- Peyote comes from a small, spineless cactus that produces the psychedelic compound, mescaline.
- The Spanish word peyote translates into glistening.
- In the Nahuatl language peyote means Divine Messenger.
- Native Americans have used peyote in their spiritual ceremonies for at least 5,500 years.
- This cactus is native to Mexico and Southern Texas.
- It blossoms from March – May, sometimes blooming into September.
- The flowers are pink, white, yellowish, or reddish in color.
- After blooming, a small pink fruit appears. This is edible and contains black, pear-shaped seeds.
- The plant produces little buttons that contain hallucinogenic properties. These are chewed or boiled to make a bitter tea.
- Native Americans also use peyote for medicinal purposes: fevers, tooth complaints, skin diseases, rheumatism, colds, diabetes, and to aid in childbirth.
- During religious ceremonies this plant is said to induce a mystical experience, whereby the users feel a special connection to God – the Great Mystery.
- Peyote is both a practical and a spiritual medicine.
Hallucinogens.com, “Peyote,” at http://hallucinogens.com/peyote/
Native American Churches, “The Sacrament (Peyote) Ceremony,” at https://nativeamericanchurches.org/the-sacrament-peyote-ceremony/
Wikipedia, “Peyote,” at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peyote