Home PlanetYucaEnvironment Sacred Peyote is now under threat of extinction

Sacred Peyote is now under threat of extinction

by Sofia Navarro
0 comment

Peyote, or Lophophora williamsii, is a small, spineless cactus that grows in the desert regions of Mexico and the southwestern United States. For centuries, this plant has been an important part of the spiritual and cultural practices of various indigenous communities in Mexico, particularly the Wixarika people.

Peyote is known for its psychoactive properties and is used in traditional rituals for its hallucinogenic effects. The active compound in peyote is mescaline, which produces a range of sensory and perceptual changes, including altered states of consciousness and enhanced introspection.

In Mexico, peyote is considered a sacred plant and is protected by law. It is illegal to harvest or sell peyote without the proper permits, and possession of the plant is heavily regulated. Peyote is classified as a protected species under the Official Mexican Standard NOM-059, which designates it as a species at risk of extinction.

Despite its protected status, there is a thriving black market for peyote in Mexico. This is due in part to the increasing demand for the plant among tourists and spiritual seekers, as well as the lucrative profits to be made from its sale. In recent years, there have been reports of organized crime groups trafficking peyote from Mexico to other parts of the world.

The illegal harvesting and sale of peyote not only poses a threat to the plant’s survival but also to the cultural traditions and spiritual practices of the indigenous communities who rely on it. The Huichol people, in particular, have been fighting to protect peyote and their cultural heritage from exploitation and abuse.

Efforts are being made to promote sustainable practices for the cultivation and harvesting of peyote, as well as to increase awareness about the plant’s cultural and spiritual significance. The Mexican government has established programs to promote the conservation of peyote and to provide economic incentives for indigenous communities to cultivate and sell the plant legally.

As with many other sacred plants and traditional medicines, the issue of peyote highlights the tensions between cultural heritage, spiritual practices, and the modern world’s economic and legal systems. The challenge is to find a balance that protects both the plant and the communities that rely on it while also allowing for responsible and sustainable use.

TYT Newsroom

You may also like

Leave a Comment

Our Company

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consect etur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis.


Laest News

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept

Are you sure want to unlock this post?
Unlock left : 0
Are you sure want to cancel subscription?
Update Required Flash plugin