Citation: Honabe. "Am I Experiencing Anything, or Not?: An Experience with Salvia divinorum (5x extract) (exp17453)". Erowid.org. Jun 14, 2005. erowid.org/exp/17453
Let me start this out by saying that I definetly didn't comprehend how to use salvia when I first tried it. I know this by my experiences, and the mistakes I made. I am posting this though to help steer others to the right path.
My buddy and I ordered a gram of Salvia divinorum 5X. I had read up some about salvia, and was excited by the things I heard about it. I admit that I was a little swayed in my mental picture of the experience by the glowing reports and past experiences I have had with mushrooms and LSD. I was excited to try it though.
The day it came, I sat down in my buddy's apartment eager to take my first pipe hit. I had read a few experiences on the net that (to me) seemed to suggest 2 small bowls of salvia extract would do the trick. My idea of small, it ends up, was way off. By the time I was done, I had smoked a 1/4 of a gram of salvia improperly. I was upset to find out that I had basically wasted most of this. The first hit I took really surprised me. The only thing else I have ever smoked is weed, and it takes me 5 or 10 minutes after I finish smoking to get stoned. That was my baseline for smoking things, so I didn't expect any immediate results. But I got them anyhow. After I took a long slow hit, holding it in for 15 seconds or so, I immediately began to feel heavy. I quickly got the sensation that little hands were pushing my body in from all around. That thew me off a bit, and I began to giggle an honest, heart-felt laugh. I continued to laugh for a little longer, ending with tears running down my cheek. Once I could contain myself I took packed the bowl again on my pipe, and prepared for another hit. I wished I had taken the time to just relax a little at this point and aquaint myself with the news sensations I was experiencing. I was eager to reach a 'higher plane' feeling, and want to plunge back in.
The next hit I took I held in for at least 20 seconds or so and closed my eyes. I suddenly felt like the space behind me was rushing backwards, expanding the little room I was sitting in into a large warehouse. I then brought the pipe back up to my mouth (I am not sure if I opened my eyes or not) and took another slow hit with the rest of the bowl. Right as I sucked in the last bit of salvia, I got the sensation that someone was wathing me behind my left shoulder. For some reason I connected this feeling with the idea that they were smoking something as well, but I was only barely touching the same levels as them. As soon as I got the sensations, they were gone. For some reason I quickly opened my eyes and lost the weird feelings of the room sinking back, and already felt that I had come down to the happy after-affect feelings. I tried once again later that day and got about the same feelings. I know now that I was packing too much in the bowl, but I still wasn't receiving the same experiences that others reported. I really want to find that state were I felt a presence, and am eager to venture on. My real peak plateau seemed to only last for a minute or so. I wonder if that's normal.
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