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The Real Deal
Salvia divinorum
by Newshaman
Citation:   Newshaman. "The Real Deal: An Experience with Salvia divinorum (exp42929)". Erowid.org. Jun 23, 2007. erowid.org/exp/42929

 
DOSE:
3 hits smoked Salvia divinorum (leaves)

BODY WEIGHT: 135 lb


I had been experimenting with salvia for quite some time, but was frustrated with the fact that a 5 x extract costs so much, so I decided to give the dry leaves a try, which are sold at my local smoke shop for really cheap. The guy behind the counter told me that the 'regular' leaf wouldn't yield a complete experience, but I wanted to try them out anyway so I bought them. I tried smoking the leaves using a regular lighter and a tiny little water pipe and attained moderately powerful effects, which by salvia standards is absolutely mind-blowing. Each time I smoked I entered a completely strange and fantastic dimension (with eyes closed) that involved intense, flowing visuals and powerful emotions, but I never felt like I had 'broken through.' I was thinking about what was preventing me from doing so and realized that the problem lay in my smoking technique. Sure, I held the lighter over the bowl the whole time, took huge hits and held them in for 15-20 seconds, but often I could feel the trip rapidly escalating and taking over my body while I was holding in the first hit or in the middle of taking the second one. I would feel the urge to just put the bowl down and enjoy what was about to happen. So, I decided that I would fight this urge and attempt a third hit to put me over the top. Let me tell you, this worked wonders and helped me attain an absolutely amazing breakthrough experience.

I smoked the first hit and started feeling it-a vibration accompanied with a feeling of being sucked into a different dimension. I took the second and realized that I was in for a wild ride if I managed to take a third...but the bowl was empty!! I had burned through the whole thing. I frantically tried to pack the bowl with some fresh leaves that were laying nearby while I held in my second hit, and this is when things went totally trippy. This is very hard to describe, but the table that I had placed the extra leaves on 'became' a being in itself-it was alive, and had a mind of its own. I watched in disbelief as it literally 'fought' with my bowl (which had also become a thinking entity) over whether or not I would be allowed to take a third hit. It should be noted here that the table was morphing into different shapes and patterns at the time, and resembled a creature of mythical proportions, however this was trivial in comparison to the mere fact that it now was a living being, with a personality. I felt as though I had known this table (creature) my whole life. I expected him to react in such a way, he never wanted me to have fun .I suddenly snapped back into a more realistic state of mind and realized that I had to take the third hit and step it up a notch. I shakily burned the new leaves in the pipe and then set it down, victorious. My pipe and I had triumphed over the old legendary table, so I closed my eyes, sat back in my chair, and entered that familiar realm of transdimensional travel that I had come to love so much.

Immediately I was overwhelmed with visuals; red, white, greenish lightning bolts swirled into absolutely intricate patterns, and somehow these patterns were or alluded to individual family members. Not real family members-these were fantastical beings. I had a brother, a sister, a mother, all of which I felt that I had known my entire life. My mother was a black hole that sucked all of the energy around her into her direct center. She was scolding me, 'why didn't you listen to your father?!' This is when I realized that the table was my father, the voice of reason in my life. I tried to escape, all I had to do was open my eyes. But I couldn't. She was there, blocking me. 'Don't you dare open your eyes! See what happens if you do!' The black hole sent out horizontal stitches to lock my eyes shut, but I was determined...I thrust my eyes open and was free.

After opening my eyes I saw the closed eye patterns evident in every being in the real world-trees, chairs, doors, they were all reminiscent of salvia land. I shakily walked outside and felt as if I were vibrating in unison with the outside world. This feeling slowly faded over the next 5 or 10 minutes, when I decided that I had to share my experience with others. Salvia is not something to be taken lightly. It has a lot of intense insight to offer, and can easily take you into a completely different world. My only disappointment with the drug is that it seems incredibly intense and life-changing during the experience, but in retrospect is difficult if not impossible to recall exactly how it felt, thus making it seem less significant than it is. Happy journeys.

Exp Year: 2005ExpID: 42929
Gender: Male 
Age at time of experience: Not Given 
Published: Jun 23, 2007Views: 4,914
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