5 Things You Should Know About Peyote

05 Sep 5 Things You Should Know About Peyote

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You may have heard of peyote: a cactus-like drug that has been brought over from Mexico. But what are its effects and risks? Here are some peyote facts you should educate yourself and your teen about.

 

5 Things You Should Know About Peyote

By Teen Rehab

Peyote is a hallucinogenic, cactus-like drug. Here are some things you should know about it to stay safe and aware.

  • 1. History

    By Teen Rehab

    From early recordings of history, [peyote has been used](http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/hallucinogens-lsd-peyote-psilocybin-pcp) by native northern Mexicans and southwestern Americans, primarily for ceremonial purposes and religious rites.

  • 2. Harvesting

    By Teen Rehab

    [Peyote is a small, spineless cactus.](http://www.drugfree.org/drug-guide/peyote/) The disc-like part that appears above ground is typically harvested and dried. It is then chewed or soaked, making an intoxicating liquid.

  • 3. Uses

    By Teen Rehab

    Besides historical, ceremonial purposes, [peyote is sometimes used for](http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-473-peyote.aspx?activeingredientid=473&activeingredientname=peyote) fractures, wounds or snakebites, while the liquid form is consumed to treat fevers, joint pain and even paralysis, in spite of serious health concerns. Others use peyote for its hallucinogenic properties, triggered by the chemical mescaline, which has effect similar to but less significant than LSD.

  • 4. Short Term Side Effects

    By Teen Rehab

    There are [several negative short term side effects](http://www.drugfree.org/drug-guide/peyote/) of using peyote. These include nausea, increased heart rate and temperature, loss of appetite, inability to sleep, feelings of numbness and weakness.

  • 5. Long Term Side Effects

    By Teen Rehab

    [Long term peyote use](http://www.drugfree.org/drug-guide/peyote/) can result in flashbacks or recurring hallucinations even long after the drug has been taken. It’s very important, therefore, to educate yourself on the seriousness and risks of recreational drugs.

 

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