Mescaline is a type of drug that fits into the hallucinogenic category. It is also known as a narcotic since it does not have a known medical purpose and is illegal under federal law. Different forms of therapy and meditation rituals may use mescaline as a catalytic agent. Mescaline can be abused to the point of needing treatment to not require its consumption to function.
Where Does Mescaline Come From?
This drug comes from plants of nature. Specifically, it is found inside the Peyote cactus and Fabaceae bean, but it can also be made synthetically in a lab. Peyote drugs are also considered hallucinogens. When mescaline is not produced naturally, it appears as a white crystal-like substance called mescaline sulfate. This substance may cause “outer-body experiences.”
How Does Mescaline Affect the Body?
Mescaline interferes with the brain’s cognitive centers. The brain’s chemical system is easily disrupted by the use of mescaline, so it produces many positive and negative effects. When consumed, mescaline can produce effects that can be either enjoyable or frightening. People call these experiences “trips.” When used long-term, the drug can have serious implications on a person’s mind and body.
What are the Long-term Effects of Mescaline Abuse?
Long-term use of mescaline puts a person at risk for substance dependency and withdrawal symptoms. Once a person takes mescaline for so long, they begin to require more and more to achieve the same effect. How much a person consumes, how long they have used it, and how often determine how quickly an individual forms a dependency. Signs of dependence include:
- Needing to consume more of the substance to achieve the same effect
- Not being able to control how much you consume
- Neglecting personal responsibilities and obligations
- Having withdrawal symptoms when you don’t have the drug
- Having relationship problems because of your dependence
If an individual does not have the drug, they may experience withdrawal symptoms, which means they won’t be able to function properly without the drug. Withdrawal symptoms occur due to the brain’s ability to increasingly tolerate the substance over time. Mescaline withdrawal symptoms may include:
- Slowed breathing
- Increased heart rate
- Shaking and tremors
- Mood swings
- Anxiety/panic attacks
- Slurred speech
- Violence and aggressiveness
- Changes in body temperature
Are There Any Extreme Effects of Long-term Mescaline Abuse?
In extreme cases of long-term mescaline abuse, a condition called Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder (HPPD) can arise. This condition is when mescaline abusers experience flashbacks of their previous “trips.” These flashbacks can happen at any time, even years after the person’s problem has stopped, and usually interfere with healthy daily functioning.
Mescaline Abuse Treatment
If a person feels the need to attend a treatment facility, there are plenty of options available. It is important to find a drug rehabilitation center that places great emphasis on a holistic approach to long-term recovery and sobriety.
A holistic approach means that the facility will strive to enhance the entire person’s well-being, meaning their mind, body, and spirit. To wean a person off of a drug is one thing, but it is another to heal their mind and spirit, too. By doing so, the addict’s chances of relapse decrease because they will feel less of a need to return to their substances in the future.
If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction, it is important to seek help now. Safe Prevention is here to help get you on the road to recovery. Call to speak to one of our advisors for more information on addiction treatment and prevention at 1-877-503-2608.