crown has disc-shaped buttons that are cut from the plant, sliced, and dried. The dried buttons may be chewed. Or the buttons are soaked in water and the resulting liquid is used as a medicine.
Despite serious safety concerns, peyote is used for treating fevers, joint pain (rheumatism), and paralysis.
People apply peyote to the skin for treating fractures, wounds, and snakebite.
Peyote is also used as a recreational drug because it can cause hallucinations. It contains a chemical called mescaline that has effects that are similar to LSD, but less powerful.
In the US, it is illegal to possess peyote.
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