Peyote is a small spineless cactus that contains psychoactive alkaloids like Mescaline. Peyote is native to Mexico and southwestern Texas and it is primarily found in the Chihuahaun desert. There are many various species of the Peyote cactus that hold the responsibility for Mescaline production. Peyote commonly grows with groups of cactuses that create formation that is near to the ground. The Peyote plants can be a variety of colors include, yellow, blue, green and even a mixture of different greens and reds. White or yellowish hairs are commonly viewed growing on the outer rim of the cactuses.
The fact that Peyote is spineless in nature has been one of the contributing factors to why the native tribes began to use the drug many centuries ago. On the Peyote cactus, there are buttons that are the shape of a disc that connect to it a form the appearance like that of a rose. The buttons of a Peyote plant are harvested and then dried to be used later. When the Peyote drug is ingested whether being boiled into tea or chewed, the effects it produces are psychoactive and ultimately euphoric.
However, the plant is known to be rather bitter, which often result in an individual feeling nauseous prior to the psychoactive effects setting in. The average consumed dosage of dried Peyote, also known as buttons is approximately 10 to 20 grams. Taking this dosage alone produces a range of effects such as hallucinations, spiritual introspection and metaphysical insightfulness.
In more ancient times, several tribes of the Mexico region have utilized chewing Peyote buttons for the relieve of pain and to induce feelings of anesthetic. Several Native Americans to this day still use Peyote for its pain relieve properties, in addition to spiritual practicing purposes. Although Peyote is not commonly known as an anesthetic, the drug is utilized to reduce pain the experienced during the birth of a child, a tooth ache, and certain types of skin diseases. Native Americans have continued, throughout centuries to use Peyote for its medicinal properties for an array of human ailments.
Peyote impacts a person psychologically, physically and emotionally. Most Hallucinogenic drugs including Peyote contain a property of nitrogen. Peyotes nitrogen properties classify it as an alkaloid. Alkaloid containing drugs impact the chemical compositions of natural neurotransmitters in a person’s brain. Researchers have theorized that Peyote disrupts the actions of neurotransmitters by binding to receptor sites. When people take Peyote, they might experience hallucinations, such as seeing things, hearing colors or even seeing sounds. These experiences could make them act in ways they wouldn’t otherwise. Someone under the influence of Peyote may also lose his or her sense or perception of time. To lose the sense of self is also a common occurrence.
When under the influence of Peyote individuals often neglect to eat or drink. Moreover, Peyote does have a significant impact on the brains serotonin levels, so it is known to cause people to feel depressed following use of the drug. Abuse of Peyote is often done by people who like to escape from reality and feel as if they are blurring themselves out of life. There are many health risks associated with Peyote use. If your loved one is abusing Peyote is it important to understand the potential impact it may have on his or her health. In some cases when a large dose of Peyote is taken this may result in an individual having a severe reaction that manifests in a physical manner and requires an individual to be hospitalized.
Even when the drug is used in religious settings and therefore viewed as appropriate, the number of health risks are wide and vary greatly. Per federal law any use of the Peyote cactus outside approved religious ceremonies is illegal and prohibited. Native American Religious ceremonies are known to use Peyote for spiritual intent and religious practice. Moreover, any type of recreation use outside of Spiritual and religious purposes violates the intended purpose of the plant. The Native American Church firmly believes in Peyote use within the proper context to be an essential for obtaining spiritual guidance, like the Catholic religion with the need for confession. The Native American belief in Peyote for religious means is sacred and even hold restrictions on use of the drug to ensure proper and intended usage.
For most Native Americans, Peyote is anything but a drug to be used recreationally and find the act offensive. Becoming educated on the dangers and effects of Peyote use, abuse and dependency is important, especially if you have a loved one who is taking the cacti drug on a regular basis. Reach out and get help with Peyote abuse or abuse of other Hallucinogens today, reclaim a life you love.