BOLIVIAN TORCH (ECHINOPSIS LAGENIFORMIS)
The Bolivian Torch Cactus (Echinopsis lageniformis) is a lesser-known light green and fast-growing columnar mescaline cactus native to Bolivia, where indigenous shamans have utilized it for millennia, notably in and around La Paz. This cactus has 4–8 ribs and may grow to a height of 2–5 meters. The mature plant is peppered with nodes of up to four spines with a length of up to 6-7cm and a node margin of 2.5–3 cm. Bolivians refer to this cactus as Achuma or Wachuma.
The Bolivian Torch (Echinopsis lageniformis) contains the well-studied alkaloid mescaline, a psychoactive compound with powerful psychedelic and hallucinogenic properties. For those interested in chemistry, mescaline’s molecular formula is 3,4,5-trimethoxyphenethylamine.
Consumption of this cactus’ flesh results in intense visual effects, a changed point of view and perception of the surrounding environment, emotions of awe and/or connection to all animals of mother nature, and even the whole globe as a huge organism. It just takes 0.3–0.4 grams of pure mescaline to disconnect from reality, so be cautious with the dose. Furthermore, you should be informed that consuming plant material from mescaline-producing cacti will result in a vomiting fit.
Bolivian Torch (Echinopsis Lageniformis)
However, this is a transient affect and should, according to indigenous users, be seen as a cleansing from all the remains that may otherwise have an impact on the journey as you get rid of the past and are ready to embark on a new life. We suggest that you avoid eating for at least 6 hours before your planned mescaline trip to reduce the harm to your feelings. With this preventative approach, you ensure that the buttons you swallow remain in your stomach for longer, allowing you to absorb more of the active ingredients before your stomach flips upside down.
CULTIVATING THE BOLIVIAN TORCH CACTUS
We only sell cuttings obtained from healthy and vigorous cacti in order to deliver the finest cuttings.These cuttings make it easier to cultivate your own Bolivian Torch cactus at home since they simply need to be put in specific cactus soil to build a new and healthy root system and resume development as if it had never been cut off.Because cacti have very different nutritional requirements than, say, a Ficus benjamina, standard houseplant soil is not suitable for them.
Remember, your cactus is a desert plant, and what it really hates is a genuine shower. The best approach to water is to let it absorb precisely what it needs. This is simple to do by simply placing the clipping in a pot with a pierced bottom. Fill a shallow tray halfway with water and place this pot in it.
The dry soil will absorb just enough water to become wet, and the cactus roots will attempt to reach this moisture. Watering the cactus once a week is adequate in the spring and fall. In the winter, 2-3 weeks between waterings is sufficient, but in the summer, 3-5 waterings per week may be required.
Place your cutting in a shaded location for the first four weeks to enable the cactus to create a new root system and adapt to its new surroundings.In the first 2–3 weeks, there is no need to water the cutting.
NAME CHANGE: FROM TRICHOCEREUS TO ECHINOPSIS
The Bolivian Torch Cactus, formerly known as “Trichocereus bridgesii,” was recently reclassified “Echinopsis lageniformis” due to a new taxonomy for cacti that put this cactus in the much larger family of the Echinopsis. The reason they named this cactus Echinopsis lageniformis rather than Echinopsis bridgesii is simple: there was already an Echinopsis bridgesii in the Echinopsis family, so the second half of the name had to be modified as well.