PEYOTE WITH PUPS: A SPECIAL BREED OF PEYOTE THAT HAS THE COLLECTOR IN MIND
Natively called Peyotl, this psychoactive cactus first hailed from the dry regions of Mexico. It was always traditional used for religious purposes, allowing the user to become closer to god through spiritual visions. It is considered to be the first cause for a “war on drugs”, waged by Spanish Conquistadors. The Spanish empire was notorious for forcing its religious beliefs on those who came under their subjugation, and it was no different for the people of what is now Mexico. The Spanish saw the use of Peyote as a heretical act in the worship of false Gods – peyote itself is considered to be the living god El Mescalito. As a result, peyote was outlawed and driven from mainstream use.
Our Peyote with Pups is a special breed. Instead of having the one traditional growth, this rarer, collectors version of peyote grows with numerous pups, allowing for even bigger harvests. Peyote is quite a small cactus in stature; it grows low above soil level when compared to more traditional cacti, with the majority of the peyote cactus growing underground as a large tap root.
They are extremely slow growing, taking up to 3 years to go from seed to a mature adult plant. This, in conjunction with over harvesting and the increasing use of land for ranching, has seen a decline in the amount of peyote growing wild – to the point where it is now an endangered species.
The re-emergence of peyote and our Peyote with Pups is largely down to establishment of the Native American Church in the 90’s. As peyote is central to their religious practices, they have been given legal protection to use it. This has seen a keen niche interest build in the area, with experienced psychoactive drug users wanting to collect and experience it for themselves. If you fancy yourself a peyote fan, then obtaining this unusual specimen may be right up your street.
Just like the classic peyote, the ingredient you will be mainly interested in with our Peyote with Pups is the potent entheogen mescaline. When taken fresh, peyote with pups will have a 0.4% content; if dried you can expect this content level to increase to 3-6%.
HARVESTING AND DOSAGE
The pups of the cactus will develop disc shaped “buttons”. These buttons can be sliced off and be administered either fresh, dried or in a tea form. The most common way to take peyote is to take 4 to 12 of these buttons and then cut and chew them. This releases the active ingredients.
You should make these cuts just above soil level, this will allow the discs to regrow. You can also re-root your cactus by planting it in sandy soil similar to that you would find it in growing in the wild. By watering it regularly and letting it dry out in between each soaking, you can stimulate new root growth.