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Peruvian Torch (Echinopsis peruviana)

Peruvian Torch (Echinopsis peruviana)

Previously known as Trichocereus peruvianus. This cactus thrives at an altitude of 2000-3000 meters in it's natural habitat, the Andes in Peru and Ecuador. The Peruvian Torch grows at a high rate, contains the psychoactive compound mescaline and has green skin with a light blue glow. We sell different sizes - small, medium and large - all of which are perfect for home cultivation.

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Peruvian Torch (Echinopsis peruviana): Previously known as 'Trichocereus peruvianus'

The Peruvian Torch (Echinopsis peruviana) cactus can be found in the Andes in Peru and Ecuador. Its natural habitat are the mountain desert areas at an altitude of 2000-3000 meters above sea level. It is a fast-growing columnar species and contains the well researched psychoactive alkaloid mescaline as well as other alkaloids. The plant is bluish-green in color and grows with 6-9 broadly rounded ribs, reaching a height of 3-6 meters at a diameter of 8-18cm. The up to 4cm long spines in groups of 6-8 are located at the nodes, which are evenly spaced along the ribs with a spacing of up to 2.5cm.

Monks of the pre-Inca culture used this mescaline cactus to brew a concoction called "cimora", "achuma" or "huachuma" which was then used in their medicinal and ritual ceremonies - and that was 900 BC to 200 BC.


The chemical formula for mescaline is 3,4,5-trimethoxyphenethylamine, it is a very potent mind-altering substance and experimentee reported that it causes psychedelic effects and even hallucinations and visionary experiences including the deeply soothing feeling of being one with mother nature accompanied by euphoria. Just 0.3-0.4 gram of pure mescaline are sufficient to unbuckle your consciousness from reality, but that counts only for PURE mescaline and you will have to eat quite some amount of mescaline cactus to get there. But, first the grief, then the joy! The consumption of Echinopsis peruviana flesh will inevitably make you - eat backwards. The indigenous shamans say that this process is needed to cleanse the body from the last remnants of what ties your spirit to the body and that it should be seen as a positive experience. Plan ahead with this in mind; do not eat for at least 6 hours prior to the trip. This is the best method to limit the span of this first "positive" experience and it has two positive effects: You will be able to resist the nausea for a longer span and this results in better absorption of the psychoactive cocktail.

Cultivating the Peruvian Torch cactus

To grow your own Peruvian Torch clone simply place the cutting deep enough to stand on its own in special cactus soil with 25% washed sand and 35% perlite; soil for houseplants is not suited for cacti and their nutrient requirements. The soil should drain well and be able to hold enough of the moisture for at least a week without drying out. Rooting hormone is counter-productive! It can harm the tissue of the plant and open doors for bacterial or fungal rot. Let the cactus accommodate to its new home and develop a new root system on its own and DON'T water if for 2-3 weeks. Keep the freshly planted clone away from heat and direct sunlight, especially at noon, for at least 4 weeks. Once it has settled you can do it a big favor by emulating its natural habitat: 5 hours of direct sunlight, followed by several hours of indirect light. Since it is a desert plant, it does not need much water. When choosing the pot, make sure it has a punctured bottom to allow for good draining. Place the pot in a shallow tray and fill it with water, the tray, mind you. Water the soil every week in spring and autumn, but completely stop watering it in the winter time or at least limit it to only once every 2-3 weeks. In the summertime you can water the plant 3-5 times per week.

Name change: From Trichocereus to Echinopsis

Trichocereus peruvianus was the now outdated botanical name of the Peruvian Torch until a new classification for cacti came into effect and this cactus was placed in the cactus family called Echinopsis. The up-to-date correct name is Echinopsis peruviana.


    By on 08/Dec/2017 :

    Title : Alles gut
    Comment : Die Bestellung hat etwas länger gedauert als gedacht, aber es kam alles gut verpackt und sicher an. Dieser und die anderen Kakteen ließen sich alle super einpflanzen, und gewurzelt haben sie auch recht schnell. Probiert habe ich noch keinen, aber ich bin zuversichtlich dass alles in Ordnung ist.

    By on 15/Nov/2017 :

    Title : Mescaline
    Comment : The cactus arive at my place in good condition and i was very upset when i sacrificed him to get a mescaline extraction, but get a decent ammount of final product! so I'm happy

    By on 25/Aug/2017 :

    Title : Très satisfait !
    Comment : Bonjour, j'avais reçu une petite torche en Juin 2017. Il a rapidement développé un point noir au sommet j'ai alors contacté Zamnésia et ils m'en ont renvoyé un nouveau ! Les 2 cactus sont maintenant à la fenêtre de ma chambre dans un mélange de sable et de terreau. L'un d'eux à déjà fait des racines mais je dois encore attendre un peu pour l'autre à mon avis, cependant ils ont tout les deux l'airs de se porter très bien ! ( malgré quelques petites taches noires n'ayant pas l'air dangereuses, peut-être à cause du changement d'habitat ? ) Très bon produit ! Merci

    By on 16/Jun/2017 :

    Title : Top!
    Comment : Le cactus a été livré bien emballé. Il a mis 3 semaines à vraiment faire ses racines et commence maintenant a bien pousser. Malgré quelques cochenilles le cactus est en bonne santé

    By on 17/May/2017 :

    Title : Hoffe er wächst jetzt
    Comment : Kamm sehr vertrocknet an, jetzt wächst er denke ich aber schöner Kaktus

    By on 08/Feb/2017 :

    Title : Meilleurs cactus du marché actuellement
    Comment : Le cactus a été livré de façon impeccable, il est en forme et de bonne couleur merci zamnesia

    By on 19/Dec/2016 :

    Title : Love it
    Comment : I've planted it seems happy so far :)

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    By on 27/Oct/2016 :

    Title : Looks great
    Comment : Cacti looks very healthy and I'm sure it will grow fast until ready to harvest. As usual - fast delivery and great customer service - highly recommended!

    By on 21/Aug/2016 :

    Title : peruvian tourch
    Comment : Very nice trip :)!!

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