Short term effects of mescaline
When a person first ingests peyote, nausea and vomiting as well as anxiety are common. After these initial peyote effects have been described as very dream-like, drifting, almost a delirium type of state during the first couple of hours. The sensation is similar to LSD but less edgy. While both auditory and visual hallucinations occur, many users say that a peyote high is more suitable for inner reflection and contemplation. Much depends on the potency of the peyote and the blend of mescaline and the fifty or some odd alkaloids contained in cactus.
Other effects can include
- increased body temperature
- heart rate
- blood pressure
- loss of appetite
Peyote can be dangerous. Some users experience lowered blood pressure and difficulty breathing. Other common side effects include nausea and vomiting about 30 to 60 minutes after ingestion, as well as intense feelings of anxiety and paranoia throughout the experience.
While direct deaths from mescaline are uncommon, any injuries or deaths are more likely to be a result of accidents that occur because of the distorted perception that is the drug’s major effect. If you do decide to try peyote or mescaline, avoid moving around too much and make sure someone who is not using the drug is there to help you if you need it.
Long term effects of peyote
Much research has been done on the potential long-term effects of using peyote on a regular basis. This research found that most people using peyote in religious settings fail to experience any negative effects, other than occasional short-term nausea and stomach pain. The lack of lasting phsycial and mental trauama is one of the things that distinguishes peyote from other hallucinogens. However, there are a few reported cases of users developing hallucinogen persisting perception disorder (hppv). HPPV is also seen in frequent users of LSD, acid and other hallucinogens. The condition causes sufferers to experience flashbacks of hallucinations a long time after taking the drug. The biggest danger of HPPV is that the sufferer may experience a flashback while he or she is operating a moving vehicle or engaging in some other potentially life-threatening activity.
Heavy users of mescaline may develop a tolerance to the drug. Although it takes a really large amount of mescaline the cause an overdose, the built-up tolerance to mescaline poses a risk in that it can be transferred over to other hallucinogens. This means that a person with a high tolerance for mescaline will also have a high tolerance for LSD and angel dust, even if he or she has never used those drugs.
The biggest risk in using peyote or mescaline in recreational setting is that drugs sold on the street and billed as mescaline almost always contain other drugs, such as LSD, ecstasy and angel dust. While mescaline is not necessarily harmful in and of itself, the other drugs commonly found in mescaline tablets certainly are.