Mescaline is a chemical found in peyote, a small, spineless cactus which grows naturally around the north of Mexico and the southwest of America thus cases for mescaline drug rehab are very rare. The cactus’ “buttons” are usually soaked in water to extract the mescaline into a liquid, which can then be consumed to provoke a hallucinogenic reaction. As with most hallucinogens, drug rehab centres provide supportive environments for a bad trip, offer counselling and can prescribe anti-anxiety medicines in extreme cases.
Mescaline is always swallowed. It is most commonly sold as a liquid, but it can also be prepared in other ways. The visible portion of the peyote cactus is referred to as the crown, and it contains several disc-shaped “buttons.” These buttons can be chewed on directly to ingest the drug, or they can be dried before eating. Some users prefer to make them into a tea because of the bitter taste of the cactus. The effects of the drug can last for up to 12 hours.
The effects of mescaline are similar to those of many other hallucinogens, such as LSD and magic mushrooms. The user’s perceptions, consciousness and feelings are knocked askew, and they experience sounds and colours more “intensely” than usual. The drug produces euphoria, induces giggling and causes hallucinations. Physiologically, it increases blood pressure, body temperature and heart rate, and causes tremors, insomnia and loss of appetite. The effects of mescaline are largely related to its interaction with the serotonin system, which regulates mood, hunger, perceptions, body temperature and muscle control.
The main risk of taking mescaline which drug rehab centres are concerned with is the possibility of a “bad trip.” A period of hallucination is referred to as a “trip,” and these can either be pleasurable or bewildering and horrifying. On a bad trip, the usually whimsical and enjoyable hallucinations can turn menacing, or the shift in consciousness can cause the user to experience extreme paranoia or other negative emotions. The effects of mescaline are considered to be analogous to having a mental illness.
Despite the risk of a bad trip, drug rehab centres generally don’t have to do too much for mescaline users. Hallucinogens such as LSD and magic mushrooms can exacerbate existing mental illnesses, but a study into mescaline’s long term effects on a North American tribe (who use the drug in rituals) showed no signs of mental defects. The other effects of the drug, such as nausea, drowsiness and muscle weakness aren’t severe and abate when the trip is over.
Drug rehab centres have safe rooms and provide constant medical supervision for people having a bad trip. Mescaline trips can last for a long time, and if one is going badly, the user could hurt him or herself and possibly others. Staff members in drug rehab centres are supportive, and give the user a safe environment in which to relax and work through the drug’s effects. Doctors are on hand to prescribe anti-anxiety medicines (such as benzodiazepines) if required. If a tolerance has been built up – which is possible with mescaline – the centre may provide counselling to help the person avoid relapse.
If you or a loved one is using mescaline, deciding whether a drug rehab program is required can be difficult. The drug doesn’t carry many long term dangers, but users can still become psychologically dependent on it. We provide free advice on the different drug rehab programs available and can help you determine whether you or your loved one would benefit from one. For a small fee, we can also provide telephone counselling, which can be sufficient to tackle a mescaline problem. Don’t struggle through this alone; we are here to help you.