Peyote (Lophophora williamsii) is a small and slow growing desert cactus that has several active alkaloids of which mescaline is the most well know. Picking the Peyote button in the wild is prohibited. Peyotes are endangered and should be left standing. It is rather easy to grow peyote yourself, and in the right conditions peyote grow relatively fast.
- 20 Peyote (Lophophora williamsii) seeds
- Sealed package to protect seeds and remain viable for germination
Cultivation of Peyote
The Peyote seeds can be planted in September and April. The seeds need to be spread out on the ground and covered with a thin layer of soil. Water untill germinate and keep soil humid. Seeds will grow in a week, do not over water the roots will rot.
The Peytote needs lots of warmth and light, but no direct sun light. 20 – 30 degrees Celsius. Needs a dry environment and not much attention is needed. After several years the peyote will grow to a size of 10-15 cm.
Taking care of them
Peyote need only a few drops water every two to three weeks. In the winter time (december to februari) they need no water at all and no artificial light either. They will not grow in this period anyway.
Use of Peyote
The peyote buds can be eaten and chewed slowely. This is rather challenging, since the taste of the peyote is awfully bitter. Another idea is to cut them up and blend them with grapefruit juice. Yet another method is to dry them en grind them to powder. This powder can then be encapsuled with a capsule machine. When having the fresh buttons, it is always difficult to dose it correctly since the active ingredient content differens from cactus to cactus. Never take all the buttons at the same time. Take the first few cacti and wait 45 minutes at least before taking another. Always remove the white fluff on the cactus before eating or processing them. The fluff is toxic and can iritate the throat.
The trip can last somewhere between 5-24 hours. So it is rather important to keep the day and next day free from apointments. The effects can best be enjoyed in nature where the vision is not obscured by obstacles. So the beach or wide fields, plains are the best environments. Unlike mushrooms, the forrest is not the ideal place to have them.