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Peyote cactusThere are three naturally occurring hallucinogens: mescaline, from the peyote cactus; psilocin and psilocybin, found in about 100 varieties of mushrooms; and dimethyltriptamine (DMT) which is found in a variety of seeds and plants.  These drugs have been known for centuries, and some are used in religious ceremonies by native peoples.

Peyote buttonsMescaline is the most widely known of these natural hallucinogens.  The peyote cactus is cut up and dried into pieces called buttons.  However, this cactus is scarce, and real mescaline is rare.  Only a fraction of what is sold as mescaline is actually mescaline.

These substances can produce vivid color changes which appear in geometric patterns.  The user's perception of time and space is altered.  There are thought disorders, impaired judgment, anxiety, fear, and depression.  As with LSD, it is possible to suffer a fatal overdose.


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