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San Pedro (Tricocereus pachanoi or Trichocereus pachanoi)

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contain Mescaline, a potent hallucinogenic substance. Peyote dosage is about 12-30g (or so) or about 6-15 (or more) 2g dried buttons. Good luck finding it, because it cannot be sold in the US (unless you know a real cool native, a cultivator, or are a member of a group that has legal rights to use it ie. Native American Church. All people are welcome to be members weather or not you are a Native American)!


SAN PEDRO is LEGALLY Sold and Posessed in the US for"ORNAMENTAl" Purposes

Let us all move together for the FREE USE of the Entheogenic Sacrements!



Dosage for pure MESCALINE
threshold 100 mg
light 100 - 200 mg
moderate 200 - 300 mg
strong 300 - 500 mg
heavy 500 - 700 mg
rodent LD-50 (lethal dose) 370 mg/kg (~20,000 mg)

Onset : 45 - 60 minutes
Peak : T + 4 hours
Duration : 4 - 8 hours
Come Down : 2 - 4 hours

Once extraction of mescaline is begun (or you have the final product) you now have a controlled substance (mescaline, schedual 1 drug in the US) and are legally in question. Not sure about the actual tea being legal (guess it depends on how well you explain it), but to drink it for intoxication is illegal

Technical San Pedro Extraction Process

Alkaloid List and Concentrations of various San Pedro Cacti

"The alkaloids present, including the majority of mescaline reside in the first 1 cm of skin. The green chlorophyl containing tissue under the skin appears to be where the majority of the alkaloids accumulate. The adjacent white tissue is low in, or totally lacking those active ingredients. The woody core is also considered esentially free of active alkaloids.( May contain some alkaloids that might alter the effects of ingestion )" ----Visionary Cactus

San Pedro dosage depends on the potency of the plant. Wide varieties in potency (even between species, and within the same species) make a hard and fast rule of dosage hard to determine. Remember to test the potency if you are unsure.

Where do I get San Pedro?

How to Prepare San Pedro for Sacremental Use:

See Warning Below.

If you are brave (fool?) enough to try to actually eat the cacti, the woody core does not contain a substancial amount of mescaline, and is a heck of a lot of fiber to put through your body. Remove the spines (stickily things) saving as much of the skin and area beneath the skin. Then break the pieces off as close to the whitish core as possible. If you have a lot of it it might be possible to trip from the core but it would take a lot and no attempt to state a dosage will be made. If not, toss the core along with the spines (stickily things).

One user expressed this sentiment: I started drinking that stuff down right, and somewhere in my brain someone said: "Hey, you used to make tea out of peyote." And the light went on; and after blending the cacti in water (and 20-25% lemon juice), really really good; boil it for about 20 minutes (20 minutes, at least, at a full boil). Pour it through a collinder into a cup, add sugar, and I'll be damned, it is a liquid "tea," that tastes not really good, but it was not that bad either. It goes down really easy! This should be thought about before slamming the digestive tract by drinking/eating that great bulk of bitter fiber (that is really hard to get down). If you are interested in the tea or capsuls use the methods listed below.

Fresh San Pedro Preparation and Dosage

Dry San Pedro Preparation and Dosage

San Pedro Recipes: The Cooking

How to Dry San Pedro

Mystery Man Tea

The Experience:

soft color grows,
the darkenss lightens,
motion is blurred,
vision is steadied,

mixing thoughts,
expand to dillusion,
rushing waves,
of reality flash,

into that state,
where reality quakes,
driven beyond,
by St. Peter's bitter drink,

the mists descend,
the night somehow light,
colors take their stand,
disolving into being,

boundries of self lost,
unaware of the frost,
cartoon land,
nothing is bland,

visions creeping,
not so softly,
a gentle ride,
soft, mellow, and kind,

the spirit of the Earth,
softly now speaks,
there are two states in life,
order and disorder,

neither is better,
neither is bad,
balance is the mediator,
and is the mushroom or man,

each element has,
its own sacred brew,
master them all,
and your self too.



Vaults of Erowid: Mescaline

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The Mind Behind The Madness

The Chesher Cat is a Mysterious Man

WARNING: Mescaline is a hallucinogenic substance. Do not use any substance if there is a history or the potential of mental or physical illness unless it has been shown to improve your condition or attitude. Do not use substances if you are on psychotropic pharmaceuticals or other types of drugs until you have researched possible interactions.

This page is not advocating the use of any particular substance. Chemical use should be an individual decision made after much research and thought. To deny people the ability to explore their religion and take their sacraments is horrible. For this reason, an honest source of information is required. There are many dangers in all things in life and this is not any different. This information is provided as a public service to educate. It is built on experience, research and submissions.

Driving under the influence of ANY substance is highly discouraged. When YOU do this YOU take others lives into your hands and YOU DO NOT have the right to do that. Do what you will to yourself. The lack of responsible use of drugs is one of the reasons they are illegal. REMEMBER THAT THESE PLANTS ARE SACRAMENTS, SO TREAT THEM THAT WAY, and they will treat you with respect and love in return. Listen with a clean mind and a heart seeking knowledge and the plants will bless you in ways that you CANNOT imagine. Plant consciousness is a self ruling consciousness, and therefore demands responsibility. Freedom requires responsibility; it demands it. When the people are not responsible for themselves, the government (State) steps in and does it for them, and so restricts everybodies way of life and personal beliefs.

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