Native Americans and Peyote Use
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(Snake and Smith)
In areas where peyote flourishes, indigenous groups historically view not only the consumption of peyote as sacred, but also the collection of the cactus from which it is harvested. Because it can take as long as five years for peyote buds to reach maturity, their relatively short time frame for cultivation. Small groups go into the desert to collect the cactus in a very practiced and formal way. buttons
Native indigenous communities recognize the powerful potential of these plants that they consider sacred. They use peyote as a counselor when they need to make important decisions. They also use it to interpret dreams, have visions, and look into what may some believe to be the future.
When Peyote is ingested it is broken down to produce a chemical called Mescaline. Mescaline is an alkaloid that is responsible for producing the hallucinations which Peyote users can experience. It accomplishes this by interacting with neurotransmitters that are located within the brain. Their psychoactive effects generally last around three to seven hours, during which time a user can undergo a wide range of physical, emotional, and sensory effects. In general, about thirty minutes after ingestion is when noticeable changes in aural, visual, and physical senses can occur. Some of the most common effects include: colors perception being enhanced, physical environments