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Which Cacti contain mescaline?

Known to date, there are 16 species of cacti that contain mescaline. Hereinafter we provide a list, in which the plants with their current scientific names are listed. Until recently, some cacti were called differently. With these species, we have also given the old name, because until now many cacti are sold under the previously familiar names and also in botanical gardens sold as those. With this overview, we have in any case a valuable tool at hand.

The mescaline cacti at a glance:


Current nameOld nameAlso known as
Aztekium ritteri
Cereus jamacaru
Echinopsis lageniformis Trichocereus bridgesii
Echinopsis peruviana Trichocereus peruvianus Peruvian Torch
Echinopsis pachanoi Trichocereus pachanoi San Pedro
Echinopsis cuzcoensis Trichocereus cuzcoensis
Echinopsis deserticola Trichocereus fulvilanus
Echinopsis macrogona Trichocereus macrogonus
Echinopsis spachiana Trichocereus spachianus
Echinopsis strigosa Trichocereus strigosus
Echinopsis tacaquirensis subsp. taquimbalensis Trichocereus taquimbalensis
Echinopsis terscheckii Trichocereus terscheckii
Echinopsis valida Trichocereus validus
Echinopsis werdermanniana Trichocereus werdermannianus
Eriosyce islayensis Islaya minor
Gymnocalycium calochlorum
Gymnocalycium comarapense
Gymnocalycium gibbosum
Gymnocalycium horridispinum
Gymnocalycium netrelianum
Gymnocalycium riograndense
Gymnocalycium striglianum
Gymnocalycium uebelmannianum
Gymnocalycium valnicekianum
Gymnocalycium vatteri
Lophophora williamsii   Peyote
Lophophora diffusa
Myrtillocactus geometrizans
Opuntia acanthocarpa
Opuntia cylindria
Opuntia basilaris
Opuntia echinocarpa
Opuntia ficus-indica
Opuntia imbricata
Opuntia spinosior
Pachycereus gaumeri Pterocereus gaumeri
Pelecyphora aselliformis
Pereskia corrugata
Pereskia tampicana
Pereskiopsis scandens
Polaskia chende
Stenocereus beneckei
Stenocereus eruca Machaerocereus eruca
Stenocereus stellatus
Stenocereus treleasei
Stetsonia coryne
Turbinicarpus lophophoroides
Turbinicarpus pseudomacrochele
Turbinicarpus pseudopectinatus Turbinicarpus schmiedickeanus


Matucana madisoniorum is another cactus that may contain mescaline, but has so far not been chemically investigated. We can assume that there are far more cacti, containing the active substance mescaline. It is only a matter of time and research, until other representatives are discovered.


Mescaline Cacti