What is Mescaline? Uses, Side Effects, Withdrawal Symptoms, and More

Mescaline is a common hallucinogenic drug. This is one of eight different hallucinogenic alkaloids which is derived from Mexican cacti. Most commonly, the peyote cactus. Depending on the dose, this drug will cause major hallucinogenic effects on the body and mind. The drug will stimulate the serotonin and dopamine receptors within the central nervous system. This will excite those neurons in the brain and lead to psychedelic symptoms.

Mescaline’s chemical structure shows it to be related to amphetamines.

Uses of Mescaline

For thousands of years, It has actually been commonly used in religious ceremonies by some of the North and South American Indian tribes.

This remains true even today. The way to ingest Mescaline is commonly called “peyote buttons,” which are simply slices or wafers of the peyote cactus that have been dried and then ingested into the body by eating or making tea with it. Mescaline is very quickly absorbed during the digestion process and can usually begin to take effect on the body within 45 to 60 minutes for most people. The duration of the effects is typically between 4 to 8 hours. It will most likely cause intense visual hallucinations. It can alter your state of consciousness, causing what many call a psychedelic experience. It will dilate the pupils.

dried Mescaline and a bottle of grinded Mescaline

There will most likely be all or a combination of these effects:

  • Open and/or closed visualizations with the eyes
  • The feeling of being in a dream-like state
  • A sense of slowing of the passage of time
  • Intense bouts of laughter
  • Mixing up the senses (such as seeing sounds or tasting colors)

After it has been taken, Mescaline can be detected in either the hair, blood, saliva, or urine samples. The amount of time it can be detected in these will vary. It can then be detected in the hair follicle test for up to 90 days. It is a shorter detection span for blood and urine. In a blood test, it will show up for about 24 hours after use. In saliva, it will be detectable for up to 10 days. It is detectable in the urine for up to 3 days.

Potential side effects of Mescaline

Unpleasant side effects and risks are common with taking any drug. Let’s look at what kind of side effects potentially can happen if you take Mescaline. Side effects can be both mental and physical.

You may have a difficult time focusing on anything specific, whether it be an idea or an object. Thought processes can be easily derailed. You may have mood swings that are unpredictable and very drastic in nature.

Nausea and vomiting are very common with any hallucinogenic but especially with Mescaline.

Other physical symptoms can be:

  • Increased sweating
  • Tremors
  • Increasing blood pressure
  • Increasing the overall body temperature
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Shallow or rapid breathing
  • Difficulty with motor coordination
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Complete loss of appetite

Taking Mescaline most likely will negatively affect anyone who has a history of having anxiety.

Withdrawal symptoms

Withdrawal from Mescaline will end up occurring when the absence of any mescaline in the body causes the body to lower the neurotransmitters in the brain.

Some of the most common withdrawal symptoms can be:

  • Depression
  • Restlessness
  • Problems with memory or cognitive ability
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • High blood pressure
  • Dizziness
  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
woman looking outside the window looking sad and depressed

Symptoms of withdrawal can last for around two weeks most of the time. The severity of the withdrawal symptoms will end up varying from one individual to the next. Most major symptoms typically happen around the first 24 hours of the detox process. Over the next two weeks, experiencing many different psychological challenges is typical of withdrawal from Mescaline. Once the detox process is done, taking advantage of counseling or therapy can help the individual integrate their new healthier lifestyle.

Although pretty rare, an overdose of Mescaline can cause severe toxicity or even death in someone who has ingested a large amount of this substance. Mescaline is very mentally addictive rather than physically. This can develop very quickly. It can cause a high tolerance in the body, causing you to have to take higher doses to achieve the same hallucinogenic effect that may be desired. This can put you at risk for a dangerous outcome.

How Elite Home Detox can help you

Detoxing from a drug alone can end up being unhealthy for you mentally and physically and maybe even dangerous. It is a good idea to consult with a professional if you or someone you know are trying to fight a mescaline addiction. Elite Home Detox has customized programs available to you. Contact us today, and we can help you on your road to recovery. Your body and mind will be healthier after going through our recovery process.

EHD Can Help You Through The Withdrawal Process

Elite Home Detox is here for you if you need help withdrawing from Mescaline or any other addictive drug. We can provide you with the one-on-one care you need while going through detoxification and withdrawal symptoms caused by addiction. And best of all, we come to you! You can make a full and lasting recovery in the comfort of your home with the help of our expert medical team. Contact us today to learn more.


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