mes·​ca·​line | \ ˈme-skə-lən How to pronounce mescaline (audio) , ˈme-skə-ˌlēn\

Definition of mescaline

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

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Peyote contains mescaline, which has historically been used in religious ceremonies by Native Americans. Dana Burke, Houston Chronicle, "Katy man allegedly caught growing peyote, marijuana in his home," 12 June 2018 But in this blend of memoir and history Pollan focuses on the medicinal, specifically a trinity of psychoactive drugs: LSD, mescaline, and psilocybin. Ellen Ruppel Shell,, "Take a hit of acid and call me in the morning," 11 May 2018 Along with hallucinogens like mescaline and psilocybin (that is, magic mushrooms), LSD was often blamed for bad trips that sent people to the psych ward. Michael Pollan, WSJ, "The New Science of Psychedelics," 3 May 2018 Her body struggles to process the methamphetamine and mescaline from the seven X tabs in her bloodstream. Miles Marshall Lewis, The Root, "(What Did I Do to Get So) Black and Blue," 18 Mar. 2018 The Gucci collections seem concocted by an Italian painter whose evening vin santo got spiked with mescaline and Viagra. Will Welch, GQ, "A$AP Nast and Ganna Bogdan Show You How To Navigate the No-Rules Era of American Style," 6 Mar. 2018 The test will come nearly 65 years after Aldous Huxley described his remarkable experiments with mescaline in Doors of Perception (a nod to poet William Blake). Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "How Secure Is Bitcoin Really?," 9 Dec. 2017 This is how morphine is made in the opium poppy, and mescaline in cactuses. Veronique Greenwood, New York Times, "How Beets Became Beet-Red," 24 Oct. 2017 The Elevators embodied psychedelia - from their sound to their open use of LSD, mescaline and marijuana. John Petkovic,, "Garage-rock legend Roky Erickson to hit Beachland Ballroom," 13 Sep. 2017

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1896, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of mescaline

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


mes·​ca·​line | \ ˈmes-kə-lən How to pronounce mescaline (audio) , -ˌlēn How to pronounce mescaline (audio) \

Medical Definition of mescaline

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

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