San Pedro, or Echinopsis pachanoi, is a psychedelic cactus that grows across South America, and contains the classic psychedelic substance mescaline. San Pedro is a hardy cactus that can grow at high altitude, and is sometimes used as a more sustainable alternative to the endangered peyote cactus.
San Pedro has been used traditionally in Andean shamanism for thousands of years, where it was part of important rituals of healing and divination. The mystical state that San Pedro can induce is said to be sensual and transformational, thanks to its unique collection of alkaloids, including mescaline.
The Seeker’s Guide to San PedroTrichocereus/Echinopsis Pachanoi, Achuma/Huachuma, Aguacolla, GigantónGrowing in the high altitudes of the Andes mountains, San Pedro is a tall, fast-growing cactus that contains the psychedelic compound mescaline – and has been used for its powerful medicinal properties by South American peoples for thousands of years.Anthropological evidence suggests that San Pedro has…Read More
What is San Pedro/ Huachuma? Huachuma, more commonly known as San Pedro in the Western world or currently known as Echinopsis pachanoi in the scientific literature, is a tall (up to 20 ft), light green, night blooming, nearly spineless, columnar cactus native to the Andes Mountains. In its native habitat it grows at altitudes of…Read More
San Pedro cactus (Trichocereus pachanoi), otherwise known as the Cactus of the Four Winds, Huachuma or Saint Peter’s Cactus, is a fast growing columnar cactus native to the Andes Mountains – which can grow up to 20 feet high. It is usually found in Peru, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, and Ecuador – but is also cultivated in many other parts of the world. San Pedro has a history of being used in Andean medicine for healing and religious divination for thousands of years, and archeologistsRead More