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Mescaline (Peyote) Drug

The usefulness of a drug is often characterized by its effects on the body and mind. Many natural substances make ideal medicines because of their beneficial responses to human disease, but some other compounds that are capable of interacting with our body chemistry have no direct medical value, or very little. Mescaline, or as it’s more commonly known, Peyote, is one such substance.

What is Mescaline?

The Peyote cactus is the source of mescaline, individually small disc-shaped growths near the crown of the plant. The substance is extracted from these growths by chewing or gentle boiling to capture the compound that produces hallucinations. For generations, mescaline has been used by the native people of both northern Mexico and the southwestern United States in both religious and spiritual ceremonies, as well as a recreational substance. The drug is classified as a Schedule I controlled substance in the United States, so access to the material is strictly prohibited and reserved for use in medical situations only.

What are the Consequences of Using Mescaline?

Only about half a gram of pure mescaline is enough to produce up to 12 hours of hallucinations in an average person. These altered states of consciousness are often accompanied by intense visual and auditory experiences, and they are usually categorized by those who experience them as euphoric or dreamlike. Some users, on the other hand, have reported anxiety, increased heart rate, disgust, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and many other unappealing side effects associated with a negative trip.

Mescaline Abuse Symptoms:

Overuse of mescaline can lead to a pronounced susceptibility to the most adverse side effects of the drug, which include vomiting, nausea, and other digestive issues associated with bodily toxins. Paranoia and anxiety will also affect the regular user of mescaline more so than others. If you suspect someone you know of abusing mescaline you will most likely only be able to confirm your suspicions by catching them in the act of using or having recently used the drug. A full range of mental illnesses can be exacerbated by the use of mescaline, so any new suspicious behaviors of the suspected user should be noted.

Effects of Mescaline Abuse:

Mescaline is primarily a hallucinogen, which means the primary mode of its affect on a person is psychological. Up to 12 hours of hallucinations can be experienced with a small amount of this substance, which can cause serious detriment to psyches of any level of stability. Physical self-harm, as well as the harm, is done to others, is one of the biggest potential risk factors involved with using mescaline. Continuous use will push the user further and further from reality as they break farther from it with each dose.

Mescaline Withdrawal Symptoms:

One positive about the use of mescaline is that it is not physically addictive, as is the case with many hallucinogens. The damage done while taking mescaline will have to be overcome, but no withdrawal symptoms will affect the user who decides to regain control over the substance.

Information on Illicit Drugs was last modified: February 8th, 2017 by Treatment Network

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