This particular plant was until quite recently very rare and could only be found in the state of Oaxaca (Mexico). It was first described botanically by R. Wasson. Salvia divinorum belongs to the sage family.
Now, among psychonauts, she is a well-known mind-altering plant and not one that is easy to grasp. Here's an attempt to give you some insight into her possible effects.
Salvia divinorum literally means 'fortune teller's sage'.
Salvia divinorum has a hollow, square stem and loves moist soil. The green leaves contain several substances including a very powerful psychedelic substance, salvinorin A. In fact, she is one of the most powerful natural hallucinogens to date. It is also quite different from other psychedelic substances. It is not an alkaloid (the class to which, for example, DMT and psilocybin belong) and also in terms of effect it is quite 'separate' from other psychedelic substances and that's saying something.
Furthermore, there is a difference between the traditional use of the plant and how we use it in the West. The Mazatec medicine men picked the leaves, rolled them into a cigar-like shape and chewed on them. As a result, the sap of the plant was absorbed through their oral mucosa. Another method they used was to squeeze out the leaves and then drink this liquid. In this way, the effects are very different from smoking an extract, or the dried leaves.
It is an interesting fact, how the power of one and the same plant can come to us in different ways.
It is certainly possible to grow your own Salvia divinorum plant. If this is not one of your options, your second option is to use the dried leaves or a (very potent!) extraction.
Chewing the fresh leaves results in a longer, but milder trip. Users experience a psychedelic trance, a feeling of loosening up from your surroundings. Users also experience tingling all over the body. Usually this starts with a kind of deafness in the mouth, which slowly but surely takes over the rest of the body. This can feel like a partial or complete loss of the ego. Dissociation' is a term that is also often used in the description of the Salvia trip. It can mean that you are absorbed in the whole and out- or body experiences.
Smoking a Salvia extract should be approached with extreme caution. For this you can use a simple little pipe. Sirius offers extracts of different strengths up to 20 x. Smoking provides a short but intense trip where you can experience a feeling of loss of control and loss of perception of the environment. It can also be difficult for some people to experience effects of this plant at all. Why this is not clear and does not always have to do with the dose. So beware of doubling the amount too fast, if you didn't feel it the first time. Maybe it's not necessarily because of your tolerance, but because of something else. Anyway, to approach the plant with respect and ritualistic approach, you can open up much more to the experience.
This plant is described by the Mazatec shamans as a shy deer that jumps away anxiously when there is too much light and sound present. A tip is to use this plant in a very quiet, semi-darkened environment.
The Salvia trip is difficult to describe, because it stands alone and bears less resemblance to other psychedelics. Even if you consider yourself to be an experienced explorer, with psilocybin mushrooms, magic truffles, maybe even DMT and LSA in your experience backpack... you can still come across a surprising piece of terra incognita with Ska María Pastora.
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