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Information provided below is courtesy of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Mescaline/Peyote Overview

Peyote Addiction Treatment Mescaline is a hallucinogen which is found in a small spineless cactus called peyote. From earliest recorded time, peyote has been used by natives in northern Mexico and the southwestern United States as a part of their religious rites. Mescaline can be extracted from peyote or produced synthetically.

Mescaline Signs of Abuse

For signs of mescaline abuse, one has to rely on more indirect symptoms of abuse. For example, there are certain changes that may occur or continue after a mescaline trip ends.

These changes include:

  • Restlessness
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Poor memory
  • Flashbacks
  • Drug-induced psychosis
  • Worsening psychological problems

Effects of Mescaline Abuse

Effects of mescaline abuse include altered states of perception and feeling, as well as hallucinations and nausea. The long-term residual psychological and cognitive effects of mescaline, peyote’s principal active ingredient, remain poorly understood. A recent study found no evidence of psychological or cognitive deficits among Native Americans that use peyote regularly in a religious setting. It should be mentioned, however, that these findings may not generalize to those who repeatedly abuse the drug for recreational purposes. Peyote abusers may also experience flashbacks.

Mescaline Withdrawal Symptoms

Although there are little to no signs of withdrawal symptoms, mescaline may create psychological cravings for the drug, leading to depression or mood swings for years to come.

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