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Bolivian Torch (Echinopsis lageniformis)

Bolivian Torch (Echinopsis lageniformis)

Formerly known as Trichocereus bridgesii. This cactus is naturally found in the Bolivian mountains. The natives of Bolivia call this cactus Achuma or Wachuma. It is said that the Bolivian Torch has a higher percentage of mescaline than the San Pedro or the Peruvian Torch. We have several sizes of cuttings of the Bolivian Torch in stock.

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Bolivian Torch (Echinopsis lageniformis): Previously known as 'Trichocereus bridgesii'

The Bolivian Torch cactus (Echinopsis lageniformis) is a lesser known light green and fast-growing columnar mescaline cactus that originates from Bolivia where it has been used by the indigenous shamans for centuries, particularly in the region in and around La Paz. This cactus usually has 4-8 ribs and can reach an impressive height of 2-5 meters and the mature plant is dotted with nodes of up to four spines with a length of up to 6-7cm, wherein the node-margin is about 2.5-3cm. The natives of Bolivia call this cactus Achuma or Wachuma and it allegedly has a higher mescaline level than the Peruvian Torch or San Pedro cactus. According to the results of chemical analysis of some specimen of this strain, they showed to contain some of the most potent cocktail of psychedelic substances.

Mescaline

The Bolivian Torch cactus contains the well researched alkaloid mescaline, a psychoactive substance that induces strong psychedelic and hallucinative effects. Oh, by the way, for those interested in chemistry - the chemical formula for mescaline is 3,4,5-trimethoxyphenethylamine. The consumption of flesh of this cactus causes strong visual effects, an altered point of view and perception of the surrounding world, feelings of enchantment by and/or connectivity to all creatures of mother nature and even the whole planet as a giant organism. It takes only 0.3-0.4 gram of pure mescaline to unhitch from reality, so be careful with the dosage. And, you have to be aware that the consumption of plant material of mescaline-producing cacti will cause - frankly said - a vomiting fit. But that is a temporary effect and should, at least that is what the indigenous users say, be seen as a cleansing from all the remnants that could otherwise have influence on the trip, you get rid of the past and are about to head out to a new life. To limit the damage to your feel, we recommend to refrain from any food consumption for at least 6 hours before the planed mescaline trip. With this precautionary measure taken, you make sure the buttons you swallow will stay in your stomach for longer, hence you will be able to absorb more of the active substances before your tummy inevitably turns upside down.

Cultivating the Bolivian Torch cactus

In order to provide the best cuttings, we only offer those exclusively derived from healthy and strong cacti. These cuttings facilitate the home cultivation of your own Bolivian Torch cactus and they only need to be placed in special cactus soil to develop a new and healthy root system and to pick up growth, as if it had never been cut off. Standard soil for houseplants is not suited for cacti, because cacti have totally different nutrient needs than a Ficus benjamina for example.

Be careful when watering your cactus, remember, it is a desert plant and what it really dislikes is a real shower - the best way to water it, is by letting it absorb exactly what it needs. This can easily be achieved by planting the cutting in a pot with a punctured bottom. Place this pot in a shallow tray and fill the tray with water. The dry soil will absorb just enough water to be saturated with moisture and the roots of the cactus will strive to reach down to this moisture. In spring and autumn it is sufficient to water the cactus once a week. In the winter time 2-3 weeks between waterings is OK, but in the summer time it can require 3-5 waterings a week.

Place your cutting in a shady spot for the first four weeks to allow for the cactus to develop a new root system and to accommodate to its new environment. There is no need to water the cutting in the first 2-3 weeks.

Name change: From Trichocereus to Echinopsis

Formerly known as "Trichocereus bridgesii", the Bolivian Torch cactus has recently been renamed to "Echinopsis lageniformis", because a new classification for cacti came into effect and they placed this cactus in the much bigger family of the Echinopsis. The reason they called this cactus Echinopsis lageniformis and not Echinopsis bridgesii is simple: there was already an Echinopsis bridgesii in the Echinopsis family, so the second part of the name of this cactus needed to be changed also.

     


    By on 27/Feb/2017 :
    (4)

    Title : Bridgesii
    Comment : Arrived healthy, had a rough start growing but is okay now Tip to anyone ordering a cactus here: the cacti arent used to normal lighting conditions (likely greenhouses), so you have to make the plant get used to the daylight exposure slowly. I recommend adding light exposure over the course of 3 weeks, otherwise you plant will probably get a sunburn, causing the burnt cacti skin to be useless afterwards. Don't overwater the cacti either, the last thing its gonna die from is a lack of water.

    By on 22/Feb/2017 :
    (5)

    Title : OTTIMO PRODOTTO
    Comment : che dire, le talee sono arrivate in perfette condizioni, era evidente che fossero state tagliate molto recentemente. Ora sono in attesa della loro radicazione e crescita

    By on 08/Feb/2017 :
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    Title : Racines...
    Comment : Je n'ai pas encore consommé cette torche bolivienne. J'ai tout simplement planté cette bouture et j'ai commencé à avoir des racines au bout de quelques mois. Mon cactus pousse lentement mais surement. Peut-être que dans 10 ans j'aurais une taille suffisante pour en consommer sans perdre mon plantule. Quoi qu'il en soit, pour l'instant il fait une très jolie déco dans mon salon. Un jour il fera une belle déco dans ma tête ! :)

    By on 19/Dec/2016 :
    (5)

    Title : very happy
    Comment : Planted it seems happy

    By on 21/Aug/2016 :
    (1)

    Title : where did l failed ?
    Comment : l bought 3 medium size bolivian torch. ( each weighed around 350 gr. ) l removed the transparent plastic-like skin , sliced them in chips and made them dry in the sun outside during seven days . l got 30 gr dried "chips". Yesterday l decided to eat 15gr : l first grinded the dry chips with mortar and pestel . then added to the powder the juice of 3 lemons and freezed it. I later defrosted it and put it in a blender . ( the volume almost tripled ) l dunk it slowly with a straw . l waited one hour , 2 ,3 : absolutely nothing happened . As l was sick l finaly vomited most of it.

    By on 08/Aug/2016 :
    (5)

    Title : cactus
    Comment : they arrive in a good healthy,and very discret way. now is apreciate the growning

    By on 05/Aug/2016 :
    (4)

    Title : :)
    Comment : cati werry big and beatiful. I wait long befor I plant it so it start to have dark spots on the top. but now she doing grate!

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    By on 20/Jan/2016 :
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    Title : au top
    Comment : commande reçue rapidement, en très bon état, merci encore !


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