Mescaline: Ingestion methods

Last modified: Sunday, 31. May 2009 - 5:25 pm

Dried peyote cactus buttons are chewed and swallowed or made into a powder and swallowed in tablet form. Peyote can also be brewed and drunk as a tea.
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the usual dose of mescaline that will produce hallucinations is about 0.3-0.5 g, which is the equivalent of about 5 g of dried peyote. The effect of the drug lasts about 12 hours. Mescaline can be extracted from peyote or produced synthetically.
Synthetic mescaline, however, is extremely rare. It is very expensive to produce and is therefore not in demand on the underground drug market. It takes about a half-gram of mescaline sulfate to produce a psychedelic trip. Synthetic mescaline is pricey at about $100 to $200 per gram.
Dried peyote buttons ground into a powdered form and made into tablets can be dangerous as the tablets can be adulterated, or mixed with other substances or drugs. In the United States, it has been reported that street samples of what are believed to be pure synthetic mescaline often have another substance added.
In Canada, Health Canada Online reports that 90% of what is supposed to be mescaline is actually phencyclidine (PCP), lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), or another drug or substance. This can be dangerous because some of these drugs can be much more harmful than mescaline or peyote. For instance, PCP or “Angel Dust” may cause severe paranoia or even convulsions and coma. These sorts of side effects are not usually associated with mescaline alone.

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