According to a new study, the psychoactive compound mescaline may help alleviate depression, anxiety, PTSD, and substance addiction when it is taken in a naturalistic setting.
Out of 452 people all over the world who took part in this study, nearly 50 percent suffered from anxiety or depression at the time of their mescaline experiences. 86 percent of the depression sufferers and 80 percent of the anxiety sufferers claimed that their conditions abated after they used mescaline. Interestingly, most of the participants noted that they did not take mescaline for the purpose of relieving depression or anxiety.
Approximately one-third of the total participants in this study ranked their mescaline journeys among the five most meaningful or spiritually significant experiences they’d ever had.
The mescaline experiences of the participants who found relief from mental and emotional distress were marked by mystical states of consciousness, profound self-reflection, and ego dissolution.
This backs up something the late curandero Don Howard Lawler once told Reset about huachuma (San Pedro cactus), whose psychoactive ingredient is mescaline: “Those who experience it realize that the essence of the experience is this indescribable opening of consciousness and connection to the oneness that is all around us and of which we are a part. That is really what facilitates the healing on all levels.”