Peruvian Torch

Echinopsis peruviana (syn. Trichocereus peruvianus), the Peruvian torch cactus, is a fast-growing columnar cactus native to the western slope of the Andes in Peru, between about 2,000–3,000 m (6,600–9,800 ft) above sea level.

Echinopsis peruviana is one of a number of Echinopsis species native to the Andes that have been reported to contain the psychoactive alkaloid mescaline. Others include E. pachanoiE. lageniformisE. scopulicolaE. santaensis and E. puquiensis. All those columnar species thought to be psychoactive have been called “San Pedro” in Spanish. Reported concentrations of mescaline vary widely, with causes suggested to include: taxonomic uncertainty leading to difficulties in identification; genetic differences between species and within populations; environmental factors, such as temperature and water availability, affecting plants during growth; and variations in laboratory techniques.

Peruvian Torch | Peruvian torch cactus Contains Mescaline

Some studies have reported no mescaline content in wild-harvested Peruvian specimens of E. peruviana, and in plants grown in Europe. In those studies that have compared different species and cultivars, when mescaline has been found, it has been at very much lower concentrations than in the highest yielding forms of other species; for example 0.24% of dry weight for E. peruviana KK242 compared to 4.7% for a strain of E. pachanoi on sale in traditional Peruvian shamans’ markets, a factor of almost 20 times less.

How To Identify Peruvian Torch Cactus

The plant is bluish-green in color, with frosted stems, and 6-9 broadly rounded ribs; it has large, white flowers. It can grow up to 3–6 m (9.8–19.7 ft) tall, with stems up to 8–18 cm (3.1–7.1 in) in diameter; it is fully erect to begin with, but later possibly arching over, or even becoming prostrate. Groups of 6-8 honey-colored to brown rigid spines, up to 4 cm (1.6 in) in length, with most about 1 cm (0.39 in), are located at the nodes, which are evenly spaced along the ribs, up to approximately 2.5 cm (0.98 in) apart.

How to Grow Peruvian Torch Cactus

If you’re going to harvest the arm of a Echinopsis peruviana — especially if its a wild one — you can repay the favor by vegetatively propagating (i.e., cultivating) a baby San Pedro cactus. At first glance, this is easy— all you need to do is put a cutting of the cactus into the soil, either in a pot or in the ground (depending on where you live). However, there are two very important tricks to this process.

  1. Be sure to give the wound (the cut surface) at least 2–3 weeks to “cure” (dry over) before planting it in soil. Otherwise it may rot.
  2. Do not water it for the first 3–4 weeks, which may seem counter-intuitive. The cutting prefers to live off of its own internal moisture for the first few weeks before additional water is required. Otherwise — again — it may rot.
How much Peruvian Torch to Trip

I’ve never observed a strict regimen of dietary restriction before consuming Echinopsis peruviana . It’s not a bad idea, and if you are inclined toward fasting/dietas, I would recommend it, but it’s not necessary. At the very least, be mindful of what you eat the day before. Also, be sure to properly hydrate yourself the day before. During the journey itself, you don’t want a stomach full of water, especially in the morning, but don’t dehydrate yourself either.

With Echinopsis peruviana, I think the most important component of preparation is what you put into your head during the days before your journey. The best way to fast before San Pedro is to reduce or even eliminate screen time and exposure to media, preferably for several days. Try to go to your chosen place a few days ahead of time, and allow your internal rhythm to gradually slow down to a similar frequency as the land around you. You can also use that time to shape your intentions. Quickly jumping from everyday life into a Echinopsis peruviana experience is not wise.

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Effects of Peruvian torch cactus

Peruvian torch cactus can make you feel like walking through your own fantasy world, with colourful and spiritual visions. This can give you a happy feeling. But because the amount of mescaline between different kinds of the Trichocereus genus varies, it is difficult to estimate how heavy the trip will be. The trip normally lasts for 6 to 12 hours. The Peruvian torch trip is more friendly than the Peyote trip. And also the nausea during the first hour after consuming will be less than with the Peyote.

1 portion contains

1 Peruvian torch cactus, we sell our cactus per piece, you can choose for a small (15 – 25 cm) or big (25 – 35 cm) cactus


1 small cactus should be enough for a light to moderate trip and a big one is a little more heavy.
2 small cacti or 2 big cacti for a really strong trip.

You can eat the Peruvian cactus raw, however this really does not taste nice.

You can also drink the Peruvian cactus, Remove the long thorns and throw them away. Peel the skin of the Peruvian Torch cactus (the meat has the highest concentrations of mescaline) and let the cactus dry. When the Peruvian torch cactus is dry enough, grind it to powder. The powder can be mixed with a sweet and fruity drink like orange juice.

You can also bake the Peruvian torch cactus before you consume it, Dry the cactus first, Cut it into slices and put it in a oven on 50°C for 4 or 5 hours. Then you can eat the slices. Make sure you remove the thorns because you cannot eat them!


Dosage of mescaline can differ for each cactus


The choice for using small or big cacti for a good trip depends on the effect a cactus will have on each person and the amount of mescaline the cactus contains, that is why we advice always to start with half a dosage, wait a 60 to 90 minutes to see what the effect is, then if desired take half of what is left of the cactus and if necessary repeat. A Peruvian torch trip takes about 2 – 2,5 hours to peak.


We recommend starting at the medium experience level if you have not tried them before, as the visuals can be quite intense and harder to handle for inexperienced users. Set and setting are extremely important for a positive experience. We also highly encourage people to have a guide or sitter if they are new to psychedelics.

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10-12 cm, 25-30 cm, 50-60 cm

4 reviews for Peruvian Torch

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  2. Noah

    Arrived swiftly, and was exactly what I ordered.

  3. Nathan

    It came in dry chips. Will buy again.

  4. James

    Everything as expected

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