Mescaline Addiction and Abuse
Mescaline is a hallucinogenic chemical which is present in the peyote cactus. Although the drug may not be addictive, it is most certainly dangerous and illegal. Fortunately, there are options for treating mescaline abuse.
What Is Mescaline?
Mescaline is a hallucinogenic chemical compound which originates naturally in peyote (Lophophora williamsii), a species of cactus which is native to Mexico and Texas. While the drug is most commonly obtained from peyote, mescaline may also be found in certain species of cactus in Peru. Chemists are also capable of synthesizing mescaline in laboratories.
People use mescaline as a recreational drug to experience euphoria and hallucinations. Some users introduce the drug into their bloodstream by chewing, smoking, or ingesting parts of the peyote plant. These parts are sometimes called “buttons,” and they are extracted from the peyote plant’s roots. Other users skip the peyote and prefer to consume mescaline as a pill or as a brew, both of which are made from mescaline in the form of white powder. It is also possible to inject liquid mescaline intravenously, although this method is uncommon. Mescaline is a relatively rare drug because the peyote cactus, the most prevalent source of the drug, is itself rare. Consequently, drug traffickers sometimes sell more common hallucinogenic drugs such as PCP and claim that they are mescaline.
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Effects and Risks of Mescaline
The effects of using mescaline usually begin within one or two hours of consumption and they usually persist for about ten hours. Mescaline users report a variety of reactions to the drug. Hallucinogens affect people differently on the basis of numerous factors, such as the size of the dose and whether the person has used hallucinogenic drugs in the past. Some users report feeling profound peace and sensations of transcendence. However, people who are living with mental illness are more likely to suffer the worst possible effects, such as prolonged psychosis.
In general, mescaline causes vivid hallucinations and distorts perceptions of reality. Some users report experiencing improved sensations, such as better hearing and vision, along with an inability to concentrate and think clearly. Although a mescaline trip may be enjoyable for some users, other users may experience severe anxiety, confusion, depression, and paranoia. Mescaline certainly has the power to cause psychological harm. A “bad trip” on mescaline often involves terrifying hallucinations which may be traumatizing. While repeated users easily develop tolerance for the drug’s effects, this tolerance is temporary. There is little evidence that physical addiction to mescaline is possible, but psychological dependence characterized by repeated, compulsory abuse of the drug certainly is.
Contrary to popular belief, there is also little evidence that mescaline or peyote are useful as medicine. In fact, unpleasant physical symptoms sometimes accompany mescaline “trips.” These symptoms include chills, numbness, nausea, and hypertension.
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The Complicated Legal Status of Mescaline and Peyote
Under the Controlled Substances Act, mescaline and peyote are Schedule I controlled substances, meaning that the United States federal government regards them as high-risk drugs with no legitimate medical purpose. Using and possessing mescaline or peyote are crimes for which Americans may be sentenced to pay six-figure fines and serve many years in prison.
Mescaline is not a new drug. In fact, peyote has been used in the Americas for hundreds of years. The Aztecs in Mexico revered peyote as a sacred plant which gave them access to the spirit world. Even today, many Native American groups consider peyote to be an essential component of their spiritual traditions. Although peyote is a Schedule I controlled substance, the Supreme Court has ruled that the government must allow adherents of certain Native American spiritual groups to use peyote as part of their religion. Therefore, peyote as a religious object is legal to use and possess in specific cases. Even though peyote is illegal in Mexico, the Mexican government does ensure access to harvesting the cactus for several recognized Native American tribes who require peyote to preserve their culture. However, most Mexicans and all tourists visiting Mexico are forbidden from harvesting peyote.
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Mescaline is neither safe nor legal. Even though the drug may not be addictive, long-term mescaline and peyote abuse may overtake a person’s life and cause them to experiment with other drugs which carry greater risks for addiction and overdose. If you or someone you know is using mescaline or peyote, contact a dedicated treatment professional today more information on how to get help.
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