Lophophora williamsii is a species of stem cactus, also known as coneflower or Williams' urchin or simply peyote. This perennial plant is native to the deserts of Mexico and Texas, and its popularity is due to its content of compounds with psychoactive properties. Peyote is most abundant on limestone and clay soils. Its distinctive feature is its yellowish or pink flowers, which somewhat resemble prickly pear and open during the day.
Lophophora williamsii owes its psychoactive properties to the content of various alkaloids, such as mescaline in particular. You can find seeds of this cactus for self-growing in the offer of our online store Shroom.it. At the same time it is worth noting that in Polish climatic conditions peyote is not able to develop substances with narcotic effects. Williams coneflower growing wild in the United States, on the other hand, is under strict protection, so you should always carefully check the source of its origin.
The name of this cactus refers to the Nahuatl language, in which it means something shiny or shimmering. Over the centuries, peyote has gained great religious and cultural significance, especially among American and Mexican Indians. This succulent is under protection in the US, and its possession and use is illegal. Only indigenous tribes have the right to use this plant, and they are allowed to obtain and use it for religious purposes. For them, peyote performs an integrative function, as well as a form of magical protection against evil. Representatives of various cultures did not always choose to consume it, as it was often used as an amulet. The plant also plays an important role in some factions of Christianity, where it is accepted as a sacrament for healing the spirit.
A mature weed has a somewhat spherical and flattened shape, and is characterized by a distinctly ribbed division and fleshy skin. The older the succulent, the more prominent the lines on its surface become. The plant can also have spiral-shaped grooves, which often take on varied forms. In the wild, the stem of the cactus grows to an average of 20 centimeters, while for home cultivation it reaches a maximum of about 6 centimeters in height. Peyote develops very slowly, as its growth does not exceed 1 cm per year. One of the characteristics of this plant is also the ornamental flowers, which, however, often appear only after several years. After the flowering of the weed, it produces fruits.
Lophophora williamsii is a plant with psychoactive properties that have been used for centuries to induce hallucinations and ecstatic states. The alkaloids contained in wild hawkweed profoundly affect consciousness, and generate many other tactile, olfactory and auditory sensations or feelings of depersonalization and suspension of the passage of time. The most common form of peyote consumption practiced in many cultures was taking an infusion prepared from the dried cactus. The plant was also sometimes eaten in raw, dried or ground form. The mescaline found in wild peyote is considered a fairly potent psychoactive substance, so the succulent has been completely banned in this form in Poland and many other countries.
The experience gained from mescaline is highly dependent on the individual characteristics of the user, as well as the type and purity of the substance or the circumstances of administration itself. While ancient tribes used Williams' yazgrove primarily in various rituals, in modern times peyote began to be used mainly for recreational purposes. In the 20th century, the plant attracted the interest of many artists, including Witkacy, for example. Scientists are also constantly researching the effects of mescaline in treating various health conditions, especially mental health. Ultimately, the beneficial effects of taking peyote on people struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder, deep depression or addiction have not been confirmed.
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