What is mescaline?
To answer the question to “what is mescaline?” in a short summary, it’s a first class ticket to psychedelic bliss. To elaborate further on the subjective experience is the point of this article.
Mescaline (3,4,5-trimethoxyphenethylamine) is the active compound within several species of cacti include the commonly known “Peyote”. It fits within the phenethylamine class of drugs heavily explored by Alexander Shulgin which includes ecstasy, meth, 2c-x, and more. It’s the base compound that most all other phenethylamines are derived from. It’s a psychedelic alkaloid that has profound effects on human consciousness.
What are the visuals like?
My experience with mescaline is it’s far more gentle then other psychedelic compounds. This would include LSD, shrooms, DMT, and pretty much any other psychedelic drug I’ve taken. It’s also much more visual, the OEV’s would get so intense I would be breathing colors. Unlike the OEV’s with drugs outside the phenethylamine class, mescaline would make it appear as though thousands of mirror prism’s were causing the hallucinations. With other psychedelic compounds the visuals had more of an organic and subtle feel.
What does it feel like?
It has a very empathogenic feel much like ecstasy (MDMA). In other words, it made me a social butterfly. This strongly contradicts most psychedelic compounds as they can make me feel paranoid in a crowd. Mescaline, on the other hand, would make me feel connected with others and evoke strong feelings of empathy.
How long does it last?
The duration of action with mescaline is the longest I’ve experienced. It’s claimed LSD last 12 hours at a high dose and 6-8 hours on a low dose. With mescaline a low dose can last 12 hours with a high dose ranging from 12-16 hours. As with other psychedelic compounds, this include the come down which kicks in around hour 10.
What makes it unique?
Mescaline is extremely gentle. I realize this is a relative term, I mean 2 grams of shrooms are going to be more gentle than a heroic 5 gram dose. However, with mescaline relevant to how much your perception of reality is altered there is little anxiety. Anxiety can arise with large doses but it’s a lot easier to calm yourself down.
You’re not as crazy on Mescaline. Phenethylamine trips in general tend to be more bright and clear headed. Rather then being in a stupor unaware of your surroundings, with mescaline you’re hyper aware of your surroundings and able to act completely sober. Sometimes you can feel overly stimulated and have strange pops throughout your body from an intense amount of body load.
Compared to other phenethylamines?
Relative to other psychedelic phenethylamines including the 2C-X designer drugs, mescaline feels more entheogenic. It’s more of a “true psychedelic” than 2C-I, I’d equate it more to 2C-E but with a deeper effect on consciousness and simultaneously less anxiety provoking. It feels more natural. If you haven’t experienced phenethylamines, then mescaline is unlike anything you’ve experienced. Phenethylamines are extremely different than shrooms, LSD, or DMT. If I had to compare it to those, I’d say it’s like being on a euphoric stimulant drug combined with a psychedelic.
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Philip Markoff (Associate of Science) is an online influencer and thought leader on addiction education; he is known as his alias “CG Kid” who’s obtained a large audience primarily on YouTube as a vlogger and journalist. His current sobriety date from polysubstance chemical dependency is June 9th, 2013.