Last Updated on November 21, 2020 by Dr. Ronaye Calvert-Conley
Many people have heard of Peyote and they may be aware it’s a plant that is used in some spiritual ceremonies. However, not everyone is aware of what Peyote is exactly, and what it is specifically used for.
In this post, we’ll take a closer look at Peyote and the possible side effects of using it.
What is Peyote? Just Another Name for Mescaline?
Peyote is a small cactus that contains the chemical mescaline. The plant has buttonson it which can be dried and chewed, or soaked in water to form a drinkable liquid.
The Peyote cactus grows in the shape of a flat sphere which opens during the day and its color is either a blue-green or a yellow-green, although it can appear to be red. It also produces a pink flower.
The mescaline contained within the Peyote plant is psychoactive and the effects of use are like LSD but are not as strong. It’s named as an endangered species in South Texas but is also found in some Mexican states.
What Is Peyote Used For?
The Native American and Northern Mexican people have been using Peyote for thousands of years in their spiritual practice and as a medicine. The Native American Church still uses it in the same way.
When its used as a medicine it can help with diabetes, eyesight problems, reducing fever, and even pain during childbirth. It is also applied to the skin for treating wounds, snakebites, and fractures.
The use of Peyote outside the Native American Church is illegal in the U.S., however, its hallucinatory effects make it a popular choice for recreational use.
Is Peyote Safe to Use Recreationally?
It can be used in a variety of ways. The buttons can be chewed, smoked, or made into a tea for drinking. As mescaline sulfate, Peyote is crushed into a powdered form and put into tablets. This is the most addictive form of use.
Peyote is a hallucinogen, and as such, it changes the way the neural pathways in the brain work. It mixes with the neurotransmitter Serotonin, in the part of the brain that controls perception, mood, and cognition. This is how it produces hallucinations.
While under the influence of Peyote you can lose your sense of who and where you are, and over time, you will develop a tolerance for it. This means you will need more of the plant to produce the same effect, and depression is a very real possibility when coming down from a Peyote high.
Is Peyote Addictive?
Peyote is Psychologically, but not physically, addictive although risky behavior is always a concern while under the influence of any substance.
When taken with other drugs there is the danger of the mescaline in Peyote reacting with the other substances and the effects can last up to 12 hours at a time.
The plant is also unpredictable and there is no way to know if you’re going to have a good, or bad, trip before you take it. The long-term effects of a bad trip can involve anxiety, paranoia, and loss of time.
Even if you have used Peyote in the past with no problems, there is no guarantee that you won’t have problems at any time in the future.
Are There Any Long-term Side Effects of Using Peyote?
The risk of arrest and prosecution must be considered and not just as a long-term side effect. Psychological addiction can be just as dangerous as physical addiction and can lead to risky behavior to obtain the Peyote.
Finally, as Peyote changes chemicals in the brain to produce the hallucinogen affect, there is always the risk that the perception disorders a user experiences may become permanent with long-term use.
In summery, not only is it illegal, but it is a substance that has a high potential for danger and it will physically alter your brain –which is not something that anyone should risk.