Peyote: Other Plants That are Healing Allies

Peyote: Other Plants That are Healing Allies

With the widespread acceptance of the medicinal benefits of cannabis, people are looking to other plant allies, like peyote. Peyote, a cactus native to the Americas, has thousands of years of recorded consumption and its remarkable healing potential is still relevant today. Peyote is a small cactus native to parts of Mexico and America’s southwest. It contains “buttons” shaped like a disc that are either dried and eaten, or brewed into a tea for consumption. Peyote contains several psychoactive alkaloids, the most well-known of which is mescaline. Importantly, the consumption of peyote induces an altered state of consciousness characterized by visual effects, insights, and feelings of a deeper connection to nature and possible euphoria.  Further, the consumption of peyote among indigenous societies in the Americas dates back thousands of years. In pre-Colombian times, the ceremonial consumption of peyote was centered around healing, something that, after years of suppression, the West is slowly coming around to embracing. Peyote: An Ancient Remedy Just like cannabis, peyote has a history steeped in tradition with 5700 years of recorded consumption. A study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology (2005), 1)El-Seedi, H.R., De Smet, P.A., Beck, O., Possnert, G., Bruhn, J. G. (2005). Prehistoric peyote use: alkaloid analysis and radiocarbon dating of archaeological specimens of Lophophora from Texas. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 101(1-3):238-42. doi:10.1016/j.jep.2005.04.022. jQuery(“#footnote_plugin_tooltip_6726_1”).tooltip({ tip: “#footnote_plugin_tooltip_text_6726_1”, tipClass: “footnote_tooltip”, effect: “fade”, fadeOutSpeed: 100, predelay: 400, position: “top right”, relative: true, offset: [10, 10] }); performed alkaloid analysis and radiocarbon dating on peyote specimens in a cave in…

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