Peyote The peyote cactus has a long history of spiritual, ritual, religious and medicinal use by native Americans. The peyote, however, is now currently used worldwide as a recreational drug, due to its psychoactive alkaloids, particularly mescaline.

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Old 07-28-2009, 04:18 AM
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I've heard that the cactus this drug is derived from takes years upon years to mature and is being actively destroyed by the authorities in the U.S. and Mexico, which is why it's so uncommon compared to other hallucinogens

Have others heard this? It's sad to me that a beautiful plant that has so much cultural relevance is being eliminated in its natural habitat.

Here's a picture I found in the Wikipedia article for Peyote:

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That's a shame. I understand that some Native American tribes still use it in religious rituals. I also thought that it was legal for them to use it so how could they destroy something that the tribes are able to legally have?
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Rather an unnaturally green peyote there, Cascadia - I would wager it has been unnecessarily grafted at some point.

I think the habitat of peyote is threatened in some places, but cactus authors confirm that it is still a widespread plant in habitat.

It is, however, a total myth that Lophophora williamsii is especially slow to grow - I have many years experience growing this and other cactus species from seed. Peyote is as fast growing as most globular cacti - I can grow a flowering adult from seed in 2 years.

And of course, when one harvests a button, the large taproot is (or should be) left in the ground. And fresh pups will grow from the taproot very quickly.

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