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From Fun to Nightmare
Salvia melissodora (Grape-scented sage)
Citation:   Will_G. "From Fun to Nightmare: An Experience with Salvia melissodora (Grape-scented sage) (exp110669)". Erowid.org. Mar 10, 2023. erowid.org/exp/110669

 
DOSE:
T+ 0:00
2 bowls smoked Salvia spp. (leaves)
  T+ 5:00 8 g sublingual Salvia spp. (leaves)
  T+ 0:00 25 mg   Hydrocodone  
  T+ 0:00     Melatonin  
  T+ 0:00 50 mg   Diphenhydramine  
BODY WEIGHT: 194 lb
So, I found some Salvia melissodora in my yard, and I did some reading. I found that S. melissodora, while probably not containing Salvin A, does contain several other diterpenoids, which I thought could possibly be psychoactive. So, I decided to try some leaves out.

My first try entailed smoking around half a gram out of a bubbler. I smoked it the same way I smoke weed, but I was able to take some substantially larger hits, and never had any compulsion to cough. The smoke was incredibly smooth, and actually rather tasty. It also had a nice, sagey smell. I smoked the leaves, which actually filled around 2 bowls, and almost instantly felt a sort of rush. It was a very speedy high, similar to what a tramadol come up, or an Adderall high. It didn't produce any fully fledged hallucinations, but there was a small amount of paranoia (it felt like I was being watched), and the world did take on a sort of other worldly quality. Beyond that, I did feel a slight increase of gravity, and ended up slumped in a chair, similar to a DXM or opiate trip. It ended after about 40 minutes, everything kind of just gradually returned to normal. Overall, it was actually quite pleasant.

My second trip was less so. About 5ish hours later, I took substantially more leaves, around 8-9 grams, and chewed them, keeping the mush under my tongue and around my gums, like I'd read to do, and kept them there, occasionally moving them around a bit, for about 40 minutes. I then took a hot bath, and things definitely felt off. When I got out of the bath, I became immediately aware of two facts: 1) My reflection was not me, and 2) Whatever was in the mirror was out to get me.
I became immediately aware of two facts: 1) My reflection was not me, and 2) Whatever was in the mirror was out to get me.
I ended up calling my friend just so he could talk me through brushing my teeth and getting my contacts out. After that, it was just an hour of pure dread and terror as I wandered around my house trying to avoid my reflection and the entity I'd dubbed 'The Man In The Mirror'. Beyond that, I saw a shadowy figure lurking in the corner of the music room, heard non-existent rave music pumping in my garage, and wrote a scroll on a notepad listing facts about The Man In The Mirror, along with an artistic depiction of what I perceived to be his true form, which I saw engraved into the back of my eyelids whenever I closed my eyes.

Here's what the list stated (in hurriedly scribbled, all caps):

HE STOPS WHEN I STOP
HE ONLY EXISTS WHEN I AM REFLECTIVE
DON'T SAY HIS NAME
(this part is scratched out and written in terrible cursive)
Alacahul (or it might be Uluhacwl, Elucahul?)
DON'T SAY HIS NAME (I underlined this manically)

It also included a fairly horrific drawing, which appears to be a vaguely humanoid face, with several horns, a row of fangs, black spirals for eyes, and a truly sickening grin. The only thing I clearly remember about the Man is that he very much wanted me to take more drugs, which eventually I did. I took around 25 mg of hydrocodone, a melatonin, and about 50 mg of dph, which calmed me down considerably, and helped me come down from a very panicked state. All in all, the experience was horrifying, and was one of the few times I felt legitimately close to a psychotic break.

First Trial:
-Method: Smoked
-Dose: ~.5 g
-Duration: ~35 mins
-Rating: 7/10

Second Trial:
-Method: Sublingual
-Dose: ~8-9 g
-Duration: ~1 hour 30 mins
-Rating: 3/10

Exp Year: 2017ExpID: 110669
Gender: Male 
Age at time of experience: 18
Published: Mar 10, 2023Views: 743
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