Very few psychoactive herbs have received so much attention as Salvia Divinorum or Diviners Sage. It is a member of the Sage genus and the Lamiaceae (Mints)family. It looks like most salvias growing to be about 3 feet tall with purple - white flower stalks. It is mostly grown from cuttings, since it produces very few seeds and these are to hard to get to germinate. A few gardeners in warm climate zones have heard of the plant and joked about smoking it. It is obvious that they do not have clue about the hallucigenic effects of this herb. It is not a party drug like marihuanna, since the effects are much more powerful.
Cultivated by the Mazatec and the Aztecs in Mexico because of it´s ability to alter consciousness and induce visions and gain personal and divine insight. Known by etnobotanists to be an enthogen: Creates God within. Leaves of the plant are chewed or smoked to get the hallucinogenic effects. When smoked the effects set in after 30 seconds - and last for about 2-5 minuttes.
- Uncontrollable laughter
- loss of control over body
- hallucinations - visions, dissociative states, experience of other dimensions and realities
Some people get very scary and unpleasant bad trips when smoking the leaves - scary for both the user and the persons watching them. This is one of the reasons it is not to be used as a party drug or a laughing prank by inexperienced dope-heads. People having bad trips are very unlikely to ever try using it again. For the adventurous who dare to try smoking this herb - there is one rule that is very important - have a person you trust next to you! (A sitter). The sitter must be present to make sure you do not harm yourself by falling or hurt your self in any way. If you do try smoking Salvia Divinorum follow these safety guidelines.
As much as I am very tempted to try smoking this herb myself (I imagine doing it with a friend on the huge soft park lawn, a summer evening when the sun sets) - I have decided I do not dare it. My mind is too fragile to handle a bad trip. Salvia Divinorum has become illegal here in Denmark and some other EU countries, Australia and in a few US states. I have tried smoking some weed - no not dandelions .-) .... and it does not do anything for me. I better stick to seeking and feeling the holy spirit and just be high on life in healthier ways. YouTtube - of course has many vidoes showing the effects of smoking Salvia Divinorum - Some are downright scary; showing intense bad trips. I did however also find this video of a gardener with some nice roses behind him. I must say I doubt I would get much gardening done if I followed his example of smoking Salvia Divinorum - take a look as he goes into another dimension for a funny pleasant trip lasting a few minuttes.
The Picture on top showing the plant is from the Wikepedia article on Salvia Divinoforum