The towers of Napier

The church tower of Napier in South Africa is for many people less interesting than the towering San Pedro Cactus in the foreground.

Wikipedia: -The San Pedro of Echinopsis pachanoi has a long history of being used in Andean traditional medicine. Archeological studies have found evidence of use going back two thousand years, to Moche culture. Although Roman Catholic church authorities after the Spanish conquest attempted to suppress its use, this failed, as shown by the Christian element in the common name “San Pedro cactus” – Saint Peter cactus. The name is attributed to the belief that just as St Peter holds the keys to heaven, the effects of the cactus allow users to reach heaven while still on earth.-

The San Pedro Cactus contains up to 1.5% of mescaline which is a naturally occurring psychedelic.

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This is a flowering Lophophora williamsii; better known as the peyote cactus. In Mexican tradition only a shaman is allowed to use (chew) the dried slices of this cactus to enhance his visions. In fact this cactus has hallucinating properties comparable with mescaline/LSD (Read Aldous Huxley: Doors of Perception). The last time I was in Texas (not that long ago) I noticed that this cactus is a very popular ‘window-dresser’. Saw thousands of them in pots and trays in Houston, Austin and Dallas. And that in a state with such  strict narcotics laws and regulations …

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A bit of a psychedelic Sunrise in our garden.

No; I did not use any of these: Mescaline, LSD, Opium, Heroine, Cocaine, Tik or Extasy, etc.. Just PsCS6 (for the connaisseur…. 🙂 )

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