Peyote is a small, spineless cactus that grows in the desert regions of North America. For centuries, peyote has been used by Native Americans for religious and ceremonial purposes. The active ingredient in peyote is mescaline, a psychedelic drug that produces hallucinations and altered states of consciousness.
Peyote is traditionally ingested by chewing on the cactus or drinking a tea made from its leaves. The effects of peyote typically begin within an hour and can last for up to 12 hours. The experience of peyote is highly individual and can vary depending on the person’s mindset, set, and setting.
Peyote can cause a range of short- and long-term effects, both physical and psychological. Short-term effects of peyote include nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and hallucinations. Long-term effects of peyote are not well understood, but there is some evidence that it can cause mental health problems, including psychosis and anxiety disorders.
Peyote is a Schedule I controlled substance in the United States, meaning it has a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical use. Peyote is illegal in most other countries as well.