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Peyote (Lophophora williamsii)

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 0.4% of the fresh cactus and 3-6% 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.

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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    By on 27/Feb/2017 :

    Title : good service
    Comment : The cactus arrived not in the best condition but customer support offered to choose between sending a new one or get a coupon discount for next order .The other products that I've got were in perfect condition.

    By on 22/Feb/2017 :

    Title : Good service
    Comment : Ordered the 2-3 cm peyote and it came after 5 days (uk). But silly me didn't do much research on mescaline cactus' and I just ate full button which didn't do anything really but I must admit I could see the outline of things if that makes sense? Most likely a placebo affect though because I knew it was in my system. Just ordered 2 boxes of pandora truffles and a packet or HBWR seeds gonna do a little mix and match ;) can't wait.

    By on 22/Feb/2017 :

    Title : Sweet
    Comment : Lovely little cactus. I shall look after it forever :) My only complaint is it wasn't very securely packaged... there was more soil out of the pot than in it!

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    By on 26/Jan/2017 :

    Title : Très Bien
    Comment : Le cacti est arrivé en très bonne condition (bien emballé pour le protéger), en pleine forme, une couleur bien verte foncée comme il faut ! Plus qu'à le laisser croître désormais !

    By on 20/Jan/2017 :

    Title : Ok
    Comment : Very good

    By on 20/Jan/2017 :

    Title : Tout choupi
    Comment : Reçu en très bon état, elle est adorable, mais vivement qu'elle soit assez grosse pour être dans mon estomac ;)

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    By on 27/Dec/2016 :

    Title : ok
    Comment : bien reçu 5jours après la commande le cactus était en forme pas de problème. Ca fait 2 semaine que je l'ai reçu et tout va bien.

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