Citation: fogclad. "Tumbled About & Left to Dry: An Experience with Salvia divinorum (exp73700)". Erowid.org. Jan 9, 2020. erowid.org/exp/73700
It was about 4:00 PM and I was in a very level-headed state, though a bit nervous. My friend picked me up we engaged in sparse, awkward conversation during the 30 minute car ride to his house and I told him everything I had read about the experience. He has tried everything from MDMA and Methamphetamines to Psilocybin and LSD, and is a regular cannabis smoker, so he is quite experienced with altered states of consciousness. As for myself, I smoke cannabis infrequently but am very sensitive to the drug and have been known to even hallucinate very mildy while under the influence. When sober I am prone to social anxiety and have an extremely introverted nature, so there are many inhibitions to be broken. Salvia was meant to be my means for metaphysical exploration and a source of spiritual enlightenment.
Salvia was meant to be my means for metaphysical exploration and a source of spiritual enlightenment.
As far as I know we were both well-rested and well-prepared physically and mentally for the task at hand.
My friendís parents were out of town for the weekend, and his older (and only) sister lives in a neighboring town with her husband and daughter. He lives in a safe, quiet, suburban neighborhood and in a house I am familiar with and comfortable in. There was very little danger of anyone interrupting our trip. It was Saturday afternoon, at about 4:30 PM when we arrived.
I had purchased 1 gram of 30x Salvia Divinorum extract and received it in the mail a couple days prior. My friend and I quickly set up our tools for the experience: he filled his bong with fresh water and cleaned out the bowl, and we went out to get his torch lighter from the garage. By now I was very nervous, and would have considered smoking cannabis to relax but neither of us had any at the time. We took the small baggy of Salvia and packed a half-bowl upon returning to the room. I told him I wanted to go first and sat down on his bed with the bong in hand. We were aware that this would be my first experience with any psychedelics, so Iíd have little to compare it to. As I put my mouth in place he quickly torched the bowl and I inhaled the entire hit, holding it in and waiting patiently for the effects to kick in. It was about 5:00 PM.
After I exhaled, all of a sudden an unknown presence gripped me and drew me back into the bed. Extreme mind-body disassociation took place as the force twisted me into the bed and I experienced myself and the bed as a double-helix shape, twisting in a infinite sequence that looped over and over for what seemed like eternity. It was very dreamlike but also very physical, with the perception of being pulled and forced in what seemed like another dimension. The audio was a sort of hollow, breathless echo (if that makes sense). Eventually I came to realize I was rolling around on the bed laughing and decided to sit up. Nothing I looked at made any sense; it seemed as if my perception wasnít coming from my body. Not being able to feel my body or figure out who I was sent me into a brief panic, as I desperately sought something concrete I could root myself to. My chest felt tight and I realized I was sweating profusely and my heart was beating rapidly. When I realized I could feel my body again I relaxed, and tried rubbing my hands together. It was an intense feeling and all I could focus on was the interaction between my sweaty palms. As I started to come down I realized my friend was there, still laughing at me. I attempted communication but my slurred speech and apparently unintelligable gibberish just made him laugh harder.
Finally I just layed down again to enjoy the rest of the increased perception I was now aware I had. The ceiling stretched before me and I melted into the cushions, again unaware of my surroundings. I wasnít visually hallucinating, instead it was more of an intense body high where my body was flung by a gravitational force to whatever I laid eyes on. It was like I could experience everything at once. As I became more self aware I sat up and tried to talk to my friend again. He told me (and I actually understood this time) that he was getting bored, the time being about 5:30 PM and around 30 minutes from the intitial hit. The effects were still very strong. After stumbling a bit, we both went into his kitchen and I watched, fascinated, as he sliced a piece of bread and got a beer from the fridge. By this time it had reduced to a strong body high, comparable to being drunk and maybe a little high as well. This effect persisted for another hour and a half, as I ran around in his backyard, chased cats, and became enthralled in a Japanese game show on TV, all the while overcome with delight and wonder and laughing constantly.
At around 7:30 PM some of his friends came by and everyone but my original friend smoked large amounts of cannabis. He was feeling up to smoking Salvia after a bit so one of his friends (who was almost back to baseline because of his high tolerance) and I went back to his room to watch him try it. He took a smallish hit, less than me, and after holding it in claimed to feel nothing. Then he took a larger hit and started laughing after he exhaled. Pretty soon he was on the bed laughing uncontrollably. This was absolutely hilarious to me at the time, though not as much to the other guy. Even still, he was much more lucid than I had been, and after a minute or so was telling us about what he felt. Claiming to have not tripped at all but felt a moderate body high, we decided to head back to the kitchen. Because of the cannabis I smoked, I never quite found out how long the after-effects persisted, but it was clear I had achieved an extremely strong initial experience as well as a lasting body high. This was not what I had expected, as I had heard the trip averaged about 5 minutes and the after effects only lasted about a half hour. My friendís reaction was even less than that, yet my initial Salvia trip lasted a good half hour with the after effects lasting over two hours.
This drug is not something to mess around with, especially if youíre sensitive to this kind of thing. Iím glad I had people to talk with and get me through it and overall I had a fantastic, eye-opening journey. A sitter is an absolute must, as the experience (and duration) seem to vary wildly from person to person.
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