Citation: Dan V.. "A Mind Fuck and a Half: An Experience with Salvia divinorum (5X Extract) (exp11622)". Erowid.org. Sep 1, 2020. erowid.org/exp/11622
My first encounter with Salvia (a year prior to the main experience here) was somewhat of a let down. I ordered the plain dried leaves, not the extract, from H.S. At first my friends and I tried to smoke bowls out of a standard, metal pipe with no results at all. We did not feel anything. So we tried to smoke multiple bowls as fast as we could. Nothing. I was becoming irritated at the fact that I wasted money on this stuff that was supposed to be 'intense' by all accounts. So we broke out the 3 man hookah that my friend had at his apartment. I loaded the very large bowl with a good amount of the dried leaf. We fired it up and began puffing as hard as we could on the stuff. At first we felt nothing at all, but as we kept puffing, something very strange began to happen... All of a sudden I felt as though I was being pulled up towards the ceiling of the room. This was very startling to me and I promptly quit smoking. The strange effect only lasted for about 10-20 seconds, and I quickly and smoothly came right off of it. I was totally back to baseline from what I could tell. My friends both had similar feelings after smoking on the hookah.
At this point in my life I was very heavily into many drugs. I smoked very large amounts of weed every waking moment of my life, I had probably been on acid, rolls, valium, alcohol, opium, hydrocodone, xanex, and god knows what else during the week prior to this initial salvia experience. Basically everything except coke, heroin, or crystal. I have never done any of those. Since then, I have basically been clean except for a few drinks every once in a while, sometimes with a prescription painkiller or something. Which brings me to my second Salvia experience.
I ordered 1 gram of 5x extract from H.S. and immediately split it into 13 equal parts, or 1/13th of a gram, via capsules. I figured this would be enough for 13 medium sized experiences. I definitely did not want to smoke too much of the 5x extract for the first time. So my girlfriend and I went over to a good friend of ours apartment to try the stuff out. I think we may have each had maybe one beer before we broke out the salvia, but we were by no means drunk or even slightly intoxicated. Neither my girlfriend nor myself had done any other drugs for a very long period of time prior to this experience. I will admit that I was too chicken to go first, so I let my girlfriend go first. I opened one of the capsules (1/13th of a gram) and put HALF(1/26th of a gram) of it into a pipe. I instructed her to torch the very small amount and hold it in as long as she possibly could. She did so and I quickly reloaded the remaining 1/26th of a gram into the pipe. As soon as she exhaled she torched the rest of the Salvia, again holding it in as long as she could. As soon as she exhaled her second hit, she broke into hysterical laughter, which lasted for about 3-5 minutes. I tried to talk to her and ask her what she was experiencing, but she would not reply. She kept laughing and laughing and even left the room at one point, but returned a few seconds later. After she began to come off of the salvia about 5 minutes later, she told me that she felt as though there should be a wall behind where she was sitting (which there was not). She also said that it was very WEIRD, and everything I was saying to her was not making any sense at the time, thatís why she was laughing and not replying.
Next, I let our other friend try the Salvia. Same routine with him, 1/26th of a gram followed immediately with another 1/26th of a gram, both held inside the lungs as long as possible. He just sat there with a goofy grin on his face, but he kept his composure very well. He didnít say anything, you could tell he was fucked up by the look in his eye, but he didnít do anything crazy or out of the ordinary. After he came off of it roughly 5 minutes later, the first words out of his mouth were 'WEIRD', go figure. Needless to say he was very eager to try again with a higher dose. But first, I decided that I needed to try this extract and see what it was all about.
I must admit that I was very nervous for some reason, Iím not sure why. I loaded up the bowl with 1/26th of a gram and fired it up. I only took a small to medium sized hit at first and I didnít even finish it all. Also, I only held it in for a few seconds, or at least it felt like it. I started to get a very strange feeling, but not like the feeling I had got with my initial salvia-in-the-hookah experience. So I quickly took another small hit, still not finishing the 1/26th of a gram, and put the pipe down. I was spooked! The salvia hit me very quickly, and very intensely. I could not believe 2 little hits messed me up this much! The first thing I noticed was the feeling that I was being pushed and pulled around the room a little bit by some phantom force.
The first thing I noticed was the feeling that I was being pushed and pulled around the room a little bit by some phantom force.
I also noticed the 'shade' of the entire room shifted to a kinda yellow tint or something. I didnít get any kind of hallucination or anything, the room looked the exact same, just with a different 'feel' to it... I would describe it as an 'enchanted' feel to the room. I also felt as though I was somehow above the room watching my girlfriend, myself, and our friend from a different perspective.
When the 3 of us tried to communicate with each other, I got very worried. It was as though everything we tried to say to each other did not make sense to the other person. Nothing we said met up correctly at the other end. It seemed like when I said something to one of the other 2 sober people, they took it totally the wrong way. It also seemed that when the other two sober people talked to each other, they took what the other person was saying totally the wrong way. This worried me very much for some reason. Also, during my little experience, my girlfriend was trying to tell me to get up and walk around because it felt funny. But it seemed to me as though she was trying to get me to do something that was going to hurt me or bring me harm in some way. It was like I was viewing the other people in the room as 'evil' or something. I definitely had strong feelings of mistrust for my friends, which is weird because I totally trust my girlfriend 100%. This paranoia made me crave reality more than I ever have before, and at this point in my trip, I felt as though I may never get back to reality. But of course I did, and the first words out of my mouth were 'WEIRD'.
The Salvia trip is weird because its so clean and smooth compared to other drugs. Its like, I was really fucked up, but at the same time, I donít feel like thereís any drugs in my system. I donít feel 'cloudy' or lethargic or 'chemically' or 'dirty' or anything. Its like the Salvia is seamlessly inserted into my reality. And when I came off of the salvia, it was hard to tell if the effects are totally gone or not. I would say it took me a good 30-45 minutes before I felt as though the effects were totally out of my system. I have hypothesized that the Salvia affected me a little more than it did my friends because I have used it before. I think I broke the initial barrier with the hookah incident. Kinda like when I smoked weed for the first couple of times and I didnít get stoned. Also, I think I got spooked because I hadnít been doing any other drugs for a long time prior to this experience. Whenever I quit smoking weed for instance, and then I start back again, I get a little of the paranoia until I get back into smoking it regularly.
Back to the trip report, my other friend wanted to take this Salvia thing a step further. So he smoked the remaining amount of my unfinished 1/26th of a gram, followed by another 1/26th of a gram, followed by another 1/26th of a gram, followed by another 1/26th of a gram, followed by yet another 1/26th of a gram. He held each hit in as long as possible, for a grand total of roughly 1/6th of a gram of 5x extract. Again, same goofy smile and out-to-lunch look in his eye, some incoherent babble, and he began to stumble around the room. He ended up on the floor behind the coffee table on his hands and knees, looking at my girlfriend and I. After he came off of the Salvia, he reported that he thought he was a lion on the plains of Africa, and he saw tall grass gently blowing in the wind on his living room floor. His trip lasted a little longer this time, maybe close to 8 minutes.
We put the salvia away after that, and I havenít smoked any since. I would say I got a little bit of the 'fear', but it goes away fairly quickly. I am still very curious, and I would like to explore this powerful plant more. I have been thinking about trying it next time outside in nature, away from all other people. I think this may yield a different experience than being in a small living room with 2 other people. People seemed to mess with my head(not intentionally) when I smoked salvia, but at the same time I know this stuff is very powerful and using a sitter is a very good idea. It has been well over a month since this experience and I have not noticed any after-effects, undesirable or otherwise.
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