Citation: McClintock. "The Queen of the Carnival: An Experience with Salvia divinorum (20x extract) & Cannabis (exp70253)". Erowid.org. Sep 19, 2022. erowid.org/exp/70253
It all started when a buddy and I were talking about different experiences we'd had smoking grass and doing magic mushrooms. I had never done any entheogens so I was completely mesmerized by the things he was describing. Then he mention this Salvia stuff, which he swears he'll never do again, and me being ever-so curious I asked him why. He said that it freaked him right out, terrified him and he'd never do it again because he felt trapped. Didn't sound like anything I'd be interested in.
A few months passed before I ever thought of the old Sally again, but then it came up in conversation at a party. I knew I had to learn more, so I did some research and found that most people have a very positive experience with Salvia. So naturally I ignored my friends opinion and went out and bought a gram of 20x from the local head-shop.
Anyhow I brought it over to my cousin's place, (she agreed to sit with me) and we filled a bowl half Salvia, half weed. She took the first hit, went into a coughing fit and passed the pipe to me. Suddenly I was nervous, but took a big hit anyway, holding for about 20 seconds and then exhaling. The biggest thing I noticed was that it tasted like complete sh*t! I reached for some weed cake to kill the flavor and my arms turned to water, somehow I managed to reach the bowl and hit it one more time before I was transported into a new dimension.
As I sat back, I looked at my cousin, who was no longer my cousin. She had turned into this smiling lady with a softly rainbow colored gown and puffy matching hat, she was comfortably perched on a pink feather pillow. I came to know her as the Queen of the Carnival. She was a motherly figure to me, smiled down on me as if I was a child. I was pulled by an invisible force to this pillow and when I sat on it we traveled around the carnival jumping around and bouncing all the way, the pillow made the ride a gentle one, like being on a cloud. The only thing that could be like it would be Aladdin riding his magic carpet.
The ride slowly came to a stop and I stepped away, and as soon as I left the ride I was somewhere else. I was inside the head of a giant body, it moved without my control, except it wasn't frightening, as if I wasn't supposed to be in control, like it was the most normal thing in the world to be riding behind the eyes of this massive being. I could see my cousin again, she was miniature compared to me. I felt this sudden urge to make contact with her and I tried to say hello but could only manage a whisper, 'Amanda, I'm inside, I'm inside... I can speak but I'm inside, shhhhhh', was what I tried to say but apparently all the came out was a mumble. The thought of her being so small suddenly became wildly hysterical to me and I began laughing and dancing around her apartment like a fool.
After I was done running through her apartment, I stopped in her living room, I think at this point I started coming down from wherever I was, it was like I was looking at her and her place from far away through a tunnel. Anyways I stood over the little bag of Salvia with my hand hovering over it, trying to puzzle out what was happening... When suddenly it hit me, I was a time traveler!! I was traveling, (or at least I thought I was) through time over and over, back to the same place on the time-line... 'Amanda, how many times have I been here?!! How many, many, many....' meaning how many times had I been to this moment in time.
My cousin began laughing at me, which frightened me, I felt like she knew something I didn't, (which she did, I was tripping and I didn't know it). I got very scared and angry for a brief moment, like I was trapped in-between this dimension, the real one and the Salvia dimension. This feeling passed quickly however as I suddenly remembered what happened and why I felt so weird. I still felt like I was barely in this dimension, like a ghost or smoked mirror image of myself, hollow.
I still felt like I was barely in this dimension, like a ghost or smoked mirror image of myself, hollow.
I looked up at a picture on the wall and it was 3d, just that one picture, jumping out at me. The stoned floaty feeling lasted for several hours but besides that I was left with nothing but respect and awe at the experience the little plant gave me.
Moral of the story, Salvia is an amazing ride that everyone should experience once in their lifetime. Note: I vaguely recall part of my trip where I was with my dad, but what exactly took place I can't recall... like my mind blocked it out.
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