Mescaline cacti have been used by American shamans for thousands of years as a tool for modifying the consciousness of people seeking their help, and thus guiding the way to healing.
500 years ago, the first Spaniards who set foot on the lands of present-day Mexico, told how many Indians took a potion that brought them into an all-night long state of trance, being the first writings about this substance.
But it wasn't until a few decades ago that the use of cactus like Peyote or San Pedro became popular in a playful way. It was Aldous Huxley, through his book "The doors of perception", who awakened the public's interest in this substance. Nowadays thousands of people travel every year to visit American shamans to have psychedelic experiences with mescaline cactus, but luckily now you don't have to go there to do it, in this category of our smartshop you have both Peyote and San Pedro. Enjoy them!
What are the differences between San Pedro and Peyote?
The most obvious difference is in appearance, which can be seen with the naked eye. Peyote is small and bulky, ball-shaped and has no spikes, and San Pedro is elongated, with several ribs and spikes.
But the most important difference is the concentration of mescaline that each variety of cactus contains once dried. Peyote (Lophophora Williamsii) contains from 3% to 6% of the alkaloid and San Pedro (Echinopsis Pachanoi) has slightly less, usually from 2% to 4%.
Another important difference is its growth rate during cultivation, as San Pedro cactus grows quite fast, up to 40 cm. or more each year, however Peyote is really slow. Many people try to accelerate the growth of Peyote by grafting it onto a San Pedro, and the difference is quite noticeable.
What are the effects of mescaline?
This substance provokes sensory hallucinations of many kinds, visual, sound and even contact. The visions can seem quite realistic and it is very common to witness fractals and geometric patterns. Synesthesia is also very common, that is, hearing colors or being able to visualize sounds, but above all it alienates you from reality and shows you the world from a completely different perspective.
The effects can take between half an hour and an hour to start, the rise usually takes about another hour, and the plateau another 8 hours or so. From then on, the effects start to diminish until they disappear about 2 hours later, in other words, the effects can last about 10 or 12 hours altogether, even longer in some cases.
Although it is said to be less potent than other hallucinogens, mescaline alters your perception of things, provoking visions, changing the concept of space and time, and leading you to a state of introspection with unusual deep thoughts, especially because of its interaction with the hypothalamus.
Scientifically it is acting on the adrenergic receptors in the brain, affecting the production and degradation of serotonin, especially with receptors 2A, 2B, 2C and 1A, but also with those responsible for regulating dopamine.
Does it have any side or negative effects?
Like other entheogens, mescaline from cacti such as Peyote and San Pedro can cause the following unwanted effects:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Blurred vision
- Increased heart rate
- Lack of coordination
- Pupil dilation
In cases of pre-psychotic people, mescaline may contribute to a temporary psychotic episode. It is important to deal with this substance sensitively, and above all to be in a safe and friendly environment with people you trust, and it is highly recommended that some of these people act as "babysitters" during the trip.
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