Peyote becoming scarce in its natural habitat

"I used to collect as much in a week as I now do in a month," he says. "I don't know what's going to happen to the medicine."

The 65-year-old Mauro Morales almost never utters the word "peyote." For him, the small green-gray cactus is a sacrament with miraculous healing powers, hence his word for it: medicine.

What makes peyote different from just about any other cactus in the world is that it naturally produces mescaline, a psychedelic alkaloid. It was mescaline that opened what author Aldous Huxley called "the doors of perception" to "the divine source of all existence."

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