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mescaline

 [mes´kah-lēn]
a poisonous alkaloid derived from the flowering heads (mescal buttons) of a Mexican cactus; it is a hallucinogen, producing hallucinations of sound and color.

mes·ca·line

(mes'kă-līn),
The most active alkaloid present in the buttons of the mescal cactus, Lophophora williamsii. Mescaline produces psychotomimetic effects similar to those produced by LSD: alteration in mood, changes in perception, reveries, visual hallucinations, delusions, depersonalization, mydriasis, hippus, and increases in body temperature and blood pressure; psychic dependence, tolerance, and cross-tolerance to LSD and psilocybin develop; the principal component of peyote; 3,4,5-trimethoxyphenylethylamine.

mescaline

/mes·ca·line/ (mes´kah-lēn) a poisonous alkaloid from the flowering heads (mescal buttons) of a Mexican cactus, Lophophora williamsii; it produces an intoxication with delusions of color and sound.

mescaline

(mĕs′kə-lēn′, -lĭn)
n.
A hallucinogenic alkaloid, C11H17NO3, obtained from peyote buttons and used by certain Native American tribes in religious rituals and illicitly as a recreational drug.

mescaline

[mes′kəlēn, -lin]
Etymology: Mex, mezcal
a psychoactive agent with effects similar to LSD, this poisonous alkaloid is derived from a colorless alkaline oil in the flowering heads of the cactus Lophophora williamsii. Closely related chemically to epinephrine, mescaline causes heart palpitations, diaphoresis, pupillary dilation, and anxiety. It is a Schedule I substance. The drug, taken in capsules or dissolved in a drink, produces visual hallucinations, such as color patterns and spatial distortions, but it does not ordinarily induce disorientation. Mescaline is used in some religious ceremonies to produce euphoria and a feeling of ecstasy. Also called peyote.

mescaline

A hallucinogenic psychotropic alkaloid derived from the peyote cactus (Lophophora williamsii), which is similar to indole alkaloids (e.g., psilocin, bufotenin, ibogaine) and LSD.

mescaline

Substance abuse A hallucinogenic psychotropic alkaloid, derived from the peyote cactus–Lophophora williamsii; it is similar to indole alkaloids–eg, psilocin, bufotenin, ibogaine, and LSD. See Hallucinogen.

mes·ca·line

(mes'kă-lin)
Naturally occurring psychedelic drug in long use, especially in Native American religious ceremonies; produces visual hallucinations and radically altered states of consciousness, often experienced as pleasurable and illuminating but occasionally as anxious or revolting. Schedule I hallucinogen; considered a poisonous alkaloid. Also called peyote.
[Sp. mezcal]

mescaline

a psychoactive drug that produces hallucinatory effects in humans probably by interfering with NORADRENALINE at nerve synapses.

mes·ca·line

(mes'kă-lin)
The most active alkaloid present in the buttons of the mescal cactus, Lophophora williamsii. Has psychotomimetic effects similar to those produced by lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD).
[Sp. mezcal]

mescaline

a poisonous alkaloid derived from the flowering heads (mescal buttons) of a Mexican cactus which produces hallucinations of sound. See also peyote.
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