What is Mescaline?

Mescaline is a psychedelic or hallucinogenic drug whose use leads to altered perceptions. It comes from button-shaped ‘seeds’ found in the Peyote cactus and also from some other members of the Cactaceae plant family and from Fabaceae bean family. Mescaline has been used for thousands of years and is best known as a drug used by some Native Americans in Mexico as part of their religious ceremonies.

Most users chew the button shaped ‘seeds’ to produce the hallucinogenic effects, which can last for between 12 – 18 hours.

The key effects and risks of mescaline include:

  • An altered state of consciousness – with altered thinking and changes in time perception – often described as enjoyable and illuminating
  • Prominent changes in visual perceptions with intense visual distortions and possibly hallucinations (seeing things that aren’t really there)
  • Development of vomiting, headaches and feelings of anxiety

What does mescaline look like?

Mescaline comes from green button-shaped ‘seeds’ which are found in the Peyote cactus. These ‘Peyote buttons’ are dried or mixed with water to make a hallucinogenic drink.

Mescaline has a bitter taste so some people grind ‘Peyote buttons’ into an off-white powder that is put into capsules.