Trichocereus peruvianus (Peruvian Torch)


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Echinopsis peruviana (syn. Trichocereus peruvianus), Peruvian Torch cactus, is a fast-growing columnar cactus native to the western slope of the Andes in Peru, between about 2,000–3,000 m (6,600–9,800 ft) above sea level. It contains the psychoactive alkaloid mescaline as well as other alkaloids.

Trichocereus peruvianus (Peruvian Torch Cactus) is closely related to San Pedro Cactus, but much less common. It is similar in appearance, but has longer spines and has a darker colour, sometimes being blue. It grows much like San Pedro, but amazingly, it seems to grow faster and be even more hardy. The Peruvian torch contains the largest amount of mescaline of all cacti. Gives clear visions and hallucinations during a mystical and earthly trip.

Effects of Peruvian Torch

Users typically experience visual hallucinations and radically altered states of consciousness, often experienced as pleasurable and illuminating but occasionally is accompanied by feelings of anxiety or revulsion. Other effects include: open and closed eye visualizations, euphoria, dream-like state, laughter and a psychedelic experience.

Like most psychedelic hallucinogens, mescaline is not physically addictive. Mescaline containing cacti can induce severe vomiting and nausea, which adds an important part to traditional Native-American or Shaman ceremonies as it is considered cleansing.

How to use Peruvian Torch

The easiest way to use mescaline cacti is to eat them. Remove the thorns and the outer layer of skin and consume the fleshy green meat that is located around the wooden core. The cacti taste very bitter.

To make tea remove the thorns and cut the cacti in small pieces. Boil them for 2-3 hours in a closed pan with low heat.


Before using Peruvian Torch please be aware that the effects can be very overwhelming. Always make sure you are with an experienced person that you feel comfortable around. Do not combine with alcohol, MAO-Inhibitors or other stimulants.

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