Mescaline is a hallucinogen and from the same family as LSD, Magic Mushrooms and Cannabis, that is derived from Peyote cactus and has been used in traditional religious ceremonies by indigenous people in Mexico and the U.S. for many years and was actually banned in the 16th century by the Spaniards because of the terrifying effects. Mescaline was used in an estimated 22,000 ceremonies by 1922. Mescaline was synthesized in 1919, but by 1970 it was deemed to have no medicinal qualities and banned in the U.S. and categorized as a Schedule 1 drug. Today Mescaline is used for recreational purposes and in certain meditations for its psychedelic traits. Below is some information regarding Mescaline addiction and dependency.
Mescaline may be chewed, swallowed in pill form, it can be mixed in a drink and swallowed or it may be injected. Mescaline is very bitter, so most people swallow in pill form, or they will mix it in a beverage such as orange juice, coffee or a soft drink. The effects of Mescaline may last approximately 12 hours.
Mescaline deceives the mind into hearing, feeling, seeing and thinking something is there that isn't, by interfering with the normal function of the brain such as how the nerve cells and serotonin interact in the spinal cord and brain. The result is an imagined level of consciousness, sometimes pleasurable and elucidated, but also periods of disgust and anxiety.
The most common sign of Mescaline use are an increase in body temperature, sweating, headaches, hallucinations, nausea and vomiting, confusion, dilated pupils, dizziness, spike in blood sugar, nightmares, chills, loss of time, flashbacks, euphoria.
Mescaline may affect the body's ability of self control. It can alter body movement and speech. Individuals who use Mescaline may become hostile and may also experience panic attacks, psychosis, respiratory problems, bloody stool, irregular heart rate, fear, heart failure, anxiety, paranoia, convulsions and death. Mescaline can have detrimental side effects including an increased heart rate, high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke and create a hormonal imbalance. There are some serious risks associated with Mescaline addiction and dependency.
Mescaline is similar to norepinephrine, dopamine and catecholamine neurotransmitters. In addition to these neurotransmitters, the drug will also have an effect on serotonin. There are no physical dependent qualities regarding Mescaline so there is no need for detoxification; however individuals who have excessive Mescaline use may want to seek an alternative program to help them rebuild their life without continued drug use.
Some individuals use Mescaline as a stepping stone to other drug use. If you are in need of assistance with drug use, Saint Jude Retreats may be able to help. The Saint Jude Program uses cognitive behavioral education to teach guests to use self change and self awareness to make choices and decisions that are enhancing to their life. Our guests learn to develop habits and behaviors that are positive and they discover that they can have a life that is permanently free from substance use.