Citation: Michael. "My Brain: The Factory: An Experience with Salvia divinorum (exp67879)". Erowid.org. Jan 4, 2020. erowid.org/exp/67879
It was a normal day, just like any other. I was ecstatic once again to come home from high school. It is my senior year, and everyday I get more and more anxious to begin my life again in college. At school my friend, Kevin, told me he had purchased some Salvia. At the time, I did not know much about this drug, other than what my cousin had told me about his experience: 'I felt flat, and then, like a balloon, I started inflating until I was myself once again.'
I had no idea what he was trying to convey with this sentence, at the time it was just... odd. I had never taken any other psychedelics or other drugs, but I smoked Marijuana once about every other day.
So Kevin and Morgan (a friend of ours) came to my house. We made a gravity bong out of a 2-Liter coke bottle. We filled up my bath tub and made the foil top of our bong.
I was incredibly scared at the time so I insisted that someone else go first. Kevin stepped up to the plate and took a hit. Instantly he leaned back and looked confused. A few seconds later he said “Wow, I completely forgot I just smoked. I just swirled up into the bottle.” “What the fuck?” I thought. He tried again.
This time we heated up the Salvia until it glowed red, and then we lifted up the bottle to fill it up with the smoke. He inhaled, stood up, and lost all emotion in his face. He took a few steps into my room, and then just stood there. Thinking it would make a difference, I grabbed him and brought him to a mirror. “Look!” I said, “What do you see?” His face was blank and he had no response. I sat him on my bed and then went back into the bathroom for Morgan’s turn.
He took his hit, but coughed and we waited. Nothing happened. Now it was my turn. I was so scared, not knowing what to expect. We heated it until it glowed, just as we did before. The bong filled up with milky, pure-white smoke. It was impossible to see through the bottle since it was so full. I put my mouth on the bottle, pushed down, and inhaled.
I stood up and walked toward my room. “Laugh” I thought, “it may make it a better experience.” I began to chuckle to myself and then laid down on my bed. Upon impacting the bed, my entire room flattened. Suddenly I saw nothing but black and heard a strange noise. It was nothing I had heard before. The black went away and it was like I had opened my eyes I did not see my room, I was in a different place.
I was stuck to a picture, which was a moment in time in my room. The noise was a factory. I looked around and saw rows upon rows of pictures, which were different points of time in my room. Millions of them were hanging from a hook, in a line going toward the unknown.
“Where am I?” I thought. “What the hell is going on.” I looked to the right, and Kevin was there. “Kevin! You’re here!” I said shocked. “It’ll be okay,” he explained. Comforted, I looked ahead. The line of pictures moved forward one space, followed by a voice that said “Number 9912479217497214” or some large number like that. Then, another move. “Number 9912479217497213” said the voice.
“I’m going to be stuck here forever,” I thought. Finally after waiting and waiting, the row of pictures began to climb up hill. I was so anxious about was going to happen. We kept climbing and climbing until the picture Kevin and I were stuck to was on the very top. I looked down. It was a giant fall and the end was some sphere object. “This is it,” I said to my self, “I’m dying.” The picture shot down at an incredible speed. I screamed in fear. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! The picture collided with the sphere and then everything sped up. All the pictures started colliding one after another, increasing in speed.
Suddenly I realized that the pictures were what I was seeing in my room and the sphere was my eye. I began drifting away from the sphere slowly back into my body.
I began drifting away from the sphere slowly back into my body.
As I was approaching my normal self, I realized that I could not move. I was stuck to my bed still, and I heard “Your mom is here.” Repeating in my head.
Every second felt like a lifetime, but after each second, I was slowly returning to normal thinking. I realized that Morgan was telling me that my mom was home. I was entirely scared and felt the most fear in my entire life. He started laughing, and it seemed so ominous. I felt so much hatred toward everything and didn’t why.
More seconds of anger passed, and I realized he was joking. I began to feel my body again. During this experience I could not recall any feeling to my body. My pants felt wet and I thought I had urinated in them, so I walked to the restroom and realized that I didn’t.
I could not comprehend what I was feeling, but it made me uncomfortable. I decided to go outside and smoke some Marijuana to calm me down. After about 30 minutes, I felt normal again. I then realized that I had somehow slowed down time and drifted into my brain to figure out how the eye captured images and sent them into the brain. I was extremely happy that I was normal once again.
I’ve discussed my experience with Kevin and other people who’ve smoked Salvia. They’ve all felt a similar progression of stages from confusion to wonder to fear to death and then back to normal. Right now, about 4 months later, I’m too afraid to take Salvia again, but I probably will sometime in the future.
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