Citation: mystic. "Made of Plastic: An Experience with Salvia divinorum (exp56809)". Erowid.org. Jan 2, 2021. erowid.org/exp/56809
I have taken drugs since I was around the age of 16 (I'm now 30) and have experimented with most including speed, ecstasy, shrooms, LSD, cocaine and pot. Despite all of this I seriously underestimated the strength of Salvia!
Myself and around 6 friends had spent the night on a shroom trip which had been quite mild and very enjoyable. We were all beggining to come down and we weren't quite ready for that. A friend had mentioned that she had some Salvia which I had never heard of before and asked if we would like to try it. Five of us immediately agreed, she filled the bowl and I volunteered to be the guinea pig!
I smoked a large bowl of it from a pipe and held all of it in for around 10 seconds - the final memory of reality that I have is my friend tapping out the bowl into the ashtray and myself lying back and laughing. The hit is absolutely immediate. I have over done it on both LSD and shrooms before and have experienced both fantastic and very bad trips on both. Nothing has ever readied me for what was to come...
My thought processes of reality began to disintegrate immediately in a similar way to what plastic does when you throw it on a fire. Despite being in a room full of close friends I had no consciousness of their existence or the purpose of anything. Everything I had ever done and every experience I had ever lived seemed to have been a lie - I was now being pulled into the full truth. The best way I can describe Salvia, being pulled into legoland wrapped in celephane. Although I was sitting (apparently) at the time it felt like I was standing and falling forever forward into a celephane coated hell. I was being pulled from behind at the same time but it felt like I was going the same way as the plastic on the fire with my back and my head stretching and disintergrating. I had started to panic by this time and can just recall feeling desperate to get back to the voice of one of my friends who had called my name(at least it sounded like a name is used to be known by) but I continued to fall forever forward, disintergrating at the same time. I was aware of music in the background, similar to that you would imagine hearing on a merry go round - and there were definitely children laughing at me - I definitely wanted out at this point but by this time it was too late - I was made of plastic and gone from anything I might have ever known. I remember spending the whole time wondering what would happen nexy when I disintergrated - where would I go and what did I used to me made of?
As I came to - after what felt like a lifetime (5 minutes) - I was covered in sweat and could barely walk for some time. I can imagine some people would find Salvia an amazing experience - in all honesty, I underestimated it and coming down was a huge relief. I needed the comfort of my friends and physical contact with them but couldn't bare to be touched for some time afterwards!
Four of my friends smoked Salvia that night - on two of them it had absolutely no effect, two reported experiences very similar to mine.
Would I try Salvia again? No, not if you paid me! The fact that it lasts around 5 minutes is no relief when I had lost all sense of self, reality and existence. I find shrooms a far more calming experience!
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