Common Names/Nicknames: Peyote, buttons, cactus, mescaline, mesc
Active Compound: Mescaline
Found in: Peyote cactus, San Pedro cactus, Peruvian torch cactus, other mescaline-containing cacti, Fabaceae beans, synthetic mescaline
Mode of Consumption: Ingestion
DEA Scheduling/Legal Status (in US): Schedule I, illegal in all states. Exception: Legal in religious ceremonies registered by the Native American Church
Hallucinations, euphoria, slowed passage of time, anesthesia, synesthesia, pupil dilation, increased body temperature, increased heart rate, weakness, tremors, nausea, anxiety
Acute: “Bad trip,” tolerance, accidental injury, psychosis, amnesia, homicidal and suicidal attempts, convulsions
Chronic: Posthallucinogen perceptual disorder (PHPD, aka “flashbacks”). Some evidence for triggering longer-term psychosis
Dangerous Drug Combinations:
Possibly dangerous combination with antidepressants, ecstasy, and other drugs that affect serotonin levels.
Mescaline has relatively low risk of harm and is seen as non-addictive.
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