Mescaline and psilocybin are naturally occurring psychedelics that are available in nature, existing within life forms. Let’s explore the differences and similarities between the two!
Psilocybin is perhaps the most well-known psychedelic in the modern world, alongside LSD. Many people already know that psilocybin is present in a large variety of mushroom species. The most common of these mushrooms is psilocybe cubensis, which has over 180 different strains. Mescaline, on the other hand, is a compound which originates within different species of cacti. Some of these include San Pedro, Peruvian Torch, and the most famous, Peyote. These mescaline containing plants are native to the USA and Mexico.
Psychedelics and humans
Both of these compounds have a rich history of human symbiosis. The native peoples of the Americas have used mescaline rich cacti and psilocybin mushrooms for thousands of years. They were used in reverence, often a part of traditional ceremonies or spiritual practices. These were not recreational drugs, but rather spiritual accelerators that help the user get to a place of higher existence. With this focused practise comes deeper perspective on life and the self, as well as a heightened appreciation for the natural world, peace and love.
Common effects of mescaline and psilocybin
Some of the common effects reported from ingesting both these substances are very similar. With higher doses, users experience full blown psychedelic experiences. During these sessions, colours can distort into wildly exotic geometric patterns, and the world seems alive, with users feeling a overwhelming sense of interconnectedness with nature. In more potent doses, visuals of animals or entities from other dimensions may be interacted with.
Some differences in the effects
Mescaline in particular, at higher doses, can distort sensations of spatial awareness and touch. Some things may seem further or closer than they really are, soft object may seem hard, and vice versa. Psilocybin, on the other hand, can cause synesthesia at higher doses, which is the phenomenon of mixing senses. This means you may smell the colour green or actual see a sound wave.
It is so great that we are living during a period of history where this subject is within public discourse. The last 70 years were full of stigmas and of course, the War on Drugs. Now that our society is finally breaking free from these shackles, propelled by the legalization of cannabis, we are in for a really exciting future. A future where we can get back to our roots of living symbiotically with these magical plants and their compounds.