For many people the word Peyote may be new, but for medical professionals and researchers, it is not so. In fact, it is a small cactus with a crown which has disc-shaped buttons on it. These buttons are generally cut from the main body of the plant, then are sliced, and finally dried to be used for various purposes. These dried slices are normally chewed to have several narcotic effects. When using as a medicine, the button shaped portions are dipped well in water for several hours and are then soaked. the end product liquid is of great medicinal importance.
Known for its psychoactive properties when ingested, it belongs to a history of ritualistic and medicinal utilities by the native North Americans. That is the reason that in most parts of the US it is not illegal to possess it and despite of its serious safety concerns, it is continuously used for the generalized treatment of various sorts of seasonal fevers, joint pain (rheumatism), and even paralysis. Native North Americans have been applying peyote paste externally for the treatment of fractures, deep wounds, and insect bite.
Habitat and Natural Occurrence
Peyote is extremely slow growing. Cultivated specimens become considerably retarded growth, sometimes taking less than three years to go from seedling to full-grown flowering Nestor. More sharp growth can be achieved by auto pasty onto mature San Pedro nuzzle stock. The top of the above-ground part of the cactus, the crown, subsist of disc-shaped page. These are cut above the roots and sometimes dried. When done properly, the top of the base forms a callus and the root does not decompose.
When poor harvesting techniques are used, however, the entire plant expire. Currently in South Texas, peyote accrue spontaneously but has been over-harvested, to the point that the rank has enrolled it as an endangered species.
Use and Side Effects
Along with its medicinal use, it is also used for various recreational purposes due to its hallucinated characteristics. It contains a strong chemical by the name of mescaline as its active ingredient which is full of hallucination effects similar to LSD, but to a very lesser extent. Other popular side effects of that drug are as follows:
- Emotional instability
- Can also raise blood pressure
- Heart rate disturbance
- Alleviated respiration rate
- Changes in vision
- Dizziness, and drowsiness may also occur.
Although it has been rarely reported to be fatal, in some cases it can cause homicidal thoughts or suicidal behavior.
Drugs Interacts with PEYOTE
It has been reported that it has interactions with certain stimulant drugs which are used to speed up the central nervous system. Usually such sort of stimulant medications can also speed up your heartbeat to a dangerous extent if used with Peyote. As we have known in the previous paragraph that Peyote has also the ability to speed up and initiate nervous system and heart rate, so it will be a real dangerous interaction if you take it with other stimulant drugs. It can even cause high blood pressure rates. Hence it is strictly advised that you must avoid the intake of stimulant drugs along with it, some of these drugs may include:
- Diethylpropion (Tenuti)
- Phentermine (Ionian)
- Pseudoephedrine (Sudafed) etc.
Its medicinal dose depends on various factors including age, health, and certain physical conditions. Though not enough scientific information has been accumulated yet about the appropriate dosage of that stimulant. Be sure always to follow the directions and conditions written on the product’s packing and labels and also never use that or any other drug without prescription and proper guidelines of your physician or other medical professional before you start to use it.