Citation: Tripper. "Warped Insanity - Merciless Trip: An Experience with Salvia divinorum (35X Extract) & Cigarettes (exp56808)". Erowid.org. Jan 2, 2021. erowid.org/exp/56808
I consider myself a fairly experienced drug user, I've done everything in the book but really only habituated with coke. I've always like hallucinogens, but the longevity and separation from reality always scared me off, I wanted to be able to function if something went down.
I'd heard about Salvia before, but I figured it was like most legal highs and just a deliriant. After some friends told me it was different and intense, I decided to test it for myself. I went down to a head shop, and picked up the strongest they had, 35x. I had researched it before, but I didn't understand just how intense it could be.
So later that night when I was home alone and sitting on my balcony, I decided to test out the stuff. I stuffed a pretty big bowl into my pipe, and grabbed my lighter. I'm on a competitive swim team, so I have a massive lung capacity, which I used to inhale as much smoke as possible. I held it in for as long as I could, and didn't feel much so I took another bigger hit, and that's where the problems started. My surroundings began to ripple, and then I felt like my mind was being ripped out of my body, and I felt as if my room was crunching smaller and smaller. Then, I saw my family coming out of the walls and grabbing at me, and then other people reaching down trying to get a piece of me. My computer was playing some random U2 song, and there were these evil manifestations of sound crawling out of the speakers.
All of a sudden I felt as if I was rushed back into my body, and I stood up and tried to fight off what I was calling, 'the families.' I remembered that nicotine can quash the effects of salvia, so I tried desperately to light the cigarettes I was cramming into my mouth. The paranoia began to fade, and I suddenly decided that if I could call someone and grab onto their voice, I would leave the insanity. I called my friend Alana, and all I could scream out was, 'The families! The families!' I was so panicked I wasn't breathing and it felt like my throat was closing up. I ran out to my balcony, and finally I felt the effects starting to fade. The visuals faded slowly but steadily, and seeing my world shining through the dissociation counteracted the paranoia.
After I felt normal, I chain-smoked to calm me down, and then sat down. The horrors of my trip seemed to tax my body to my physical limits, so I went to my bed and slept off the Salvia.
Since then I've tried Salvia a few times more, and I realized my error was choosing too high of a strength for my first time. Even with multiple concentrations, I strongly suggest a trip sitter in a quiet and cool place, my sensory overload drove me to acute mania. Salvia is definitely a trip, but it's overwhelming potential is vast.
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