This cactus is a cousin of the San Pedro , containing a lot of the same alkaloids and appreciating the same type of climate and cultivation techniques. This species (Trichocereus bridgesii) is a quick growing columnar cactus native to the high deserts of Bolivia. This species has the ability to grow 2-5 meters tall with stems of up to 15-20 cm in diameter. The indigenous people of Bolivia refer to both the T. bridgesii and T. pachanoi as Ahuma or Wachuma.


Cultivation:


Cultivation of this species Trichocereus bridgesii can easily be done from seed. It's very hardy when the environmental circumstances are ideal. Over the span of a year it will grow about 30 centimeters. After the root system is fully developed it needs only a slight amount of water. They really are beautiful and their symbolism I think is really cool too. In historic cultures they were seen as "protectors", being masculine and having their protective spikes, an indication of their nature. It makes sense doesn't it?


Characteristics:

The bad boy has is light green in color and typically contains 4 to 8 ribs. The spines of the cactus may range in coloration from honey-colored to brown, and are found on what is known as the 'nodes' in groups of up to 4. These spikes can grow up to 7 cm in length. They are spaced evenly on the ribs, leaving them 2.5 to 3 cm in distance.


Many people believe that the only Cactus that is used in a spiritual or entheogenic context is Peyote. This is far from the truth. All of the cacti on this page have some sort of ethnobotanical or pharmacologicla value, including the Achuma. This information is for research purposes only however. I've included some academic citations to verify this. Certain religions in the US allow the use of such psychoactive cacti for consumption in a religious context. So it's legality depends on your religion. Do your own research on this and know that I'm not encouraging illegal behavior. I am encouraging Americans and people around the world to take back their freedoms. I support groups like the Edelic Center For Ethnobotanical Services


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Citations And Resources:

Ogunbodede, O., McCombs, D., Trout, K., Daley, P., & Terry, M. (2010). New mescaline concentrations from 14 taxa/cultivars of Echinopsis spp.(Cactaceae)(“San Pedro”) and their relevance to shamanic practice. Journal of ethnopharmacology, 131(2), 356-362.

Smith, T. A. (1977). Phenethylamine and related compounds in plants. Phytochemistry, 16(1), 9-18.

Lum, P. W. L., & Lebish, P. (1974). Identification of peyote via major non-phenolic peyote alkaloids. Journal of the Forensic Science Society, 14(1), 63-69.

Echinopsis lageniformis. (2014, May 21). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 14:32, September 29, 2014, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Echinopsis_lageniformis&oldid=609461172

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