About The Cactus Of The Four Winds

Cactus of the four winds

Psychoactive cacti have played a huge role in spiritual and religious rites practiced by a variety of the world’s oldest cultures.

The Cactus of The Four Winds, a kind of Bolivian Torch, is renowned as one of the most powerful types of mescaline cacti on the planet.

Containing large amounts of mescaline and other alkaloids, it is treasured for inducing incredible spiritual experiences characterized by strong euphoria and intense hallucinations.

WHAT IS THE CACTUS OF THE FOUR WINDS?

The Cactus of the Four Winds (Cactus de Los Cuatro Vientos) is a special kind of mescaline cactus native to South America, characterized by having four-ribbed stems. It contains huge concentrations of mescaline and other alkaloids, giving it strong psychoactive properties and health benefits.

The specific taxonomy of this cactus is highly debated. Many researchers mistake it for a special strain of San Pedro, although evidence shows that it’s actually a kind of Bolivian Torch.

HISTORY

Echinopsis lageniformis forma quadricostata

The Cactus of The Four Winds holds a special place in the ancient cultures of Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador.

Similar to the four-leaf clover, four-ribbed cacti are extremely rare and were treasured by ancient shamans for their potency. According to Italian historian Mario Polia, those who stumbled upon the Cactus of The Four Winds were great shamans or destined to become so.

The earliest references to the cactus date back to roughly 2,200 BCE. According to El Mundo Magico, excavations at Las Aldas, a large archaeological complex located roughly 300km from Lima, Peru, uncovered cigars containing remains of the renowned cactus.

Other archeological evidence, such as temple engravings, ceramic vases, and textiles dating as far back as 1,200 BCE also highlight the cactus’ central role in spiritual ceremonies practiced by ancient pre-Incan cultures such as the Chavin.

EFFECTS

Mescaline chemical formula

Wade Davis, a renowned ethnobotanist and anthropologist claims that the Cactus of The Four Winds is  “a plant so powerful that it could annihilate consciousness, transform body into spirit, crack open the sky.”

The cactus contains very high concentrations of mescaline, which tends to dominate the overall experience of using it. The effects of the Cactus of The Four Winds usually set in between 30 to 120 minutes after ingestion.

As is common when using other types of mescaline cacti, users may initially experience symptoms of nausea and even vomiting. After that, they can expect to embark on a vast spiritual journey that can last anywhere from 8 to 16 hours, depending on the dose.

Strong mescaline trips are characterized by powerful hallucinations and extremely altered perceptions of reality. Users may also experience extremely strong, almost overwhelming physical euphoria and changing levels of consciousness, ranging from moments of extreme clarity to more unclear, rapidly changing thoughts.

Lower doses tend to provide milder effects, characterized by slight hallucinations and a warm physical feeling which some may find similar to that induced by MDMA. When taken in small doses, the mescaline in Cactus of The Four Winds is said produce a very clear headspace.