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Peyote (Lophophora williamsii)

Peyote (Lophophora williamsii)


Peyote or Lophophora williamsii is a small, spineless cactus. It is native to southwestern Texas and through Mexico. 

Well known for its psychoactive alkaloids, particularly mescaline, it is used world wide as an entheogen and supplement to various transcendence practices including meditation, psychonautics, and psychedelic psychotherapy. Peyote has a long history of ritualistic and medicinal use by indigenous Americans. 

The cactus flowers sporadically, producing small (edible) pink fruit. The seeds are small and black, requiring hot and humid conditions to germinate. Peyote contains a large spectrum of phenethylamine alkaloids, of which the principal one is mescaline. The mescaline content of Lophophora williamsii is about 0.4% fresh (undried) and 3-6% dried. Peyote is extremely slow growing. Cultivated specimens grow considerably faster, sometimes taking less than three years to go from seedling to mature flowering adult. More rapid growth can be achieved by grafting Peyote onto mature San Pedro or Pereskiopsis spathulata root stock.

The top of the cactus that grows above ground, also referred to as the crown, consists of disc-shaped buttons that are cut above the roots and sometimes dried. When done properly, the top of the root will form a callus and the root will not rot. When poor harvesting techniques are used, however, the entire plant dies. The buttons are generally chewed, or boiled in water to produce a psychoactive tea. Peyote is extremely bitter, and most people are nauseated before they feel the onset of the psychoactive effects.

In Canada, this sacred cactus is completely legal in all forms. For more information, visit our page on the legality of Peyote in Canada.

Shipping Restrictions:

We cannot ship Peyote (Lophophora williamsii)  to the USA due to legality issues, so please, if you live in the US, don't bother buying our Peyote (Lophophora williamsii)!



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