Citation: Raoul Duke. "Halloween Trip Is Volatile and Unpredictable: An Experience with Salvia divinorum (20X Extract) (exp88577)". Erowid.org. Oct 30, 2018. erowid.org/exp/88577
Like many others, I am no stranger to the usage of hallucinogens and other types of substances. Over the years I have had many experiences with LSD, mushrooms, extassy, mescaline and have smoked mary jane for over 15 years. Having always enjoyed tripping on different levels and exploring other dimensions of the mind I was very interested to first hear of the exotic sage that was being talked about. I did some basic research and I had seen many of the goofy videos of kids blabbering and falling down on Youtube while using Salvia, so naturally I wanted to give it a shot.
I ordered two grams of 20x extract from a reputable online dealer and could hardly contain my excitement when the plain brown envelope arrived in my mailbox a few days later. The stuff looked like tea leaves, pretty harmless at first glance. Like many others, I wasnt sure what to expect, but I figured at worst it would be a temporary buzz, nothing special. I mean this stuff is legal, how bad can it be right? Wrong.
So Halloween night, noone home but me and the dog. I lock up the house, lower the lights in my bedroom, I pack up a glass pipe with a generous amount of the extract and turn on some music. I will never forget, the song Heroin by the Velvet Underground had started right as I took the first (and only) hit. I was sitting in my desk chair, I held the torch over the leaf, took a big pull of smoke into my lungs, and held it tightly as I had read to do.
After maybe 20-30 seconds of holding in the smoke I could begin to feel as though the top of my head was tingling, then as I exhaled the smoke from my lungs - shazam. Somehow I managed to drop the bowl onto the desk in front of me, and I somehow managed to fall backwards from the chair to my bed, which was just a few feet behind me. I could feel the entire room start to swirl and spin uncontrollably, and it was as if though gravity itself had forced me down and was pinning me to my bed.
I could feel the entire room start to swirl and spin uncontrollably, and it was as if though gravity itself had forced me down and was pinning me to my bed.
Violent and multi colored swirls and spirals danced in the air around me, and I felt this overwhelming sense of fear and panic.
There was a pain in my right hand, and it felt as though someone had jabbed a knife into my palm, and as I looked down it appeared that my whole right hand had been cut off (later I realized the pain was from the hot butane lighter I was still clutching). All I can remember was trying so hard with all of my might to get up or sit up straight on my bed, I kept thinking if I could just sit up I would be ok. I kept thinking 'man I really did it this time, I really fucked up this time' but I had completely forgotten what I had done and that I had smoked something.
I remember being almost paralyzed and I must have looked like a fish flopping around that had been taken out of the water. I looked up and the spirals had turned into a bright green and they had taken on the color and texture of vines, and I could see vines spiraling and forming in the room in front of me that resembled only what I could describe as a double helix shape or a vortex. It was as if I was being eaten alive by a jungle.
The music, such a bad choice of song, when the guitar parts sped up and the feedback reverberated loudly and it caused me to panic harder and harder and I remember wishing and just praying that I could make it stop. After what seemed like an eternity the intensity began to subside a little and I was able to remember that I had smoked salvia, and this allowed me to calm down enough to get a grip on myself. After a while I was able to sit myself up and look at the clock and only 15 minutes had passed by.
After coming back to reality again some 30-40 minutes after I had smoked I was relieved and happy that I was back to normal. I cant even convey the grattitude I felt for just being normal again. It was such an overwhelming and unexpected experience, impossible to describe in words. When I tell my friends about my experience they all laugh and poke fun, little do they know that Salvia is no joke and nothing to play with. It was a hellish experience and not pleasant in any way and I worry that kids using this stuff will have no idea what they are in store for.
I have used the same 20X one time since them, with much better results (and a lower dosage).
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