Peyote (Lophophora williamsii)


Peyote, considered a living god, El Mescalito had a long history of use among the natives of northern Mexico and Southwestern USA – at least 5700 years, say archeologists. Then it was demonized and driven underground by the Spanish conquerors in the 16th century. But thanks to the wonders of modern cultivation, you can have one of these sacred Lophophora williamsii in your own home.

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Peyote (Lophophora williamsii): El Mescalito, considered a living god

The Spanish named the demonic plant peyote, from the Nahuatl word peyotl. It’s is a small cactus with fuzzy tufts instead of spines that rarely rises more than 3-4 cm above the soil surface, the largest part of the cactus being its long underground taproot.

Peyote is native to southwestern Texas and Mexico, growing in scrubby desert and preferring limestone soil. Currently in Texas it has been over-harvested and its habitat increasingly used for ranching, to the point that peyote is listed as an endangered species. This is made worse by the fact that peyote is extremely slow growing, though cultivated ones grow faster, with mature, flowering and harvestable (approx 3 inches in diameter) adult cacti taking less than three years to grow from seed.

Only in the 1900s did peyote publicly rear it psychedelic head again, with the establishment of the Native American Church and the legal protection it was given for peyote rituals. Aldous Huxley tried mescaline under the supervision of Dr. Humphrey Osmond in 1953 and noted: "This is how one ought to see, how things really are." Huxley published his classic Doors of Perception about his mescaline experiences the following year.


Peyote is another of nature’s wonderful chemical factories, making more than 50 alkaloids. The most interesting of these is the powerful entheogen mescaline, which makes up about 0.3% of the fresh cactus and 1-2% dried.


The bit of the cactus above ground develops disc-shaped "buttons" that can be sliced off. Anywhere from 4 to 12 buttons are cut and chewed either fresh or dried, or made into tea.

Buttons should be sliced off at ground level or slightly above in order for new ones to grow. If you re-root your cactus by laying it in a porous, sandy soil or vermiculite/perlite mix and water regularly (allowing it to dry out between soakings), new roots will form from the cut base.

How To Dose Mescaline Cacti Properly

Peyote is extremely bitter and most people feel nausea before they feel the onset of psychoactive effects. Try not to eat anything for at least 6 hours – you’ll keep the buttons or tea down longer and extract more of the mescaline before you (inevitably) empty your stomach. Once intoxicated, you will probably feel your body temperature and heart rate rise, creating sweating and flushed skin. Remain calm; this is normal.

All general advice regarding powerful psychedelics applies (good set & setting, importance of an experienced guide or sitter if it’s your first time, not mixing with other medicines or alcohol, etc). Finally, have faith in the validity of your experience and try to integrate what you learn into your life. Peyote is a very special ‘helper’ plant and not to be taken casually.

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    Sehr schöne Pflanze
    kraftvolle und lebendige Pflanze, in guter Verpackung. Kann Zamnesia nur empfehlen


    Red/rot spots
    The delivery time was good but unfortunately it arrived with visible damage including red spots, a cut and rot, i've tried allowing it to heal for 2 weeks but it's gotten worse, not sure if this happened during delivery, i'm giving it 2 stars for now but hope to give it a better rating when I order my next Lophophora W soon. Hopefully this is a rare case.


    Ottimo prodotto, pianta in salute.


    Nice cactus
    It's already growing nicely in its new pot at the in front of the window. Quality cactus


    È una bella pianta, curata e in salute!


    La pianta è arrivata perfettamente impacchettata e senza nessun problema.


    Expédition soignée
    Très satisfait de cette commande : le peyote est arrivé soigneusement emballé et se porte bien. J'ai pu utilisé les différentes pages conseils sur le site pour le rempoté et me guider dans les premières démarches (arrosage, ...)


    Molto bello, sano e arrivato ben impacchettato


    Bien reçu et en bonne position sur le balcon pour s'épanouir... Je vais attendre qu'il grossisse un an ou deux ...


    Excellent Plant
    Could not have received a more vibrant, reproductive plant. Not only was there a second cactus sprouting from the largest of the 3 I purchased, but in the years since I purchased it, the plant has flowered and fruited numerous times each season, producing many seeds. Came well packed and in good condition.

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