Pete Evans is caught growing a controversial hallucinogenic cactus his back yard

Disgraced MKR judge and conspiracy theorist Pete Evans is caught growing a controversial hallucinogenic cactus his backyard

By Monique Friedlander For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 05:58 BST, 16 September 2020 | Updated: 05:58 BST, 16 September 2020

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Pete Evans is no stranger to finding himself in prickly situations.

And the disgraced former My Kitchen Rules judges, 47, raised eyebrows yet again on Tuesday when he was caught growing a hallucinogenic cactus in his backyard. 

The anti-vaxxer and conspiracy theorist uploaded a video to Instagram of himself promoting an episode of his podcast and showing off his newly grown fennel plants. 

What's that over there, mate? Pete Evans (pictured) was caught growing a controversial hallucinogenic cactus his backyard after posting a video to Instagram on Tuesday

What's that over there, mate? Pete Evans (pictured) was caught growing a controversial hallucinogenic cactus his backyard after posting a video to Instagram on Tuesday 

However, eagle-eyed fans couldn't help but notice two large San Pedro cacti looming in the background.

Native to the Andean slopes of Ecuador and Peru, the San Pedro cactus contains a psychoactive substance known as mescaline. 

Controversial: Native to the Andean slopes of Ecuador and Peru, the San Pedro cactus contains a psychoactive substance known as mescaline. When consumed, mescaline can cause hallucinogenic effects comparable to those of LSD and psilocybin

Controversial: Native to the Andean slopes of Ecuador and Peru, the San Pedro cactus contains a psychoactive substance known as mescaline. When consumed, mescaline can cause hallucinogenic effects comparable to those of LSD and psilocybin

When consumed, this substance can cause hallucinogenic effects comparable to those of LSD and psilocybin.

It is illegal to grow San Pedro for the purposes of consumption in Pete's home state of New South Wales.

However, it is legal to grow this plant for ornamental use.

Laws: It is illegal to grow San Pedro for the purposes of consumption in Pete's home state of New South Wales. However, it is legal to grow this plant for ornamental use

Laws: It is illegal to grow San Pedro for the purposes of consumption in Pete's home state of New South Wales. However, it is legal to grow this plant for ornamental use

What is the San Pedro cactus? 

Native to the Andean slopes of Ecuador and Peru, the San Pedro (echinopsis pachanoi) cactus contains a hallucinogenic substance known as mescaline.

When consumed, it can cause hallucinogenic effects comparable to those of LSD and psilocybin.

While San Pedro has traditionally been used for religious and ceremonial purposes, it is also widely grown as an ornamental

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