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Transcript of Mescaline
Period 5 History of the drug The drug Mescaline comes from the plant peyote
Texas and Mexico have been using it for rituals for 3 milleniums
It resembles dopamine and morepinephrine
In the 1600s it was forbidden because users went through frightening experiences
The natives tribes used it in the 19th century
In 1922 1300-2200 people used the cactus for relgious purposes
In 1930 it was found that mescaline had no medical use How is the drug produced or grown and where In traditional peyote preparations the top of the cactus is cut at ground level, leaving the large tap roots to grow new 'Heads'.
It can be found in Northern Mexico and the Southwestern United States Forms of the drug / the way the drug is taken Mescaline can be ingested, ground up, or chewed Legal ways to use the drug Classified as Schedule I Controlled Substance Substances in this schedule have no currently accepted medical use in the United States, a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision, and a high potential for abuse. Probable users People in all types of socioeconomic backgrounds may use mescaline as a receational drug
People living in the areas where mescaline is grown would have easy access may also be users Chemical Reactions The effect on the brain and the CNS The chemical structure of mescaline is very similar to that of the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine, thus the drug can interfere with their actions in the brain. Short term and long term physical, emotional, and mental effects Physical Effects- increased blood pessure, anxiety, numbness, violence, dizziness, dislocation of pupils, chills/sweating
Mental Effects- it can change the way a person sees, smells, hears, tastes, and experiences touch because of its hallucinogenic effect
Emotional Effects- Depression, anxiety, and psychosis Addictive Powers These substances do not appear to cause physical dependence, even after long-term use
Regular users can become psychologically dependent (i.e. they feel like they need the drug and without it, they get anxious or even panicky) Classification The drug mescaline is a hallucinogen Works Cited http://www.drugs.com/mescaline.html
http://www.enotes.com/mescaline-reference/mescaline#reactions-with-other-drugs-substances Drug users sometimes combine drugs to obtain different or more intense effects. "Love flipping" or taking a "love trip" is the practice of taking mescaline and ecstasy at the same time. Ecstasy is a mescaline analog, or an artificially produced drug with chemical similarities to mescaline. It has very dangerous side effects, which could be made even more extreme by taking it at the same time as mescaline.