mescaline

noun
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

Examples of mescaline in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The bill, introduced Thursday by state Sen. Scott Wiener, a Democrat who represents San Francisco, would decriminalize substances such as psilocybin, MDMA, LSD, ketamine, DMT and mescaline. NBC News, "New California bill would decriminalize psychedelics, expunge criminal records," 18 Feb. 2021 Many people have noted the remarkable resemblance between these images and hallucinations produced by tripping on LSD, mescaline or psilocybin mushrooms. Christof Koch, Scientific American, "Teaching Machines to See," 1 Nov. 2015 To them, adrenochrome became a psychotropic, akin to mescaline. Brian Friedberg, Wired, "The Dark Virality of a Hollywood Blood-Harvesting Conspiracy," 31 July 2020 Shortly thereafter, Osmond was contacted by Aldous Huxley, who was eagerly seeking samples of mescaline. John Semley, The New Republic, "Turn On, Tune In, Cash In," 27 Apr. 2020 In the 1950s, English psychiatrist Humphry Osmond began experiments in Canada with mescaline, a psychedelic naturally occurring in a group of cactus plants. John Semley, The New Republic, "Turn On, Tune In, Cash In," 27 Apr. 2020 The man also admitted to adding a liquid containing mescaline, LSD and other ingredients to his marijuana before smoking. John Benson, cleveland, "Tripping North Royalton driver crashes Cadillac, tells officer to ‘have fun’ with marijuana: Seven Hills Police Blotter," 8 Apr. 2020 The study found no link between the use of LSD, psilocybin or mescaline (the psychoactive compounds in magic mushroom) and suicidal behavior or mental health problems. Katie Hunt, CNN, "A woman took 550 times the usual dose of LSD, with surprisingly positive consequences," 27 Feb. 2020 The study found no link between the use of LSD, psilocybin or mescaline and suicidal behavior or mental health problems. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Psychedelics: Can getting high improve your mental health?," 24 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of mescaline

1896, in the meaning defined above

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“Mescaline.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mescaline. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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mescaline

noun

English Language Learners Definition of mescaline

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

mescaline

noun
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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