Salvia Divinorum- A Primer on the Herb for Reaching the Divine Spirit


Salvia Divinorum

Salvia Divinorum is a plant that can be smoked that is from the sage plant. In the summer of 2004 I had the very weird opportunity of smoking some Salvia Divinorum with my parents who had purchased some from an online store. I’d like to repeat that this was a very weird experience. If you are thinking of buying or smoking some Salvia Divinorum or having some Salvia Divinorum Extract in the near future, then you are going to want to read this whole thing through at least once. It is really not like anything you have ever tried.

Let me start with the basics:

Salvia Divinorum is legal. I won’t say completely legal, because it probably isn’t something you would want to smoke in the car while driving around. Salvia is legal in that gray area that makes glass pipes somewhat legal. It can also usually be found in the same places that sell glass pipes and hookahs and bongs. If you have Salvia Divinorum on you, you will probably be arrested, but would get off when it came to court. My point is, be careful when you have this on you and treat it like a controlled substance.

How You Ingest Salvia Divinorum:

There are two ways that I know of to ingest Salvia Divinorum. I have tried them both. They are…

1. Drink a Salvia Divinorum Extract…

With this method, you actually take what would be considered a tincher of Salvia. This is a highly concentrated and very alcoholic dose of the Salvia Divinorum plant that has to be held in your mouth to be absorbed by your tongue and mouth and then swallowed. The good part of this method is that you can make sure to get exactly the amount you want, and your “high” comes on more slowly. The BAD part of the Salvia Divinorum extract method is that there is so much alcohol in it and you have to hold it in your mouth so long that it will burn the shit out of your mouth. We are talking about skin peeling off of the roof of your mouth and your tongue hurting like never before. The extract is also QUITE expensive and doesn’t do as much (in my humble opinion).

2. Smoke The Salvia Divinorum…

This is my preferred method. You are going to smoke the Salvia Divinorum just like you would smoke weed. You can use your same pipe for the salvia, or if you have a hookah lying around or a water pipe, then that is even better. Very simple stuff.

A Bit about 2x Salvia, 5x Salvia, 10x Salvia, and up…

The people who sell Salvia have thought up lots of new ways to get you blasted (and to make a buck or two more). They now offer higher powered Salvia that is basically more potent. The same thing that hash is to weed. In my experience, the more potent Salvia TRULY does make a big difference if you want to have an out-of-body experience. If you are looking for an experience that is less drastic, then you can buy the cheaper stuff.

What to Expect When You Do Salvia Divinorum:

When you smoke salvia, you are going to have one of two experiences. You are either going to have an out-of-body, more trippy than LSD, forget who you are and that the world exists kind of experience, or you are going to have a lighter feeling more like being high. I’m going to describe the out-of-body feeling first.

Out of Body Experience from Salvia Divinorum:

The first time I tried Salvia, it went like this… I watched my girlfriend take some extract and then trip a bit and think I was a tree and talk to me like I was a tree and then a crayon. It got me pretty psyched. I started out my experience by taking a bit of 25x Salvia Extract which got me “to the door” and I remember “feeling something”. Since I was still conscious, my guides (my parents) put some 20x salvia into a bong and let me hit it. What happened from there I can only tell you from what I heard afterwards from my girlfriend and parents. I took the hit and held it for a moment then blew it out and would have dropped the bong if someone didn’t grab it from me. I laid back on my back and babbled and then tried to stand up repeatedly for about 10 minutes… then I kept saying “Who are you?” to the people around for about 30 minutes more. Not too interesting from a spectators point of view, but let me tell you what happened inside my head….

After taking the hit of 20x Salvia Divinorum, I immediately felt my perception of time stop. Time seemed to stop. Completely. I saw the inner workings of what seemed to be a universe of gears with billions of universes inside, each with lives and lives and lives all the way down. I saw the faces of people I had known in this life inside the gears and they seemed more insignificant than an ant. This seemed to continue for what would be days in our normal world until the effects began to wane. “Coming back” is relearning what makes up this world. You relearn that you know the people around you. You relearn that you are human. You relearn that you can walk. It took me about one week to get back to my state of mind before the experience. I must truly say that I have done many, many drugs and this one is absolutely the one that takes you further than any other. I have heard that Salvia Divinorum in these quantities is on par with 5 Meo Dmt.

Smoking Salvia Divinorum in a Joint

All of the Subsequent times that I have smoked Salvia Divinorum have been just regular Salvia smoked in what would be a joint if it were made with weed. Pretty much what happens when you smoke this is you begin to be more conscious or each thing you are doing. For instance, if you are on the computer talking to people, writing an email, and listening to music, you begin to get overwhelmed with how many things you are doing at once and you find yourself sitting and marveling at how much you can do at once.

I have heard many people say that they don’t feel anything when they only smoke a little bit of Salvia Divinorum. If you don’t know what to expect, and therefor what to feel for, you need to smoke a lot to get the feeling in your mind so you can recognize it.


If you have a stable mindset and think you can handle being out of control of your body, then you should try some Salvia Divinorum. It is cheap and mostly legal, so there really is no downside. Just make sure that you have someone with you to watch over you. Salvia Divinorum is not really a “fun” high, and it is completely non-addictive. So, go out to your local head shop and pick some up!

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Brad is a blogger with a curious nature and a love for Shamanism. As an avid traveler and psychonaut, Brad draws from his experience to make some sense of today’s world through shamanic eyes.

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