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Q: I have some salvia divinorum incense. I was wondering what the effects would be upon burning. Similar to smoking (i have never)? Or more as a meditational aid? I always exercise caution, and I would be extremely grateful to here from anyone who has used salvia divinorum in this way or has some info regarding the process. Thank you.

A: Primarily this depends on what form the 'incense' is in. While most vendors sell dried leaves or extracts marketed as "incense", we have been told (but been unable to verify) that some vendors sell Salvia divinorum in the form of stick incense.

If the "incense" is in the form of dried leaves, it is probably reasonable to assume that they are unaltered Salvia divinorum leaves, and if smoked would produce the effects described in the Salvia divinorum Vault.

If the incense is in liquid or powder form, it's important to find out from the vendor whether it is pure Salvia divinorum extract, whether it has any other ingredients, and what strength extract it is. S. divinorum is an extremely powerful substance when smoked, especially in extracted form. If you choose to experiment with smoked extract, be sure to read up on possible effects and always have a sitter.

If the incense is in stick form, burning it would almost certainly not produce enough volume of smoke to cause any effect. Many people don't experience effects even from directly smoking leaves because they are unable to get the minimum quantity of smoke required. Using Salvia as incense, for example burning it in a tray on a desk...not intending to inhale the smoke, seems similar to using common sage, cedar, or lavender. They are all traditionally used herbs which many find to be generally grounding, or as a meditational aid as you suggest.

Please note that an extremely common incense is sage, also in the genus Salvia. Not all incense marked as "salvia incense" is salvia divinorum and may be made from any of the other plants in the Salvia genus.

Asked By : JIMBAY
Answered By : fire
Published Date : 1 / 11 / 2000
Last Edited Date : 3 / 1 / 2004
Question ID : 94

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