Hola, my name is Trichocereus Pachanoi. I am a columnar cactus native to Ecuador, Peru, Chile and Bolivia, originally growing on the high altitudes of the Andes, I can be found in many places and flourish well in different climates. My traditional name is Huachuma, that is how the natives know me best, but I’m better known all over the world as San Pedro, after Saint Peter, who is said to hold the keys to the gates of heaven. Some believe that Saint Peter actually used my powers to aid him in finding the keys to heaven, which God had hidden in a secret place.
I AM SERENITY. I AM SPIRITUALITY. I AM THE GUIDING STAR. I INSPIRE YOU IN OPENING THE GATES WITHIN YOURSELF THAT UNCOVER THE DIVINE THAT LIVES WITHIN YOU – YOUR DIVINE NATURE, BLURRED BY THE ILLUSIONS THAT SOCIETY TAUGHT YOU TO UPHOLD AS TRUTH.
Another name for me is El Remedio, meaning “the remedy”, referring to my curative and visionary powers and my ability to remedy the fantasies that human beings believe in.
I’ve been around for millions of years. Humans started using me to help them through their journeys over 3000 years ago, in my native home in South America, mainly in Ecuador & Peru. My main active ingredient is mescaline, the alkaloid largely responsible for my psychoactive effects.
The way that I treat physical or psychological “illnesses”, is by showing people the reality of life, and helping them break through the illusions of this world, showing them that they weren’t sick in the first place. People recount experiences of having cancers or other illnesses healed after a day with me. This is because they were able to recognize what was at the root of their illness, the beliefs that caused it to manifest, and therefore release these roots from their core of their being.
Richard Evan Schultes, an ethnobotanist, quoted a shaman from the Andes saying this about the journey one goes on when they ingest me: “First, a dreamy state, then great visions, a clearing of all the faculties, then detachment, a type of visual force inclusive of the sixth sense, the telepathic state of transmitting one’s self across time and matter, like a removal of thoughts to a distant dimension.”
Well that is part of my essence indeed, but not my totality. I am known to evoke a feeling of oneness with all beings and things. Many realize that the separation they feel is in fact just an illusion. I help you to connect to all that is, and experience that all that is, is you.
After you consume me, a trip may last from 7-12 hours. If you surrender to my guidance I will invite you to a space of cosmic consciousness, love and understanding, which will stay with you after I stop working actively.
I WILL SHARE WITH YOU THE SECRETS OF TIMELESS SPACE AND INFINITE CONNECTEDNESS. I CAN OFFER YOU THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEAVE YOUR BODY AND TRAVEL TO OTHER REALMS.
You might see energy moving all around you when you close your eyes you may see fractal patterns and sacred geometry too.
You may experience the feeling of leaving your body, which all humans are capable of with or without me, but I can make this effortless for those who doubt their ability.
At some point purging is most probable. You will be purging negative energies, delusions that create suffering in your life or that which no longer serves you. Usually, after purging, a sense of relief will flow through you along with more feelings of oneness and bliss.
You may see yourself wanting to engage again with the old patterns you released, even while I am still working, however this time with clear conscious awareness of the play of the mind, something you can take with you into your daily life if and when old habits arise.
Some drink me at night, but preferably you take me in the morning and let me work throughout the day. This is in fact how I was used in my origin. In the daylight you can enjoy more of the visionary experience that I give you and feel a stronger connection to the people and nature around you. The experience will be gentler, though no less powerful. I am a cactus, therefore I love sun and water so I thrive with you around these energies.
I ask you to use me safely, and best with an experienced shaman, curandero or entheogenic guide who can guide you through the journey.
AFTER I STOP WORKING ACTIVELY, AND YOU START FEELING YOUR PHYSICAL SELF AGAIN, YOU HAVE THE CHOICE TO USE WHAT YOU HAVE SEEN AND LEARNED, OR PICK UP YOUR OLD IDENTITIES AND HABITS.
Although this time with new awareness. What you pick up again will probably be much less acceptable to you as you will have greater understanding of its effects.
My gift is one of renewed hope and faith. I bring light to the courage, fulfillment and inspiration within you. I open your eyes to the many blessings you receive, like the stars in the sky – the more you look, the more you will find.
I am a key to your transformation. I open the door to a calm phase in your life, filled with nurturing energy, mental stability and a deeper understanding of both yourself and the universe at large. Teaching compassion and understanding, I will show you how to love, respect and honor all beings. You will realize that you do not exist outside of your environment. We are all children of light – valued and special.
Thanks for getting to know me. Let’s Shine!
CHARACTERISITICS OF SAN PEDRO
How do you take me?
I am a cactus. I love sun and water, but can go for a while without them too. I am physically very strong. I can lie dormant for a while and when you put me back in the soil and water me I’ll start growing again or sprout new heads from my old body. In fact, when they harvest me, most keep my head, around 8-12 inches, and replant me. This way, I’m a very sustainable plant.
I am legal to cultivate in most countries, but the extraction of mescaline from my body is illegal in most places.
My body is light to dark green, and I can grow very tall, averaging 3-6m but have even grown up to 12m in height. I grow straight, with a number of ribs between 4 & 13 although 4 is very rare and has been used traditionally for exorcisms. The number of ribs also tell shamans, or curanderos (people who work with me) the level of my potency and the different ways in which I will work with humans. Sometimes I produce prickly spines too, and sometimes I’m spineless, depending on where in the world I am growing. My thickness also varies, between 6-15 cm in diameter. I also produce a beautiful white flower which opens at night
My active psychoactive ingredient is the mescaline you find just under my green thick skin.
There are different ways to prepare me, either by turning me into a powder, or brewing me into a thick liquid.
When you consume me, you will feel the first effects kick in after about 45 minutes. My Divine High lasts 4-8 hours with a descending time of 2-4 hours.
To prepare me you need to extract the active part that contains mescaline from under my skin. You don’t want my hard skin, nor the inner fibrous white part (it can create a lot of nausea). Just the green mushy part in between is all you need.
SAFETY & RESPECT FOR SAN PEDRO
What you need to know!
In order to make most of our journey, you need to prepare yourself. The cleaner your body and mind is, the more you will get from the journey. It is best to refrain from eating red meat, garlic, onions, fats, spices, and citrus fruits at least 1 day before. No food at all for 12 hours before you drink me, and no sex on the day before either. This is not compulsory, but as in life itself, what you put in, you will get out. And the cleaner you are, the easier I will be on your stomach and on your mind! Remember to drink lots before and during the ceremony.
I highly recommend that you are guided by an experienced shaman or entheogenic guide who knows how to prepare me and how to guide the journey you will embark on. This may not be necessary every time but at least for our first meeting.
Last but definitely not least, treat me with respect, as that is how you will be treating yourself. I am not some chemical or man-made drug for recreational purposes! I am a living, conscious guide here to show you your essence, your truth and the truth about life itself.
SIDE EFFECTS OF SAN PEDRO
Be prepared for possible side effects!
Delusions, Paranoia, Anxiety, Disorientation, I can trigger underlying mental disturbances such as schizophrenia and anxiety disorders.
Mild stress symptoms, Nausea, Vomiting, Rarely perceptional changes can last.
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