mescaline


mes·ca·line

noun \ˈmes-kə-lən, -ˌlēn\

: a drug that comes from a cactus and that makes people see things that are not real

Full Definition of MESCALINE

:  a hallucinatory crystalline alkaloid C11H17NO3 that is the chief active principle in peyote buttons

First Known Use of MESCALINE

1896

mes·ca·line

noun \ˈmes-kə-lən, -ˌlēn\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of MESCALINE

: a hallucinatory crystalline alkaloid C11H17NO3 that is the chief active principle in peyote buttons

mescaline

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Hallucinogen, the active principle in the flowering heads of the peyote cactus. An alkaloid related to epinephrine and norepinephrine and first isolated in 1896, mescaline is usually extracted from the peyote and purified, but can also be synthesized. When it is taken as a drug, its hallucinogenic effects begin in two to three hours and may last over 12 hours; the hallucinations vary greatly among individuals and from one time to the next, but they are usually visual rather than auditory. Side effects include nausea and vomiting.

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