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Peyote is a spineless cactus that is dome-shaped and soft with button-like nodules. It is blue-green in colour and grows to about 5cm tall and 8cm    wide. There are 2 species, Mescal (Lophophora williamsii) which has flowers white or pink in colour, and Lophophora Diffusa which is more primitive with yellow to white flowers and a yellow-green body. These plants are native throughout the Chihuahua Desert from central Mexico to southern Texas and are also known as Mescal. Peyote is an entheogen containing mescaline as its primary active chemical, well-known for its hallucinogenic effect after chewing the dried out or fresh nodules found on the cactus. They can also be boiled and drunk as a bitter tea. A “trip” last around 6-12 hours depending on the individual.

It has a long history of use as a medicinal herb and often used for journeys to the “invisible dimension of spirits”. It was given to the ancients of this world by the gods so Mexican art to celebrate Peyotethat the shamans could communicate with everything else in the nature. The sacred cactus was apparently well established before the European conquest of Mexico. And at that time, Spanish people declared its use to be a devilish crime against God. Ironically, native peyotists, relying on the humble cactus for divine guidance and inspiration became targets by evangelists and hunted down with sometimes ruthless punishments. The peyote takes up to 30 years to ripe, so unfortunately its very close extinction in its wild habitat.

/ Spirit Drum

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