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History of Peyote

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Mike Jay is an author and curator who has written widely on scientific and medical history. His books on psychoactive drugs include High Society: mind-altering drugs in history and culture (Thames & Hudson 2010), which accompanied the exhibition he curated with Wellcome Collection, and Mescaline: a global history of the first psychedelic (Yale University Press 2019). He is a research affiliate at the UCL Health Humanities Centre.

The peyote cactus (Lophophora williamsii) has been used in its native Mexico for healing, divination and magic since pre-Hispanic times. During the late nineteenth century it was adopted by the Plains tribes of the Southwest USA as a medicine and sacrament. At the same time it attracted the interest of pharmaceutical companies, and in 1893 it was brought to market as a tincture by Parke, Davis. It failed to find a defining application in western pharmacy, but within the more broadly conceived ‘medicine’ of the Native American Church it has established itself as a powerful therapeutic.

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For those attending the lecture, a suggested voluntary donation (£5 members, £10 non-members) to support the Faculty would be most welcome. Gift aid envelopes will be available

Please book with Maria Ferran, Faculty Manager, by 25th June 2020. Email: facultyhp@apothecaries.org or telephone: 020 7236 1189

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