Sacred Cacti Part A

Welcome to the on-line version of
Sacred Cacti 4th edition, Part A!

Part A is not yet available as a PDF but that will be changing in the future. Creating this webpage has nicely enhanced the book so those new additions are being incorporated into the PDF-to-come.
  Sacred Cacti 4th edition


2015 4th Edition

Sacred Cacti Part A:

The Mescaline Containing Species



Sacred Cacti 4th edition Part A: huachuma-Geneva

Huachuma (bona fide Trichocereus pachanoi) growing in a shaman’s garden in Peru.


Table of Contents

        I hope that you enjoy this. Almost all of the basic material has been added. There is one chapter that is still in the process of being completed and both sections of the introductory material (Opening Comments and Chapter 1) need to be brought out of the 1990s and into our modern New World.
I’ll post a note whenever those changes occur.


Disclaimer & Cautionary Statement to Readers
It is actually to your benefit if you read this.

Opening comments
[Excerpted from 2nd ed. as PDF]

      Endnotes for Opening comments 

Chapter One – The drug wars; some background and perspectives

     Endnotes for Chapter One

A Few Similarities between the Drug Wars and the Witch Craze (after Szasz)
   (Part of Chapter 1)   [Drug War compared to Witch Craze PDF ]  

Chapter Two – The Peyote ‘crisis’ and some suggestionsRevisited
 [The first part of this revision is already online; the rest is coming soon!]

Chapter Three – The distribution and occurrences of mescaline 

     The reported distribution of mescaline containing species within the family Cactaceae

     A more recent view

     Comments on the occurrence & distribution of mescaline

     Distribution of alkaloids within cacti

Chapter Four the Mescaline Containing Species

Aztekium ritteri (Bödeker) Bödeker

The Gymnocalycium species

Islaya minor Backeberg

The Lophophora species

Lophophora caespitosa

Lophophora decipiens Croizat

Lophophora diffusa (Croizat) H. Bravo

Lophophora echinata Croizat

Lophophora fricii Habermann

Lophophora jourdaniana Habermann

Lophophora koehresii (Ríha) Bohata et al.

Will the real Lewinii please stand up?

Lophophora lutea

Other” peyote species (pentagona, rapa, texensisviridescens, etc.)

The Lophophora pentagona name game

Lophophora williamsii (Lemaire ex SalmDyck) Coulter

Archaic peyote, some beans and a rock

the genus Opuntia

Pelecyphora aselliformis Ehrenberg

Pereskia Mill.

Pereskiopsis Britton Rose

Polaskia chende (GosselinGibson Horak

Pterocereus (?) gaumeri (Britton RoseMacDougall & Miranda

The Stenocereus  species

Stetsonia coryne (SalmDyck) Britton Rose

The Turbinicarpus species

Errors, Unknowns and Lingering Questions

Occurrence of Mescaline Endnotes

Chapter Five Mescaline
has become part of The Cactus Alkaloids.
[3 Dec. 2013 PDF 27.7 mb]

Chapter Six Mescaline Pharmacology
has become part of The Cactus Alkaloids.
[3 Dec. 2013 PDF 27.7 mb]

Chapter Seven the Cultivation & Propagation of Cacti
is now a separate booklet. [PDF]


The sections concerning Assays for, Colorimetric reactions of and the Reagents useful for mescaline have all been moved to the mescaline entry within The Cactus Alkaloids.   [3 Dec. 2013 PDF 27.7 mb]  Useful Manipulation Abstracts is also being moved to The Cactus Alkaloids but this has not yet occurred.

      Biographical data for some cactus & succulent people

      Some of Knize’s & Ritter’s Trichocereus offerings

      Suggested reading

      Inquisition Law

      Peyote Music & Icaros

      Bibliographic list for Ernst Spaeth

      Bibliographic list for J.L. McLaughlin

    Suggested reading concerning phosphenes, drug or mind interactions with rhythmic stimuli (entrainment), and entoptic imagery in rock & other shamanic art

      Cactus Phenethylamines: A Tabular Key to their Structural Formulas

      Cactus Isoquinolines: A Tabular Key to their Structural Formulas

      Structural table Isoquinolines in alphabetical order (is part of the preceeding entry.)

      Mescaline’s Krebs acid conjugates & other compounds reported from cacti

      Cactus Triterpenoids & similar molecules: A Tabular Key to their Structural Formulas

     Cactus Mucilage

     Useful properties of some solvents commonly used in chromatography  [PDF]

References A-Z [Reference list in a PDF format.]
A-D   E-J   K-O   P-S   T-Z   A-Z

Alkaloid cross-list



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