San Pedro cactus is native from the Andes Mountains of Peru. It is mainly used with medicinal purposes and has been used in shamanic healing ceremonies and religious divination in the Andes Mountains region for thousand of years.
San Pedro contains a number of alkaloids, including mescaline, The top of the cactus is cut close to the ground and then dried. The small button like crowns of the plant can be eaten or soaked in water. San Pedro is very easy to grow in most areas because it grows naturally in the Andes Mountains at high altitude and with high rainfall, so it can withstand temperatures far below that.
The earliest depiction of the cactus is a carving showing a mythological being holding a San Pedro, and dates from about 1300 bc. It comes from the Chavín culture (c.1400-400 bce) and was found in a temple at Chavín de Huantar, in the northern highlands of Peru. Later, the Mochica culture, (c.500 ce) used the cactus in their iconography. Even in present day mythology, it is told that God hid the keys to heaven in a secret place and San Pedro used the magical powers of a cactus to discover this place; later the cactus was named after him.
San Pedro (trichocereus pachanoi) grows on the dry eastern slopes of the Andes, between 2,000 - 3,000 metres above sea level, and commonly reaches six metres or more in height. It is also grown by local shamans in their herb gardens.
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San Pedro Cactus
San Pedro cactus is native from the Andes Mountains of Peru. It is mainly used with medicinal purposes and in shamanic healing ceremonies and religious divination in the Andes Mountains region for thousand of years.