The magical peyote button has been undone by supply and demand. Foreign tourists, or peyoteros, seeking that special kind of "mystical" high have been blamed for outstripping the peyote's ability to survive but other factors have come in to play.
Once a year, the Huichol Indians make a 300-mile pilgrimage from their villages in the mountains of Nayarit, Durango and Jalisco states to the high desert of San Luis Potosi, where the tiny cactus grows in the shade of thorny shrubs.Peyote has become yet another endangered species, the lowly little cactus button, sitting under the desert sun, 30 years until it's full grown. Perhaps those who can no longer seek out the peyote high can turn to the little Bufo alvarius, or Psychedelic Toad.
As they walk through the desert toward their holy mountain, towering above the mining town of Real de Catorce, they run into foreign tourists with stupefied smiles, sucking hallucinogenic juice from the revered plant.
Consuming peyote is legal in San Luis Potosi, a curious loophole that for decades has drawn thousands of druggies to the desert. As long as no one tries to take the cactus home – that would be trafficking and could lead to 10 years or more in prison – they're free to make as many psychedelic trips as they want.
That's if one's dumb enough to lick a toad.
Homer Simpson dumb.
by Little Baby Ginn
Source - Signonsandiego.com - Mexico peyote site suffers onslaught of tourists, mining
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