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Seeing Where the Light Gets In
Salvia divinorum
Citation:   Wu Hsin. "Seeing Where the Light Gets In: An Experience with Salvia divinorum (exp12733)". Erowid.org. Dec 7, 2019. erowid.org/exp/12733

  repeated smoked Cannabis (plant material)
  3 hits smoked Salvia divinorum  
A Very *Heavy* Experience

Set and Setting:
Before the salvia, I smoked about 20 grams of good cannabis with six other people. However, being a rather experienced smoker, I was not extremely affected (I could have had a conversation with an English professor with no sweat). We smoked the cannabis (and later the salvia) seated around a table in a house where there was no danger of disturbance. I knew most of the people present and felt very good about them. The music was Kottonmouth Kings. We were passing the bong and joints deosil (clockwise) for good luck. This contributed to a very positive experience.

This was to be my second time to smoke salvia. I had low expectations; the first time I smoked one gram and felt almost no effects.

I filled the bowl of a water (and ice) bong with about two grams of salvia and took three large, lung-busting hits. I used a normal disposable lighter and held each hit for about fifteen seconds.

The Experience:
The bowl was cashed after the third hit, but it did not matter. I attempted to take a fourth hit but found myself quite unable. It felt as though invisible ropes were looped over the tops of every joint in my upper body and pulled straight down through invisible holes in the table on which I was leaning on my elbows. There were large 3/4' ropes over my shoulders, 1/2' ropes over my elbows, strings over my wrists, and smaller ones over the joints of my fingers. I found it to be a very taxing physical strain to keep my chest/shoulders/neck up off of the table.

My speech was also quite impeded. For quite some time (it felt like 30 minutes or so but was probably in actuality closer to two) I could get no farther into a sentence than 'Dude...'. My friends thought I was repeating myself to get their attention, but I knew I had it, I just could not speak.

As for visuals, I can only say that things looked very... peculiar. Leonard Cohen said, 'There is a crack, a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in.' Well, I could see that light. It is hard to explain. I could see the inherent light-force which (really) is in everything. It flows.

My mind stuttered as much as did my lips. It reminded me of the 'reset button' phenomenon I used to experience on cannabis in seventh grade, when I had just started smoking: Every few seconds, someone in my head hits the reset button, and I forget the past few seconds and are back where I started; like on old 'NES' video games, when the game would occasionally become deflicted and reset every few seconds, so that the game never got farther than displaying the title, or, if I was lucky, the options screen. The Salvia Experience was not exactly a reset every few seconds, but more of a renaissance. I did not forget, but my past, all of my life, including the last few seconds, did not matter.

Coming Down:
Within 12-15 minutes of the last hit, I regained the faculty of speech. Although it was quite difficult to piece together the words, and almost as hard to utter them, I was again able to form coherent sentences.

I recovered the use of my limbs within 15-20 minutes. Starting with my fingers, and proceeding to my shoulders, I found that the invisible ties were becoming more elastic, and finally they broke.

I continued to perceive the alternate interpretation of reality, including its light, for about 30 minutes, before my perception reverted to its customary limitations.

Throughout the experience, my thoughts remained quite clear, but nonverbal. I understood things going on around me, but could not for the life of me put them into words.

Another thing: A few of the other people present also tried the Salvia, with little or no effect. This leads me to conclude that Salvia may not work until the second or third time it is used.

One final, and very important thing: The 'light' to which I refer is real. If you do not believe in magic, or the interrelatedness of everything in the universe, this may be a bit hard to swallow. However, it is true. Salvia did not make me see it; it allowed me to see it.

Exp Year: 2002ExpID: 12733
Gender: Male 
Age at time of experience: Not Given
Published: Dec 7, 2019Views: 637
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