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Peyote is a small, spineless cactus, Lophophora williamsii, whose principal active ingredient is the hallucinogen mescaline. From earliest recorded time, peyote has been used by native peoples in northern Mexico and the southwestern United States as a part of traditional religious rites. Mescaline can be extracted from peyote or produced synthetically.
Plants may be blue, green, yellow or a combination of reds and greens. The “crown” of the peyote cactus consists of disc-shaped buttons that are cut from the roots and dried. The dried buttons are generally chewed or soaked in water to produce an intoxicating liquid.
Hallucinogens like peyote (mescaline) create altered states of perception and feeling.
Signs of use include sleep problems, uncoordinated movement, panic, paranoia, sensory confusion, disoriented thinking or detachment from reality. If you’re concerned your child may be using peyote or other substances, the following can help you address the behavior more effectively.
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