Mescaline (Peyote) Addiction & Rehab

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Evan Leonard MS, MMS, PA-C

Dr. Leonard is a Doctor of Medical Science and a clinical anatomist. He has practiced in both internal and emergency medicine and has published several, peer-reviewed articles and a medical book chapter.

Mescaline (peyote) is a hallucinogenic drug that occurs naturally in various parts of the world. It is possible to form an addiction to this substance, and many people have. Once a person gets addicted to it, it can be extremely difficult to stop using it.

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But fortunately, it is possible for people to get treatment for a mescaline addiction. Depending on the individual, they may need to go through both detox and rehab. But everyone is different, and the care they receive should be tailored to their specific needs.

We want to help people understand the dangers of mescaline, the effects this drug can have on their minds and bodies, and how to get treatment. It can feel so discouraging to struggle with a substance abuse problem; as though it will never end. But help is available to provide the necessary support that is needed to recover.

Our outpatient drug treatment program allows you to keep work and family commitments while focusing on your sobriety.

What is Mescaline (Peyote)?

Mescaline is often called peyote, and it is a drug that comes from several types of cacti, including the San Pedro cactus and the Peruvian torch cactus. This drug can be found in different types of beans as well, and it can also be produced in a lab. This drug has effects that are very similar to other types of hallucinogenic drugs, such as psilocybin and LSD.

This drug comes from the portion of the cactus that grows above the ground, called the crown. These are actually disc-shaped buttons that are cut and dried. Once dried, they are chewed or brewed into a tea after being soaked in water. Some people will ground the powder and make capsules from it or add the drug to tobacco or marijuana and smoke it.

Most people use about 5 grams of peyote at a time to reach hallucinogenic effects. This is a recreational drug that is often used during psychedelic therapy or during meditation sessions. In the United States, it is classified as a Schedule I drug, which means it is illegal. But Native Americans do use it during religious ceremonies, and it is considered legal for that type of use only.

Why do People Abuse Mescaline?

Mescaline has long been used as a part of some religious ceremonies to enhance the spiritual experience for people. But there are those who will use it solely for the purpose of getting high and going on a psychedelic trip.

A peyote trip can be good or bad, and there is no real way of knowing what to expect with each use. The effects of this drug can change with every experience based on the type of cactus the drug came from, and many personal factors.

What is the History of Peyote?

The use of peyote dates back at least 5,700 years to Native Americans who lived in Mexico at the time. South America is known for their use of mescaline. It was widely enjoyed within the Aztec empire and northern Mexico during the Spanish conquest. But religious persecution limited its use.

By the year 1880, this drug began to make its way further north into the United States. Our country incorporated its use in 1920 for the Native American Church. It has now spread all over the country and has made it as far north as Saskatchewan, Canada.

This drug can also be made synthetically as well. It was identified in 1897 by Arthur Heffter, a German chemist. It was not until 1918 that Ernst Späth synthesized it.

Does Mescaline Have Any Medical Value Today?

Today, mescaline does not have any medicinal value, which is why it is a Schedule I drug. There has been some research in this area, though, and the findings are quite interesting. Some experts believe that this drug could possibly be used to treat alcohol addiction and depression. But more research needs to be done in this area, and the drug’s scheduling can make that very difficult.

Many of the people who use this drug say that it has medicinal value for them, even if the medical community does not agree. People have reported having spiritually enlightening experiences that have helped with both their mental and physical health.

What are the Common Side Effects of Mescaline?

People who abuse mescaline may have some unpleasant side effects, such as:

  • Symptoms of anxiety
  • A rapid heartbeat
  • Hallucinations
  • Tremors
  • Psychosis
  • Agitation
  • Tachycardia
  • Vomiting
  • Headaches

Short-Term Effects

Most people use peyote without giving much thought to the drug’s effects. This drug can have a profound effect on people after just one use. Some of the short-term effects of mescaline include:

  • Problems with coordination
  • Excessive sweating
  • An increased body temperature
  • An increased heart rate
  • Feeling flushed
  • Having hallucinations
  • Seeing brighter colors and sharper sounds
  • Changes in time perception.
  • Nausea with or without vomiting

Long-Term Effects

People who use mescaline for a longer period of time will most likely experience drug tolerance. This means that they need to take more of the drug in order to get the same effects. This can happen in as little as a few days with repeated use of it. Some experts say that users may also find that they are more tolerant to other drugs after using peyote as well.

While there have been no long-term psychological or cognitive deficits reported among Native Americans who use mescaline regularly, that does not mean that it is safe. Some peyote users will develop hallucinogen persisting perception disorder, or HPPD. This is a condition causes them to re-experience their psychedelic trips in the form of flashbacks. It can be rather unsettling and impossible to control.

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Is Peyote Physically Addictive?

Fortunately, peyote is not known to be physically addictive. But for some users, it has been known to become psychologically addictive. This means that they believe that they need the drug in order to function correctly. But even most regular users do not take it every day, as they might with other drugs.

Even a psychological addiction can produce both physical and mental withdrawal symptoms when a drug is stopped. Getting treatment is important for this reason.

Signs of Use

A person who is abusing mescaline will probably exhibit at least some outward signs that they are using a hallucinogenic drug. Some of those signs can include:

  • Having hallucinations
  • Lacking an appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Flushed skin
  • Changes in their mood
  • Problems sleeping
  • Painful headaches
  • An increase in energy levels
  • Problems with coordination

Signs of Addiction

It is important to know how to identify the signs of addiction, either in one’s self or in a loved one. There are certain signs that could indicate a person has gotten addicted to peyote, and they include:

  • No longer participating in hobbies and activities they once enjoyed.
  • Denying that they have a problem with the drug.
  • Ensuring that they always have a supply of the drug on hand, and possibly keeping stashes.
  • Using the drug excessively.
  • Having the desire to stop using, but finding that they are unable to.
  • Using the drug only in secret or with others who also use it.
  • Going through withdrawal once the drug is out of their system.
  • Becoming disheveled or haggard in appearance.
  • Experiencing health issues as a result of their drug use, yet, they continue to abuse it.

Recovering from Mescaline Addiction – Treatment is Available

Getting the right treatment and support can make a big difference for someone who is addicted to mescaline. While there are some people who are able to quit using it without relapsing, others may not be so fortunate. There is always the risk that even though they quit peyote, they may start using another drug instead.

Peyote Withdrawal Symptoms

For someone who is addicted to peyote, or at least a long-time, regular user, withdrawal symptoms can be very difficult to manage. This drug works by stimulating the overproduction of dopamine and serotonin, which are two neurotransmitters in the brain. Their job is to regulate emotions and help people relax.

But when a person who is addicted to peyote stops using this drug, dysphoria can result. They may begin feeling depressed, anxious and restless. Paranoia and psychosis are also typical during withdrawal and people often have hallucination flashbacks.

Even so, drug detox may not be necessary for everyone. Those who do need help getting through withdrawal can go through the detoxification process and receive medical and holistic treatments to help with their symptoms.

Drug Rehab for Peyote Addiction

Drug rehab is extremely important for anyone who is addicted to mescaline. People need various types of therapy in order to determine what caused them to form this addiction in the first place. Once that information is known, the appropriate steps can be taken to treat it.

For many people, abusing peyote is a direct result of their desire to self-medicate. They may be struggling with their mental health, and the drug makes them feel better for a short period of time. This is called having a co-occurring disorder, and these conditions must be treated appropriately.

Dual diagnosis treatment is highly recommended for anyone who has a co-occurring disorder. This is a method of treating both the addiction and the substance abuse problem simultaneously. Through coordinated efforts, the reason for the addiction can be properly addressed, which will reduce the risk of relapsing.

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SpringBoard Recovery Offers Drug Rehab and Sober Living Services for People Seeking Mescaline Addiction Treatment

At SpringBoard Recovery, we have worked with many people who were addicted to mescaline and/or other hallucinogenic drugs. We understand how they affect the mind and body and we provide personalized treatment to address the unique issues that every client faces.

Clients who come to us for help with this addiction will be carefully assessed to determine their needs. If withdrawal is a major concern, or if they are addicted to other drugs as well, a period of drug detox may be recommended. While we do not offer this service in-house, we do provide detox referrals to area programs we know and trust. After detoxing, the client can return to us for further treatment.

Drug rehab is where most of the healing will take place from mescaline addiction. Many of our clients participate in our intensive outpatient program, or IOP. It is a flexible treatment option that requires attendance at evening appointments 3-5 times every week. People enjoy this type of program because it leaves the daytime hours free for work, school or caring for their families.

We also offer sober living services for those who need them. A lot of people have started traveling to other states to get help for their addictions, and Arizona is a popular destination. Those individuals can stay in our sober living home while they get the treatment they need. But we also assist locals as well. Sometimes people may live with others who regularly abuse drugs, and in those situations, recovery can be extremely difficult.

Learn More About Mescaline Addiction and Recovery Options

Mescaline is a drug that can appear to be relatively harmless. Many users think of it as fun and enjoyable, but the reality is that it can lead to addiction. Once a person gets addicted to it, stopping its use can be a challenge. But that does not mean that recovery is not possible. It is with the right support.

Have you been abusing peyote? If so, you may have been unaware of some of the drug’s effects and we hope that we have helped you learn more about them. We also hope that you will see the value in stopping its use and embracing a life of recovery. There has never been a better time to get the help you need than right now.

Would you like to know more about mescaline (peyote) addiction? Do you have questions about our outpatient drug treatment program and your options for rehab? We can help you. Please contact us right away.


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