PEYOTE

a tiny, spineless cactus, Loplmphora williuinsii, which cultivates wildly in Mexico and southern regions of Texas. The terminology stems from the Aztec term peyotl, that depicts the plant as looking like a caterpillar's cocoon. The principal active component is the hallucinogen mescaline, discovered in discoid protuberances on the crown of the plant which are referred to as mescal buttons. These buttons are cut from the roots and subsequently dried, and then usually chewed or soaked in water to generate an intoxicating fluid.

PEYOTE: "My aunt has a few peyotes in her back yard."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "PEYOTE," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/peyote/ (accessed October 15, 2019).
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