Peyote is without a doubt one of the most well-recognized psychedelics in the world. Whenever someone refers to psychedelics you will either to hear peyote or LSD mentioned. This is because it is so potent and the trip is unlike anything you will experience.
Peyote is a small cactus that naturally grows in the deserts of Southern Texas and Mexico. In fact, peyote is just one of the several cacti species that contain psychedelic alkaloids that can produce hallucinogenic effects that are somewhat similar to LSD.
What Exactly Is Peyote?
You probably already know that peyote is nothing more than a psychedelic drug that comes from a specific species of cactus. However, it really is the mescaline that gives off the hallucinogenic effects. The San Pedro cactus along with the Peruvian torch also contains the mescaline alkaloid.
The Native Americans of Mexico have been utilizing peyote for a wide number of years now. Even the early European explorers were utilizing the plant. Peyote is extremely popular when it comes to religious ceremonies. During such ceremonies, the tribes will cut the head of the cactus off leaving the roots behind so that the plant can regrow.
The head is then dried out and turned into what is known as peyote buttons. These little buttons are about the approximate size of a quarter. During certain early ritual these buttons would be chewed, which was supposed to facilitate some kind of religious experience.
In some ceremonies, the tribes believed that peyote opened a line of communication with spirits. That being said this is not the way that peyote is consumed in today’s time. And, this is because the plant is so bitter. In today’s time, the plant is ground up and swallowed in a capsule. It should also be noted that in today’s time peyote is considered a Schedule One narcotic.
Religious Experiences With Peyote Trips
The Native American tribes of Texas and Mexico have been utilizing peyote for over 5,700 years. In particular, the Navajo and Huichol tribes use peyotes in their spirit walks. The Huichol shamans will eat peyote because they believe that it gives them the ability to speak to the gods.
In fact, they believe that peyote itself is a spirit that opens the way to the other gods. Despite the wide use of the plant in religious ceremonies, there is only one reported death as a result of ritualistic use. However, there are many cases where ingesting the plant caused nausea and vomiting.
One Native American man even died of asphyxiation after vomiting to the point where he developed lacerations in the esophagus
This wound caused him to aspirate blood and he eventually died because of this. Of course, this is extremely rare and has been the only reported case. The real threats of peyote are the emotional and psychological effects.
There is always a change that the user can experience a bag trip, as is the case with many psychedelic drugs. Some of the most severe cases can even cause posttraumatic stress disorder or psychosis. That being said there are very few reported cases.
What Are The Effects Of A Peyote Trip?
Peyote effects can vary when it comes to peyote trips. And, there are a number of factors that will determine the effects that one experiences. First off, the effects are going to be both physical and mental.
However, the results can vary depending on the genetics of the user, the method in which the substance was consumed, and the amount of the substance that was consumed. A peyote trip can last from anywhere to eight to fourteen hours depending on the amount of the plant that is consumed.
The Physical Peyote Effects Of A Trip
As mentioned earlier the most typical physical effect that you will experience during a peyote trip is vomiting and nausea. This will also probably be accompanied by a loss of appetite. Nausea will, however, begin to ebb after the vomiting.
Some users have reported that they have bypassed the vomiting by consuming small doses over the course of a few hours rather than taking a hefty dose at one time. Some of the other common physical effects that you will experience when taking peyote are physical euphoria, frequent urination, increased heart rate, muscle contractions, and dilated pupils.
It is true that many psychedelic drugs can affect an individual’s heart rate or even blood pressure. However, this won’t really be a problem for healthy individuals, but if you suffer from some kind of predisposed heart condition like hypertension or heart disease these drugs could be potentially lethal.
The Cognitive Effects Of A Peyote Trip
For the most part, the active ingredient mescaline will produce psychedelic effects that are similar to that of DMT, LSK, and psychedelic mushrooms. However, there are some unique effects that you will get when tripping on peyote that you won’t get when tripping with other psychedelics.
Such effects are changes in color, empathy enhancement, and the way you process time will be altered. That being said the most unique effect that you will experience when partaking in peyote is the way that you will examine or observe your own mental and emotional processes.
Some of the other common cognitive effects that are associated with a peyote trip are pronounced empathy and emotion, color changes, changes in pattern recognition, closed eye hallucinations, open eye hallucinations, and increased libido.
Individuals that suffer from pre-existing mental disorders need to be extremely careful when tripping with peyote. It is extremely rare, but there have been some reported cases where psychotic episodes took place in individuals that had pre-existing mental disorders.
Peyote Is Not Addictive
There is one major misconception associated with peyote and it is that it is addictive. This is not the case at all. In fact, most psychedelics are not physically addictive at all, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t build up a tolerance. This means that you will need a higher and higher dose every time to reach the desired hallucinogenic effects.