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Head of Glass
Salvia divinorum (tincture)
by dzhastin
Citation:   dzhastin. "Head of Glass: An Experience with Salvia divinorum (tincture) (exp72789)". Erowid.org. Oct 25, 2020. erowid.org/exp/72789

 
DOSE:
5 ml sublingual Salvia divinorum (tincture)

BODY WEIGHT: 200 lb


I had known about salvia for some time but was never interested in trying it because I didn't have much faith that it would really work (at least as advertised). However, I've had a number of profound life-events that I needed to meditate on. I feel like I've gotten everything that I can out of LSD, DMT, and the others so I figured, what the hell, might as well see what Ms Salvia has to offer.

I ordered a sublingual concentrate and prepared a 6 dropper tincture with hot water. The directions suggested that this would make for a strong experience but I was still skeptical. Besides, if anything is worth doing it's worth doing right. I put the tincture in my mouth and was horrified. It was like having a liquified Christmas tree air freshener on fire in my mouth. I did manage to hold it in my mouth for 15 minutes though and decided to try and swallow it. I still didn't feel anything. Almost immediately I vomited. It was not an unpleasant sensation though and a voice told me that it was ok because I was throwing up as a sacrifice for all the lunchrooms in the Houston school district. At this point I realized the Salvia must have hit because I'm not in school and have never lived in Houston. I didn't have long to meditate on this blasphemy though because at that point my wife unexpectedly came home.

I walked downstairs because I felt like it was important for my wife to know that I had taken the salvia and it was a little rough, but I would be fine shortly. Instead, I mumbled something about searching for the world mother and started grabbing at her stomach with a pair of barbecue tongs from the kitchen. She called me an ass, grabbed the car keys she came back for and left. By now about 20 minutes have passed since the salvia first hit my tongue.

In an instant, salvia hit me hard with full force. I heard a sound like a loud crack and felt like I was pulled into a parallel world. At first I was thinking 'We've been here before - this is fine.' but quickly realized 'No, this is the place we knew about and tried very hard to avoid.' I had a quick flash of the fear and tried to walk it off. It was very difficult because in the dimension I was in, everything seemed to be coated with glass. Anytime two objects touched or my feet hit the floor, there was a very loud, audible 'clink' like glasses banging. Very uncomfortable and disconcerting. By now the visual world was too difficult to process so I lay down in my dark room.

Once the initial hit of fear passed, salvia was actually pretty good to me, if unremarkable.
Once the initial hit of fear passed, salvia was actually pretty good to me, if unremarkable.
The open eye visuals were similar to mushrooms with the room dimensions distorting, objects melting to the far wall and white surfaces covered with bright fractal patterns. Neat but nothing to write home about. When I closed my eyes and put a little Steve Reich music on, things got very cool though. I was completely ripped out of my body and traveled along a 2-dimensional plane that changed color and intensity with the phases in the music. It was very pleasant and intense. The whole time I was being lectured by a woman saying 'You thought you knew me but you didn't. Those others, they might look flashy but I've been doing this since before time. You're cocky but you've got a good heart so I'll let you off easy this time.'

I gently dozed off after this and awoke feeling pretty good the next morning. I don't know how to feel about the whole experience. I didn't gain any insights, except into the nature of salvia. It is not a drug to be trifled with, and it's not really a drug in the recreational sense as there is no 'high' to speak of. I never felt any loss of ego or perceptual distortion - the universe just got very very strange on me. Maybe it would work better with additional substances or in a different setting, but for me it was just a very bizarre, intense trip.

Exp Year: 2008ExpID: 72789
Gender: Male 
Age at time of experience: Not Given 
Published: Oct 25, 2020Views: 321
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