What does it look like? Mescaline comes from button-shaped seeds found in the peyote cactus and also from some other members of the Cactaceae plant family and from the Fabaceae bean family.
These ‘peyote buttons’ are dried or mixed with water to make a hallucinogenic drink.
What does it taste/smell like?
Mescaline has a bitter taste so some people grind peyote buttons into an off-white powder that is put into capsules.
How do people take it?
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.
Peyote buttons are most often chewed, but they can also be mixed with water and swallowed. Sometimes mescaline is made into a powder and put into capsules and swallowed.
How does it make you feel?
Mescaline is considered a hallucinogen or psychedelic drug and its effects include:
- An altered state of consciousness – with altered thinking and changes in time and perception – is often described as happy, positive, enjoyable, and ‘illuminating’.
- Feeling like you are in a dream-like state.
- Prominent changes in visual perceptions with intense visual distortions and possibly hallucinations (where you see things that aren’t there). These can happen with your eyes open or closed. Less common are auditory hallucinations (hearing things that aren’t there).
- Development of vomiting, headaches, and feelings of anxiety.
How long the effects last and the drug stays in your system depends on how much you’ve taken, your size, whether you’ve eaten and what other drugs you may have also taken.
How long it lasts
Most users chew the button-shaped seeds to produce the hallucinogenic effects, which can last for between 12 to 18 hours.