Peyote

The Drug Library

About the Course:

Peyote is a type of cactus that grows in the Southwestern United States and parts of Mexico. The active ingredient in peyote is mescaline, a potent hallucinogenic chemical. Peyote has played a central role in Native American culture for thousands of years. It has been used as a painkiller, a stimulant, and a spiritual tool in religious ceremonies. Only members of Native American churches are legally allowed to possess and use peyote as part of their ceremonies. In Peyote, author Nancy Ross-Flanigan explores the physical, emotional, historical, and societal effects of peyote. She looks at legal issues surrounding peyote use by Native Americans and the extent to which peyote is used by non-Native Americans.

Journal/Publisher:

Enslow Publishers, Inc.

Publication Date:

1997 First Edition

Author

Nancy Ross-Flanigan

About the Author:

Nancy Ross-Flanigan writes about science, technology, and health. She was the science writer for the Detroit Free Press from 1984 to 1995.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for Native Americans, health care professionals, especially substance abuse counselors, psychologists, counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about the effects, dangers, and legal status of peyote. It is appropriate for an introductory to intermediate levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Describe the history of peyote.

  2. Explain the use and effects of peyote.

  3. Identify the role of peyote in Native American religious rituals.

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