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What is Mescal poisoning?

What is Mescal poisoning?

  • Mescal poisoning: The Mescal is a small rounded cactus which has no spines but has tufts of hairs and a flower in the centre. The plant is grown for use as a narcotic in some parts of the world due to its hallucinogenic effect. All above-ground parts of the plant contain toxic chemicals (mescaline, lophophorine) which can cause symptom if eaten. The plant itself is considered to have a low level of toxicity but the chemical mescaline derived from it can cause strong symptoms if ingested in excessive quantities. The psychic effects following plant ingestion can last from 6 to 12 hours.

Mescal poisoning: Introduction

Types of Mescal poisoning:

Broader types of Mescal poisoning:

How serious is Mescal poisoning?

Prognosis of Mescal poisoning: Severity of symptoms vary depending on the amount of plant material consumed and the body size of the person. Children tend to suffer more severe symptoms due to their smaller body size.
Complications of Mescal poisoning: see complications of Mescal poisoning

What causes Mescal poisoning?

Causes of Mescal poisoning: see causes of Mescal poisoning

What are the symptoms of Mescal poisoning?

Symptoms of Mescal poisoning: see symptoms of Mescal poisoning

Complications of Mescal poisoning: see complications of Mescal poisoning

Mescal poisoning: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Mescal poisoning.

How is it treated?

Doctors and Medical Specialists for Mescal poisoning: Toxicologist ; see also doctors and medical specialists for Mescal poisoning.
Treatments for Mescal poisoning: see treatments for Mescal poisoning

Name and Aliases of Mescal poisoning

Main name of condition: Mescal poisoning

Other names or spellings for Mescal poisoning:

Plant poisoning [Peyote (Lophophora williamsii)], Mescal button poisoning


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