Imitation almost essence isn't a very good way to get benzaldehyde, a few bees have tried, there was a crap yield reported just recently on that.
You could try oxidation of benzoic acid to the aldehyde with mild oxidising agents, maybe, although I am not sure, NaOCl or perhaps dichromate.
Just curious about lophine, are you referring to lophophine, 3-methoxy-4,5-methylenedioxyphenethylamine? one of the tetrahydroisoquinolines found in peyote?
or am I way off the mark here