Peyote

Latin:  Lophophore williamsii

Family:  Cataceae

Parts Used:  Buttons

Taste/Energetics:  Bitter, cold

Properties:  Entheogenic, emetic, stimulant

Actions:  Peyote is native to northern Mexico and into southern Texas and has been used as an entheogen by indigenous peoples for over 5,500 years.  Growing on a succulent, spineless cactus, peyote induces auditory and visual hallucinations and can cause profound insights and spiritual understanding.  Peyote contains the key alkaloid mescaline that is found in other hallucinogens such as San Pedro.  Peyote induces a wild kaleidoscope of visions, colors, and extraordinary perceptions.

Traditionally used in ceremony and ritual by Aztec and numerous indigenous groups, peyote is commonly used by the modern Native American Church who consider peyote to be a sacrament where worshippers are “able to absorb God’s Spirit in the same way as the white Christian absorbs the Spirit by means of the sacramental bread and wine.”   Peyote has also been used for healing work, divination and prophesy.

There are deep problems with the over harvesting of this increasingly rare cactus. It is key to protect wild peyote cactus and either cultivate one’s own or work with other mescaline containing cacti such as San Pedro that are far more easy to grow.

Dosage:  3-6 buttons (50-100 fresh grams) is a light dose.  6-10 buttons (100-150 fresh grams) is common.  10-15 buttons (150-200 fresh grams) is a strong dose.

Contraindications:  Please follow the general edict to avoid consuming wild peyote unless you are a member of an indigenous or religious organization legally entitled to work with this medicine.  This cactus is precious.  As a potent entheogen, general contraindications are to avoid if one is pregnant, nursing, weak, confused, are prone to panic, mania and psychosis.  Do a hell of a lot of research and consider that this is a truly special plant that should be deeply respected.