Citation: KingNot. "Dreaming of Mazes: An Experience with Sativah (Herbal Blend) (exp42541)". Erowid.org. Aug 25, 2008. erowid.org/exp/42541
Wanting to experiment with drugs, but facing drug tests while switching jobs and not really having any contacts for extralegal substances, I've dabbled in 'legal highs' recently.
Sativah is a herbal high combination of: 'Lettuce Opium, mad-dog weed, egyptian mugwort, passionflower, Salvia Divinorum, Hops, Strobiles, Mixed Chamomile, Damiana, Raspberry and Spearmint' The stuff I got was crudely ground, so I could actually see parts of the stuff they mentioned and I believe the list, including Salvia (by taste in smoke), which I've tried elsewise.
I bought a 28 gram pack from my local 'headshop'. The owner, an old hippie I'd known since I was a toddler, actually tried to get me to try this stuff first when I was looking for Salvia. The info on the pack recommended trying just before bedtime.
I settled into my chair watching a movie, and I'd made all the preperations for bedtime. About 1/2 hour before I planned to go to bed, I lit some in my home-made bong, which is a glass lemonade jar with some heavy duty plumbing tubing and a brass hose head for a cup. I use small sheets of aluminum foil which I've perforated with a pin for a screen. The overall volume is about 3/4 of the volume of a standard tobacco pipe.
The smoke itself was bitter and very, very thick with a grey/white coloring. I sucked until it reached my lips, then exhaled while I covered the smoke chamber. Then I let go of the control hole and sucked a lungful, held for 20-30 seconds, and exhaled. From the jar, I was able to get 2.5 lungfuls and the cup lasted for two of these operations. Since it was smaller than a standard pipe, I filled it twice. Then I went off to bed.
On the way to bed I noticed some clumsiness, but I was tired already so I won't attribute that entirely to the drug. What I did notice was an enhanced feeling of body. I could feel and hear my blood flowing in my chest, through my heart and around my torso. My heart was beating loudly, though not unusually fast, just that I could hear all the things inside my body. There was other noise in the room, from my TV.
For a while, I played 'Fire and Ice'. Then, the noise in my chest subsided and I turned off the tv and went to go to sleep. No images flashed into my brain, so I tried to create some. Since I love Sword & Sorcery stuff, I played out cliche scenarios; riding dragons, killing sub-men with a battle axe and chasing pretty scantily clad ladies through jungles. Frazetta stuff;-)
Now, I have a good imagination already, but I did see an improvement here: In the EASE of the imagination. These felt close to real, even though I was using 1/10 the brainpower I did when doing this to 'serious daydream' for a story. I could FEEL the battle axe in my hand as I hacked into the head of a sub-man, Feel the wind and inertia riding on top of a dragon and the backlash of hot gas as I had it burn stuff on the ground and FEEL my manhood in the ladies I caught. This was not a hallucination, because I knew what was real, it was enhanced imagination. My body lie still through this.
When I finally got to sleep, I slept a little lighter than most time, waking up more often. I did dream more in ways that I could remember, mostly lucid dreams between sleep and wakefulness. These dreams were of going through endless mazes, some stone and underground, others made of semi-transparent glass in vast open spaces, like an endless beach under a few inches of water and a large open sky. None of the 'heroic fantasy' stuff carried over into these dreams, they seemed to be about a feeling of calmness and exploration and an unreachable contemplation.
I felt a bit tired in the morning, but there were other factors I could attribute to that. Glad the next day was a day off, but I could have gone to work OK. I definitely plan to try more, probably only one small bowl next time. There's enough for a LOT of doses in one pack, so I hope this stuff 'grows' on me.
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