There are many species of psychoactive cacti all over the globe. They contain phenethylamine alkaloids such as mescaline. However, the two most popular genera are Echinopsis (also known as Trichocereus) and Lophophora.
San Pedro and peyote are two of the most popular psychoactive species from these genera. Several other species from other genera also exist but they’re not used as ritualistically as the aforementioned examples.
Several regions have used psychoactive cacti for their traditional rituals particularly in Central and South America, such as in Mexico and in the Andes region. Because of this, cacti plants are cultivated for thousands of years.
Types of Mescaline Cacti
Mescaline is a naturally-occurring psychedelic alkaloid. It has strong historical and cultural roots. The following are the most common mescaline cacti which are used for their psychedelic effects:
- Peyote – Among the cacti belonging to the Lophophora genus, the most well-known and potent psychedelic cactus is peyote (Lophophora williamisii). Unfortunately, they’re also the slowest growing. Unlike most psychedelic cacti, peyote doesn’t grow upward to form a column. It grows as buttons which are low to the ground.
Peyote doesn’t just contain mescaline. It also contains the alkaloid hordenin, a substance that prevents the breakdown of mescaline.
Native Americans have been used for over 5000 years. Per U.S. law, people are free to use peyote in religious ceremonies.
There are other Lophophora cacti although they’re not as popular as peyote. These include the Lophophora diffusa, Lophophora fricii, and Lophophora koehresii. They have low levels of mescaline so the effects will be much different from peyote.
- San Pedro – The San Pedro cactus (Echinopsis pachanoi aka Trichocereus pachanoi) contains mescaline and DMT. This is common in gardens where it is most commonly cultivated as a decorative plant. San Pedro’s potency varies among different specimens. Mescaline levels depend on the growing conditions: humidity, soil quality, and temperature among many other things.
Indigenous South Americans have used this cactus for over 3 millennia and it’s legal to cultivate this cactus in many countries including USA, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Norway, and Sweden.
- Peruvian Torch – Peruvian Torch cactus (Echinopsis peruviana aka Trichocereus peruviana) specimens contain more consistent mescaline levels than the San Pedro. Its ratio of mescaline to other alkaloids is significantly higher than the San Pedro’s too.
Because of these traits, some psychedelic cactus growers prefer the Peruvian Torch over the San Pedro cactus. Native cultures have a history using Peruvian Torch dating back 2000 to 3000 years. In South America, it’s referred to as San Pedro too. Growing Peruvian Torch is legal in many areas.
- Bolivian Torch – The most consistently psychoactive and potent columnar cactus is the Bolivian Torch (Echinopsis lageniformis aka Trichocereus lageniformis). It grows faster than the San Pedro or the Peruvian Torch but it is thinner than both.
Chemical analyses revealed the Bolivian Torch seems to have more of the alkaloid hordenine than actual mescaline. Despite being one of the most potent and consistent psychedelic columnar cacti, people are not as keen on cultivating the Bolivian Torch cactus outside its natural environment.
- Cardon Grande – Another large columnar cactus, the Cardon Grande (Echinopsis terscheckii aka Trichocereus terscheckii) is a native of northwest Argentina and the western slopes of the Andes, Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador. As its name suggests, it is the largest psychedelic cactus.
Different Effects of Psychedelic Cacti
The effects of mescaline differs from species to species, and specimen to specimen. However, similar to cannabis, each species has specific nuances, distinctions, and modulations. The body’s responses depend on the mescaline levels and the presence of other compounds.
Mescaline universally creates a heightened emotional and mental state. Vision becomes sharper, and colors become more saturated. There is a more profound connection with nature and a reduction in mental stress.
At the peak of the psychedelic experience, each person exhibits a unique response to mescaline. Some people are lucky enough to experience a pleasant trip where they can just cruise through the stream of consciousness as their personal hallucinations inspire them. Some are overwhelmed by the intense visuals and need to move around.
Peyote and Trichocereus family members can vary in their specific mescaline effects. Plant health also plays a part in mescaline content. A healthier cactus is more powerful per gram than an unhealthy cactus.
Peyote Mescaline Effects
Peyote’s visual effects are similar to LSD or DMT. As with all mescaline cacti, it takes some time (around 1 to 3 hours) for the effects to set in. Peyote is ideal for inverted perspectives and hyper-colored reality.
Trichocereus Cactus Effects
Cacti under the Trichocereus family also have their own distinctions and potency.
The Peruvian Torch cactus is the one that is most similar to Peyote. For first-time growers, the potency may seem quite unbearable. Take the fiery orange and maroon signs as a warning about its power! Expect a sudden purge followed by intense hallucinations.
There are many reasons why San Pedro is the most popular of the Trichocereus cacti. San Pedro doesn’t require a lot of bells and whistles to propagate efficiently and it grows robustly. San Pedro’s effects are gradual and envelopes a person. Imagine lying down on your living floor, realizing you’ve been watching the ceiling melt for a long time, and you’re wondering when that happened.
The Bolivian Torch shares similar effects with the San Pedro in that it gently ushers one into a psychedelic state. 6 hours after ingesting the Bolivian Torch, expect to be navigating through be psychedelic spaces and smiling with ease.
Mescaline After Effects
All psychedelic cacti have similar after effects: a feeling of euphoria that lasts for weeks! Expect mental clutter and anxiety to be dialed down to zero. You will also become more concerned and connected with all things related to nature – including other humans.
Mescaline also creates a sense of wellness. Unlike traditional medications, mescaline’s mood-boosting effects are longer-lasting. They’re good investments for personality growth and self-discovery.
Remember: while psychedelic cacti are vehicles for improvement, they should always be taken responsibly. Order mescaline cacti online!