Got into another of those arguments last night: “It’s natural, so it must be good!” First of all, no, peyote is natural, mescaline is processed from peyote, but I don’t know how much, so I’m not sure it’s still natural, and, once again, syphyllis is natural, but I’m not lining up for that one, thankyouverymuch.
OTOH, now that I’m looking for actual studies or case histories, I’m coming up pretty blank. Which surprises me, since it’s (or at least peyote is) still pretty widely used among many Mexican Indians, is it not? And it seems that it’s used by breastfeeding women, at least according to the book referenced here. But that’s the only place I’ve found anything other than the blanket one-size-fits-all “illegal drugs that are passed in breastmilk are BAD; mescaline is found in breastmilk! Scary! Run away! Run away!” hysteria.
So what’s the Straight Dope on…uh…this dope? Safe for the babies of nursing moms to take it? I’m not interested in debating the legalities, the persecution of Indians or any of the social issues, or I’d open a GD on the topic I’m just wondering the amount, duration and short and long term effects of mescaline passed to a nursing baby through the breast milk.