Facts about Mescaline and Peyote:

  • Peyote is a cactus plant that generally grows in Mexico and parts of the southwestern United States. Mescaline is the psychoactive ingredient found in the buttons of the Peyote cactus.
  • Mescaline is a hallucinogenic compound.
  • Mescaline has been around for a long time.  It was first known to be used by the Aztecs in Mexico.  They considered it to be divine and used it in religious ceremonies.
  • The use of mescaline spread from Mexico to America through other Native American tribes who also used it in religious ceremonies, as well as to communicate with spirits, and treat illnesses.  In 1918, the Native American Church was formed to preserve their right to use peyote (Carson-DeWitt,2001).

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Carson-DeWitt, R. (2001). Mescaline. Encyclopedia of Drugs, Alcohol, & Addictive Behavior: (2nd edition). pps. 714-715. Macmillan Reference USA. Durham:North Carolina.