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The Peyote Way Church of God - believe that the Holy Sacrament Peyote can lead an individual toward a more spiritual life

yy013The Peyote Way Church of God is a non-sectarian, multicultural, experiential, Peyotist organization located in southeastern Arizona, in the remote Aravaipa wilderness. It is not affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the Native American Church, or any other religious organizations, though we do accept people from all faiths. Church membership is open to all races. We encourage individuals to create their own rituals as they become acquainted with the great mystery. We believe that the Holy Sacrament Peyote, when taken according to our sacramental procedure and combined with a holistic lifestyle (see Word of Wisdom), can lead an individual toward a more spiritual life. Peyote is currently listed as a controlled substance and its religious use is protected by Federal law only for Native American members of the Native American Church.


Non-Indian Peyote use is protected in five states : AZ, NM, CO, NV, and OR. We do not have access to Peyote where it grows in South Texas and Mexico. As it is an endangered species, we believe an essential and inseparable part of our religious practice is the growing and stewardship of the Holy Sacrament Peyote. The Church records 140 Associate members and 12 clergy. Vowed clergy members steward church grounds near Klondyke, meeting the church's financial obligations by producing and selling "Mana" black-rimmed earthenware pottery and paintings. The pottery is the work of Rabbi Matthew S. Kent, Rev. Anne L. Zapf and Rev. Immanuel Trujillo. Mana is the secular vehicle and financial arm of the Peyote Way Church of God.

What We Believe

People often want to know what we believe, but our purpose in designing the Peyote Way Church was not to create more dogma. Our purpose was to make the Holy Sacrament Peyote available to seekers in a safe environment. So, when you ask what we believe, our answer may be a bit vague.

What we believe is personal, and we are not interested in forcing our beliefs on anyone else. We also believe that the government has no place inside your conscience.

We focus more on conduct and being present. The mural on the Congregation House depicts symbols of five major religions: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism. Peyote is available to the communicant regardless of his/her religious preference. ....

What is peyote ?

Peyote is a small, spineless cactus, Lophophora williams ii, with the hallucinogen mescaline (3, 4, 5-trimethoxyphenethylamine) being the principal active ingredient. From earliest recorded time, peyote has been used by natives in northern Mexico and the south-western United States as a part of their religious rites.

What is the active component in peyote ?

This is Mescaline, a naturally occurring psychedelic found in several cactus species, most notably Peyote and San Pedro. Several other members of the trichocereus family also contain mescaline. In addition to containing mescaline, the cacti mentioned above contain a large variety of related psychoactive compounds, and will produce experiences that are qualitatively different than pure mescaline. The experience produced by Peyote is also quite distinct from that produced by cacti from the trichocereus family.

The effects of peyote

The effects of Peyote have been described as very dream-like, drifting, almost a delirium type of state during the first couple of hours. The sensation is similar to LSD but less edgy. While both auditory and visual hallucinations occur, many users say that a peyote high is more suitable for inner reflection and contemplation.
Much depends on the potency of the peyote and the blend of mescaline and the fifty or some odd alkaloids contained in cactus.

Using peyote

The potency of Peyote, as well as different people's tolerance to it, seems to vary widely. Some people report powerful experiences from as few as three or four Peyote buttons. More often users consume 12 to 15 buttons, and eating more than two dozen is not unheard of. First cut out the spines, then cut the skin off in "V" strips, cutting from the outside of each rib towards the central section of the cactus. These "V" strips are saved as they contain the most potent flesh. Eating is definitely not fun as it tastes very bitter. Chew the cactus to a pulp and then wash it down with some liquid. The high starts some 45 minutes after ingesting. It is also possible to make a tea from the Peyote. It is important to boil the cacti for several hours.

The Peyote Cult

by Paul Radin

from The Winnebago Tribe, pp. 340-78, ARBAE 37 [1925]
Peyote has never been a drug for thrill seekers. The small, hard cactus is difficult to obtain. It tastes vile, ingestion normally leads to painful vomiting, and the effects are more subtle than other psychedelics.

The Native American Peyote ceremony emerged at the turn of the 20th century, like the Ghost Dance, at a time when Native American culture was under much stress. It blended Christian and traditional beliefs, and used Peyote as a sacrament. The Peyote ceremony spread from the Southwest into the Plains and other culture regions. Participants reported a spiritual cleansing, and experienced healing effects, which may be the result of powerful natural antibiotics in Peyote.

This is one of the first ethnographic accounts of the Peyote ceremony. Paul Radin wrote this monograph, mostly consisting of first-hand accounts, as part of his 1925 ethnography of the Winnebago tribe, who live in Wisconsin. The Peyote 'Cult' did not die out as Radin thought it might, but grew into the Native American Church, which is still going strong today. This group fought the US legal system to get an exemption to use the cactus, which is a controlled substance, in their ceremonies.
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