A few months ago, a little bird whispered the following account to me:
: I didn't do it! Nobody saw me do it! You can't prove
This weekend I had the pleasure of trying Salvia for the first time, and
let it be said; it worked! Wow!
Since I was quite ignorant as to how much I was supposed to smoke, I
started out with just a tiny pinch, and sprinkled it into my home made
pipe (made from a bottle), lit it and puffed away. Very minor effects, yet
quite comfortable. I felt a bit more thoughtful and philosophical, and
visualizing things with my eyes closed became quite easy. Also, a vague
tingling sensation was felt, but this might come from my exitement. :)
The smoke wasn't all that bad. It tasted a bit like oregano, and keeping
it down was no problem.
But, the experience wasn't quite as expected, and I decided to give it
another shot. I waited about 15 minutes, and this time I used approximately
twice as much as last time. Probably still a small dose, I thought.
I decided to go for one big hit this time, and lit up. The white smoke
filled the bottle much thicker than the last time. I could still beel this
tingling sensation from the first try, but I could feel it getting
stronger, so I quickly put down the pipe, and laid down on the couch.
And then I laid down on the couch. And again. And again. Faster and
faster. Time stopped moving forward, and the last few moments kept
repeating themselves, up to 3 times / second or so! It almost felt like my
body was spinning. I started to feel very dizzy, but without any nausea,
which was a bit odd.
The need to get up and "shake it off" was overwhelming, because it wasn't
very comfortable, but luckily I managed to keep calm. I have read numerous
stories and trip reports where people try to get up and walk during this
"trance", and ended up falling down and hurting themselves. I repeated to
myself "don't get up, just go with it." over and over. Thinking rationally
was difficult, but I managed somehow.
After the initial few seconds (or was it longer?) the time loop and
dizzyness went away, and I felt myself sink deeper into the couch,
almost as if the couch changed into something softer. I was
staring at a picture on the wall. (The room was just enough lit to see
it.) Then - take off! The wall and parts of the picture started to flow
and dissolved into a mass of strange shapes, which everything seemed to be
made of. Most of them were shaped roughly like a key hole. The picture on
the wall seemed to lose it's "squareness", and looked more like a gate or
portal. It was very colorful, but quite hard to make any sense out of at
I suddenly realized that this was the Salvia "talking", and decided to
close my eyes, as I have read that external stimuli, like sounds and
images, can disturb the "trance".
As I closed my eyes I saw the same river of shapes as earlier, flowing key
holes, filled with small colored "sub-shapes", these also roughly shaped
like key holes. In retrospect it reminds me a bit about the typical
self-similarity of fractal patterns.
After having studied this river for a while, I accidentally moved my foot
to get more comfortable. Wow, what a sight! I immediately noticed that
parts of these shapes seemed to move "along with me". The shapes didn't
resemble anything humanoid, but they did move in synch with the movements
By the way, the fact that I was suddenly aware of my body again seemed to
interrupt the normal flow of the trip, and it seemed like I had to start
from scratch again everytime I realized that I was actually lying on a
couch, and not hovering over this river of colors. Therefore I didn't
care to study these sychronized movement effects very closely.
After a while - I had no idea how long at the time - things started to
slow down. And as soon as I noticed just that, it was over. It was just as
if someone turned out the lights. I could, however, seem to notice the
shapes if I tried real hard, but after an additional 20 seconds the ride
I sat up, and noticed that everything felt soft. The floor felt like foam
rubber. I also felt a bit "high" and trippy, but only vaguely. I sat down
by my PC to share the experience with some friends on the net, and one of
them - let's call him Ben - suggested that I'd look at my plants, and see
if they had this energy field around them. To my amazement, they did! A
soft white shimmer seemed to engulf all of the plants in the room. I have
no idea what this was. I might have imagined it, as I was told to look for
it, but who knows. This was approx. 20 minutes after the touchdown, and I
was feeling quite "sober" again. As a side note; Ben called this effect
"plant telepathy", and I understand that it isn't all unheard of with
regard to Salvia experiences.
The time never occured to me, but I guess the inital full-blown trip
lasted 5 - 10 minutes, and the much softer second part of the trip lasted
an hour or two.
- The come-on is fast and intense! The vertigo sort of freaked me out,
especially considering the insane urge to get up. However, as all trip
reports recommend a trip sitter, I should have suspected something like
this. I'd recommend one. If not, at least be careful and start out with
- It ends just as abruptly as it starts. However, the longer and softer
phase leaves you with a semi-euphoric and "high" feeling for an hour or two.
- Salvia is not a party drug. Not by a long shot. Actually, the trip isn't
that comfortable at all, but nevertheless, it is a very interesting
psychedelic, and left me in a very philosophical mood.