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What Should People Know About Peyote Addiction?

What Should People Know About Peyote Addiction?

Peyote is a hallucinogenic drug used by Native American tribes in ceremonies. People who used it would take it to assist their spiritual journey. Mescaline is the active ingredient in Peyote, a spineless cactus growing in the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. The mescaline comes from the crown which is on top of the cactus. Peyote can be addictive and cause addiction, having lasting physical and mental consequences.

Peyote Addiction Stats

As with any addictive substance, peyote can cause tolerance for people who use it regularly. The majority of stats for addiction exclude peyote and mescaline. Quite often, peyote and mescaline may fall under other hallucinogenic categories and is less well understood. The causes of addiction may include:

  • Psychological addiction
  • Craving the spiritual journeys associated with taking the drug
  • Become addicted to visual trips
  • Peer pressure

Common Signs

When looking for addiction to peyote, it is helpful to notice the following signs:

  • Physical environment
  • Sense of well being
  • Strength of dosage
  • State of mind
  • Prior experiences
  • Euphoria
  • Dilated pupils
  • Increase or loss of hunger
  • Distorted perceptions


People who use and abuse peyote can create some negative outcomes. Sometimes people experience psychological effects that may be dangerous. Lots of people like to go on a vision quest to see things only peyote provides. A trip can last seven to twelve hours. Prolonged use may cause short-term memory loss, distorted sense of reality, and other negative effects including flashbacks, unpleasant emotions, schizophrenia, emotional swings, paranoia, and psychosis. Addiction treatment is different for peyote as it is not addictive in the same way other drugs are, but it is habit forming. A psychological addiction may challenge someone to function normally and thus they need a stress free and peaceful environment in which to resolve the addiction. A holistic approach can be helpful including behavioral therapy, support programs, and intensive therapies.

If you are struggling with addiction to peyote or other substances, Serenity provides a peaceful space in which to rest and recover. We help you recognize the signs of addiction, seek help, and support your journey forward. Don’t struggle alone, there is hope. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 866-294-9401