San Pedro powder in vegan capsules
Medicinal and traditional uses
San Pedro cactus has the highest concentration of mescaline present. Mescaline has been used for various purposes. Traditionally it had an essential role in religious rituals, among Native Americans, who consider that this substance allows to open the spirit. Having interested other cultures, mescaline is now used for recreational purposes, but also as an entheogen to facilitate psych~exploration.
Currently it is widely known and used to treat nervous disorders, drug addiction, heart disease and hypertension, it also acts as an antimicrobial.
It has a long tradition in Andean medicine. Some archaeological studies have found evidence of its use dating back two thousand years, to the Chavín culture. It was used by the natives in religious festivals for its hallucinogenic properties due to the large amount of alkaloids it has, especially mescaline. A drink called “aguacoya” or “cimora” was prepared, which was generally mixed with other entheogenic plants.