilized, the flower closes and dries up. Meanwhile this is replaced with an oblong pink fruit. If the fruit is left to dry it tends to resemble the reddish pod of a seed. Inside, the flat, black seeds are ready to become new peyote cacti.

 

The spherical protuberances, or crowns, are collected by precisely cutting the sphere at the base, where it meets the root body. The wound will form a callus and a scar from where a new jet will start. Then we proceed with drying. This increases the mescaline content from less than 1% up to 3-6%.

PEYOTE (LOPHOPHORA WILLIAMSII): EVERYTHING THERE IS TO KNOW

Peyote is a small, wild, thorny cactus that contains the psychotropic substance mescaline. The use of mescaline by American indigenous peoples may be 5,500 years old and possibly even more.

 

Mescaline is a hallucinogen that can produce radically altered states of consciousness. Often pleasant and enlightening with intense visual experiences that were an important part of the ritual and shamanic use. From a recreational point of view, mescaline does not cause addiction, rather it has an anti-addiction characteristic. If it is used more than four or five days in a row it stops working. In the weeks following the main hallucinogenic experience, mescaline leaves a carefree feeling of optimism without anxiety.

 

There are numerous subspecies of peyote with different colors but they all possess the same characteristics. They are a short, bulbous species that grows no more than seven centimeters. They have flattened spherical protrusions divided by large ribs that can grow up to fifteen centimeters in diameter. If allowed to grow, the bumps can form clusters like large corals. They do not have the typical spines of cacti, but small raised areoles from which jets of white down come out.

 

The most important ingredient for peyote cultivation is patience. Remember that Lophophora Williamsii is a cactus, and cacti grow slowly. I peyote even more slowly. But luckily with a little attention, and with a meticulous grower, you can accelerate the growth rate compared to the natural one. Native to Mexico and southwestern Texas, peyote thrives in harsh conditions and nutrient-poor soil. To imitate these conditions as much as possible must be the goal of the peyote grower. Making the soil is easy: just customize a pre-prepared mix for succulent plants at home. Climate management, on the other hand, becomes complex in the cooler areas of the Earth, and can mean the use of terrariums, greenhouses and heating mats. The peyote must take as much light as possible to have a simulation of its home in the rarefied air of the Chihuahua desert.
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