What Is Peyote?

Asheville rehabIf you’ve never heard of peyote you’re not the only one. However, it’s possible you’ve heard of it, as it is a cactus that grows in areas that have an abundance of limestone. The Chihuahua desert and other Mexican states find it grows naturally there, as well. If you have a peyote addiction, call Legacy Freedom and ask about our alternative Asheville rehab programs.

Peyote is a small spineless cactus that has been used for thousands of years as part of ceremonies for religious Native Americans. Other groups in north Mexico also use it for religious ceremonies and medicine. Unfortunately, when used this unsuspecting cactus is psychoactive.

The plant is used as a hallucinogen for drug users. However, because it is also used for religious rituals and medicine in some parts of our world, there are major legal disputes as to whether or not it is safe to use.

Studies show that peyote is not likely to be addictive physically. However, because it has extreme emotional and psychological effects when used, it can become psychologically addictive.

Individuals who use this plant to get high find that they have an altered perception of time and space. They might also have visions, see music, or hear colors. Vision may be enhanced and colors seem brighter. The drug can leave users feeling extremely happy or intensely frightened, scared, or feeling terrorized. Because the drug causes emotional experiences that are vividly dramatic, it can be likened to using LSD. People who use peyote can also have a bad trip, just like acid users.

Physical effects of this substance can include increased heart rate and blood pressure, tension, numbness, elevated body temperature, sweating, chills, shivering, and nausea.

The population that uses this substance for medicine believe that it can help treat diabetes, toothaches, and more. However, there is little to no research that has been done scientifically on whether or not this is the case.

Though scientists find that peyote may not be physically addicting, they are not sure what the long-term effects of using it are. The only thing that has been frequently observed is that users can experience flashbacks, just as those who have used LSD can.

As with any substance, users can build up a tolerance. This means that they’ll need to use more over time. Otherwise, the effects will not be the same or as intense. As with any drug, building a tolerance can lead to addiction.

As we mentioned above, this substance is often used in religious ceremonies among Native Americans. This brings about questions as to whether or not it should be legal. However, the plant cannot be used for recreational uses. This means that it is illegal to use it specifically to get high and "have a good time" or "wind down."

According to healthline.com, "Under U.S. federal law, recreational use of peyote is illegal. It has no real medical uses and the highest risk of abuse. Ceremonial or religious use is permitted under certain conditions. Members of the Native American Church, a recognized religious institution, are an exception to the ban. Tribal members can use ceremonial peyote without fear of federal penalties. States may have their own specific peyote laws. But they’re required to adhere to the federal regulations, limiting the use of peyote to legitimate religious use."

The following symptoms and signs may occur in those that use the drug both frequently and infrequently:

  • Violence
  • Suicidal tendencies
  • Stroke
  • Speech impairment
  • Sensory distortions
  • Seizures
  • Respiratory failure
  • Relationships with friends and family become estranged
  • Rapid breathing
  • Psychosis
  • Paranoia
  • Panic attacks
  • Onset of schizophrenia
  • Objects appear to breathe
  • Mood swings
  • Memory loss
  • Major depression
  • Irritability
  • Indifference or uninterested in personal activities
  • Impaired motor skills
  • Illogical speech
  • Hypothermia
  • Hyperthermia
  • Financial hardships
  • Feelings of detachment
  • Family tension
  • Euphoria
  • Dilated pupils
  • Death
  • Confusion
  • Coma
  • Career failure
  • Blurred vision
  • Becoming withdrawn
  • Anxiety
  • Analgesia or inability to feel pain
  • Amnesia

Natural substances often seem like they're harmless. The controversy of naturally growing drugs has been going on for decades. However, the facts are that any type of substances that cause physical or psychological effects that are harmful or negative can be addictive and dangerous to use.

If you are struggling with drug use of any kind, know that help is available at Legacy Freedom. We are here to help you find recovery, no matter what drug you are addicted to.

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If you feel like drug use is a part of and/or destroying your everyday life, it might be time to consider getting help. Please contact us to learn more about our Asheville rehab programs. We are here to help you get back on track to a happy, healthy life. You'll find that we offer alternative and holistic treatment. Our programs are geared toward helping individuals cope with their disorders.

Accepting that you need help with an addiction can be difficult. Often, those suffering blame themselves for their situation and rarely believe that they can be helped. Feeling helpless and hopeless is a common problem with all types of dependency. However, accepting help is the first step in the right direction. Know that whatever it is that's causing your addiction, treatment can help. Holistic, alternative therapy is here for you. All you have to do is acknowledge that you need it.

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