Wachuma (San Pedro) in Peru
Association of Shamans Peru. The Huachuma (San Pedro) cactus was used for ceremonies. This plant serves for the spiritual connection with the universe and Mother Earth (Pachamama).
The scientific name of the Huachuma is: Echinopsis lageniformis (also, Trichocereus bridgesii), grows in Bolivia and Peru. In Bolivia it is known as cactus of the torch, it is a columnar cactus of fast growth on the highland deserts of Bolivia and Peru. Among the indigenous populations of Bolivia, it is sometimes called Achuma or Wachuma, although these names also apply to related species, such as Echinopsis pachanoi which is also used for its psychedelic effects. According to Wikipedia, the Wachuma plant in Cusco has a light green to bluish color and generally presents four to eight ribs. It can grow from 2 to 5 meters in height, with stems up to 15-20 cm in diameter. Spines can vary in color from honey to brown, and are located at nodes in groups of up to four.
These spines can grow up to 6-7 cm in length and the plant has grown equidistant from the ribs, 2.5 to 3 cm apart. Several varieties of this species are highly prized by ornamental cactus collectors. These include a crested variety; two growth variants showed, and a more recently developed clone, show both large size and crested growth. They all tend to be much slower growing than the standard form of the species, but because of their unusual large shapes, they are sought by cactus collectors. The form of Echinopsis lageniformis monstrose is known as the cactus plant penis or penis. The Huachuma (San Pedro) cactus was used for ceremonies.
Association of Shamans Peru. Unlike the typical columnar form of the species, this crop shows sections of short stem, which form a low spiny shrub. The top of each stem segment is smooth and without spines, resembling a penis. The lower part is prickly and shows a tendency to form ribs. The plant is light green. The German name of this crop, frauenglück, is more euphemistic than its English equivalent, and translates as “the joy of women.” Wachuma (San Pedro), an Inca medicine, offers patients a connection with our prevailing personal archetypes that originate in the collective unconscious. The Huachuma (San Pedro) cactus was used for ceremonies. Try a Wachuma ceremony with our Society of Shamans.
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