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Cuzco (Echinopsis cuzcoensis)

Cuzco (Echinopsis cuzcoensis)

Echinopsis cuzcoensis (formerly Trichocereus cuzcoensis) displays obvious similarities to Echinopsis peruviana, but is an accepted species. Especially where both grow in the same area, they hybridize each other and then show traits of both species. The dried tissue of this cactus is consumed for shamanic purposes and has been reported to cause similar effects as Peyote.

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Echinopsis cuzcoensis is a close relative of Echinopsis peruviana

Echinopsis cuzcoensis (formerly Trichocereus cuzcoensis) is an accepted species, despite its obvious similarity to Echinopsis peruviana, also known as Peruvian torch. In effect, those two are easily confused because the differences are miniscule. There is an almost infinite number of intermediates between Echinopsis peruviana and Echinopsis cuzcoensis and many regional types, especially where both grow in the same area, show traits of both species. Echinopsis cuzcoensis however, is found only in the Cuzco region of Peru at altitudes of 3,100 to 3,600m.

In its natural habitat, Echinopsis cuzcoensis grows extremely tall, reaching a height of 5 to 6 meters. The plants develop many branches, displaying a light green color when young, but turning darker with age. The plants produce large white fragrant flowers, but what's more interesting, are the substances found in the tissue.

This particular cactus contains the alkaloids tyramine, 3-methoxytyramine, mescaline and 3-methoxy-4,5-dimethoxyphenethylamine. The dried tissue is consumed for shamanic purposes and has been reported to cause similar effects as Peyote.

Available cutting sizes: 10-11cm, 25-30cm and 50-60cm


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    By S. K. on 07/Mar/2016 :

    Title : Absolut zufrieden
    Comment : Erstmal dankeschön an Zamnesia für dieses tolle Produkt. Der Kaktus kam zu 100% Heil bei mir an richtig gesund und knackig und bewurzeln tut er auch ziemlich schnell(So ca. 2 wochen +-). Ich persönlich muss auch noch dazu sagen dass mir der Cuzco optisch gesehen von allen Kakteen hier am meisten gefällt. Ich habe ihn zwar noch nicht verspeist aber trotzdem wohlverdiente 5*.

    By V. D. on 19/Feb/2016 :

    Title : Leicht ominös
    Comment : Dieser Kaktus schenkte mir zuerst pure Gänsehaut, doch wenn ihr ihn mit genug Respekt behandelt, wird er auch euch respektieren. Im Gegensatz zum Peruvian Torch wurde ich von keins der abundant vorhandenen Dornen gestochen. Das besondere an Cuzco, ist abgesehen von seiner optischen Potenz die schnelle Entwicklung der Wurzeln. Zum Konsum, möchte ich wie bei allen anderen Kakteen nur äußern, dass ihr diese mindestens zwei Jahre kultivieren solltet, bevor ihr eure Brühe brüht. Rasta says so.

    By G. P. on 14/Feb/2016 :

    Title : i'll try it
    Comment : i will try him soon because lack of san pedro ;] @up the "shell" contains the most mescaline so you have wasted it by yourself. good luck and trip next time

    By L. S. on 11/Jan/2016 :

    Title : DukeofWessex
    Comment : I received a very healthy sample! Really impressed, I've collected a few different types of these cacti and this one really stands out! I can't wait till its all grown and matured, interested to see if the feelings differ from peyote

    By Z. J. on 01/Dec/2015 :

    Title : substitute of peyote?
    Comment : I have read, that this is a substitute of peyote. Well, I purchased a medium sized cacti. After cutting down the unneded parts (eg. spikes, shell), about half the weight remained. (~100g). I ate it in a few hours, but nothing happened. It tasted like tasteless cucumber. Next time I try to get 'real' peyote.

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