In the Pantheon of the great plant medicine teachers, none are perhaps as underappreciated as Huachuma. More commonly known as San Pedro, this mescaline containing psychedelic tea brewed from the San Pedro cactus has powerful visionary and serotonergic effects. The result is an often mild, nauseating brew in a somewhat unfocused ceremonial setting. That is a far cry from the Grandfather plant I have been privileged to learn from. The Huachuma tradition began in ancient Chavin, some years ago.
Journeying with Huachuma, the Sacred Andean Cactus
W hen all things are perceived as infinite and holy, what motive can we have for covetousness, for drearier forms of pleasure? Native to the Andean mountain range of South America, huachuma Echinopsis pachanoi is also known as San Pedro Saint Peter because it is said to be the key that opens the gates of heaven. Huachuma is a tall columnar cactus related to Peyote Lophophora williamsii and contains the same psychoactive hallucinogenic ingredient mescaline. Peyote is widely used by various tribes in Northern Mexico as well as the Native American Church in the United States to produce a visionary state where profound introspection takes place. While Huachuma has been off the radar for many people — even within the plant medicine world — the fact that Peyote cactus is endangered and hard to come by is opening up a new opportunity for Huachuma to play a key role in conscious evolution as a powerful psychedelic natural medicine. He also hosts huachuma ceremonies and says mescaline is different than other hallucinogenic substances in some subtle but important ways. Mescaline itself is nontoxic. Because of its unique pharmacology and gentle action, as well as its abundance and ease of preparation, huachuma is a standout for those who want to explore plant medicine for self-healing. In fact, the hallucinogenic may have been what actually inspired the complex civilization to develop in the first place. The priests would blow pututus [shell horns] and whisper creepy or spiritual stuff while the person walked through the labyrinth in the pitch black.
Posted by Roger R. Mar 4, Articles , Psychedelic Therapy 0. Image Source: Flickr user Ed Ogle. After the nausea wanes, huachuma enters and moves through your consciousness. You enter a lucid but dream-like state and your body feels numb. As the numbness grows, you feel like your soul is voyaging beyond your body as you experience extremes of joy and sorrow. As worldly objects glow with ethereal color, you perceive a significant underlying energy to all things, and the world and yourself in it seem to click together in one huge, expansive understanding. However, those that have experienced this powerful plant agree that it is strong medicine for whatever ails you.
Echinopsis pachanoi syn. Uses for it include traditional medicine and traditional veterinary medicine, and it is widely grown as an ornamental cactus. It has been used for healing and religious divination in the Andes Mountains region for over 3, years. Echinopsis pachanoi is known by many names throughout South America such as achuma, huachuma, wachuma, aguacolla, hahuacollay, or giganton. Echinopsis pachanoi is native to Ecuador and Peru. Large numbers can be produced by well established cacti and may open new flowers over a period of weeks. There are black hairs along the length of the thick base leading to the flower. Echinopsis pachanoi has a long history of being used in Andean traditional medicine. Archeological studies have found evidence of use going back two thousand years, to Moche culture. The name is attributed [ by whom?