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How A Better Today Treats Peyote & Mescaline Addiction

Peyote and San Pedro are cacti with small growths known as “buttons” from which mescaline, can be derived and used as a hallucinogen. Mescaline is known as a phenethylamine compound which sets it apart in many ways from other hallucinogens such as psilocybin and LSD. Many use this psychedelic to achieve altered states of consciousness and awareness.

Because of the dramatic way in which mescaline changes the way an individual perceives the world around them, it can sometimes be dangerous. Mescaline can produce the out-of-body and spiritual experience that an individual is trying to reach; however, the individual abusing mescaline may attempt to continue to abuse the drug to achieve a better trip or high.

The effects of mescaline vary and range from what could be perceived as an intense cognitive and emotional experience to psychosis, similar to states that mimic the symptoms of schizophrenia. Many believe that mescaline only produces these experiences of psychosis in those who have already been previously diagnosed with a mental illness.

Mescaline users can experience intense visions, synesthesia (seeing sounds, hearing colors), greatly altered perceptions of time and space and exceptionally heightened sensory experiences of color and vision. Peyote is perhaps one of the most ancient psychedelic drugs known to man and has frequently been used in spiritual practices such spirit communication, or other religious ceremonies of the Native Americans.

The peyote cactus is in fact native to the south western United States and Mexico, while the San Pedro cactus which also produces mescaline, is native to Peru. If you or someone you know has found themselves abusing mescaline, individualized treatment could greatly help stop the cycle and find out why.

Mescaline FAQ’s

The hallucinogen mescaline is the active chemical in the plant peyote, which is a small cactus.

Peyote is used in the religious rituals of Native American groups in northern Mexico and the southwestern United States. Today, mescaline can be created in a lab, or extracted from the peyote plant.

Buttons are consumed dried or fresh, either by chewing or soaking in water. The dried peyote buttons can also be ground up, made into a capsule, and swallowed. Dried and ground peyote can be combined with a leaf material, such as cannabis or tobacco, and smoked.

Peyote and mescaline can cause euphoria, hallucinations, feelings of anxiety, illusions, altered body image, and distorted perceptions of time and space.

Peyote and mescaline can cause headaches, intense nausea, muscle weakness, vomiting, increased blood pressure, impaired motor coordination, dilated pupils, rise in body temperature, and increased heart rate.

An overdose of peyote can cause confusion, delusions, panic attacks, rapid heart rate, and anxiety.

Peyote and mescaline share similar characteristics as PCP, LSD, psilocybin, and other hallucinogens.

When the user stops taking peyote, he/she could experience withdrawal symptoms such as mood swings, unexpected flashbacks, and depression. There are currently no known physiological side effects of peyote withdrawal.

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What is Peyote & Mescaline?

Peyote and San Pedro cacti have been used for centuries not only by the Native Americans, but also the Aztecs. Mescaline is the chemical that is extracted from the cacti buttons. These indigenous people used it for medical (pain relief) and spiritual purposes.

In fact, in 1918 the Native American Church were able to reserve their right to use peyote in their religious ceremonies in a non-drug fashion. Otherwise, in the United States, peyote is listed as a Schedule I drug. The buttons on the Peyote and San Pedro cacti are cut, sliced and dried so that they can be chewed or boiled to extract the Mescaline substance within them.

Mescaline is somewhat difficult to become addicted to compared to other drugs, but there is still the potential for abuse. Usually, mescaline is abused infrequently to create hallucinogenic experiences, but not daily. Regardless, if you or someone you love is abusing mescaline, there is reason for concern.

Providing Quality Treatment for Peyote & Mescaline Addictions

Individualized treatment for mescaline addiction or other hallucinogenic drugs can help an individual break the cycle of addictive behaviors. While mescaline in and of itself does not tend to be as physically addictive to other drugs, what has been found is that the individual becomes addicted to the experiences that the drug produces for them.

In the United States alone, around 2,000 people seek treatment for Mescaline dependency a year. Individualized treatment can help an individual find the underlying cause of the addiction and what drives the compulsion to seek out a way to alter their state of mind.

At A Better Today, we integrate many different forms of proven therapies and treatments to ensure that each person has a chance to get treatment that works for them. ABT knows that each person has their own unique history and challenges to face, and we believe that crafting a detailed individualized treatment plan that is tailored to fit individual needs is the key to helping our patients get on and stay on the road to recovery.

Our expert-level clinicians are known for their passion in working with individuals from all walks of life and understand that individuals can struggle with many diverse types of substances. We believe that treatment for addiction to hallucinogens is just as important as treatment for other types of more commonly abused substances.

Our mission in the short time we have with our patients is to help them understand how recovery works and how it can change your life for the better.

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Signs & Symptoms

An individual abusing mescaline may have nausea to the point of vomiting. They may have shaking hands and feet, long-lasting hallucinations, distortions in the senses, a sensation as if they were levitating, anxiety, sweating, vertigo, rapid heart rate, experience confusion as well as high blood pressure.

The individual may also potential lose their appetite and have a false feeling of safety, or they may even believe that they are invincible. Psychosis is also a potential risk when abusing mescaline and is when the individual breaks from reality. Continued use of mescaline may heighten the chances of experience a high with negative effects.


Fortunately, there is no withdrawal from mescaline use; however, it does come with quite a bit of psychological factors to be dealt with upon cessation.

Coming down from a mescaline high presents its own challenges such as sleeplessness, anxiety, depression, confusion and racing thoughts. Many people choose to take other drugs to help with the come down, but these drug interactions can be dangerous—even deadly—and are not worth the risk.

In many cases, mescaline produces a hangover effect where individuals report that they feel lethargic and sore the day after a mescaline trip.


There have been few reported cases of mescaline overdose. If an individual decides to take a large amount of Mescaline, they may find themselves in the middle of a bad “trip”, that seems to never end.

Although it would be difficult for an individual to overdose on Mescaline itself, especially when derived directly from the San Pedro or Peyote cactus, if an individual decides to take other drugs to alleviate comedown symptoms, there could be potential problems with drug interactions. Users should be aware that often fake Mescaline is sold in pill form, that contains other unknown chemicals that could have adverse reactions.

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Drug & Alcohol Interventions for Peyote & Mescaline

When an individual uses hallucinogenic drugs (such as peyote) it can hurt everyone around them. The nature of peyote as a hallucinogen can make the effects it has on its users rather unpredictable, sometimes even resulting in dangerous or catastrophic situations.

Fortunately, there is something that families can do. An intervention may be able to save your loved one’s life and pull them out of the darkness they have found themselves in. Whether you host the intervention or you get help from professionals, you must remember that your intervention is a message of love.

You are concerned for their future and watching them abuse a hallucinogen like peyote pushes them farther and farther away from reality and the ones that love them. An intervention can help confront the issue with love and truth, as well as offering the life saving gift of drug and alcohol treatment.

Common Behaviors Associated With Peyote & Mescaline Addiction

An individual who is high on mescaline may act very peculiar and strange, depending upon what type of high or trip they are experiencing.

Often, a person who chooses to abuse mescaline will purposely do so in an environment separated from their family and loved ones due to the unpredictability of how the experience will turn out. 

A person high on mescaline will seem spaced out, have delayed or slurred speech, and seem as if they are in an over-the-top euphoric state of mind. They may not be able to hold a conversation and can not drive or engage in activities too long.

During a mescaline high, the user can also quickly change moods, and may act out of character. A ‘good trip’ can turn into a ‘bad trip’ with the slightest change of thought or interaction with a person.


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At ABTRS, we believe it is important to use reputable sources when communicating with our patients, their families, and potential clientele. Therefore, we have built all our information, statistics, treatment modalities, and practices on reliable resources that are supported by data, scientific methodology and/or testing.

A strong foundation for recovery should be built upon knowledge that is impartial, not funded by organizations that could benefit from certain outcomes, and proven or tested to be effective for substance abuse treatment and aftercare. Below are the sources used to construct the content on our website and any and all written material from ABTRS. We will continue to try to provide our patients and their families with reputable sources that are up to date and relevant.

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