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Salvia divinorum is an extremely mysterious, magical and quite rare plant that is a member of the sage genus. It is a cultigen - meaning it is not known to exist outside of cultivation; originally only grown by Mazatec Indians of the most remote regions of Oaxaca Mexico. Its leaves contain a hallucinogenic compound unlike any other. Its properties are more rightly classified as oneirogenic (dream-inducing), as it induces an involuntary state similar to REM sleep.
Salvia divinorum has been known by many different names such as Diviners Sage, Diviner's Mint, Magic Mint, Mexican Mint, Ska Maria Pastora, Hierba Maria, Yerba de Marķa, ("Herb of Marķa"), Sierra Mazateca, hojas de la Pastora ("leaves of the Sheperdess"), Hierba de la Virgen ("Herb of the Virgin") La Hembra, Sage Wisdom, Teacher plant, and most commonly, simply "Salvia."
"Unlike most plants, which have relatively round stems, the stems of Salvia divinorum are square. Also, unlike most plants, the stems of Salvia divinorum are hollow in the center. A freshly made cutting, therefore, when viewed on end, shows the ageless mystery symbol of the circle within a square. The circle inscribed in a square is an ancient Cabalist symbol for the spark of divinity residing within the material. A circle has long represented the divine and everlasting, while the square has symbolized the terrestrial and finite."
R. Gordon Wasson, the famed ethnobotanist who introduced psilocybe mushrooms to western society, is also credited with having collected the first herbarium sample of Salvia divinorum in 1962 during his travels in Mexico. Almost all hallucinogens contain nitrogen and are classified as alkaloids. Salvia divinorum is one exception; it seems to contain the first discovered diterpene hallucinogen. The primary active ingredient of Salvia divinorum has been identified as the Psychotropic Terpenoid Salvinorin A (C23H28O8), originally called divinorin A - the most potent naturally-occurring psychedelic ever discovered, being active in doses as small as 100-200 micrograms.
Daniel J. Siebert was the first person to bioassay the human pharmacology of refined salvinorin A. 2.6 mg of unidentified impure crystalline fraction of Salvia divinorum was used. (Later the material was analyzed and was shown to be approximately 70-80% salvinorin A.) This still represents the largest dose anyone has taken. Its effect was described as way "tooooooooo strong", "Tearing apart the fabric of reality."
Salvia leaves are also dried and smoked or made into a "quid" for oral, sublingual administration. "X extracts" are sometimes used, as are tinctures of refined, dissolved plant material. The effects from smoking peak much more quickly and are completely over within 15 minutes, while the quid produces a 1-2 hour effect that is considered to be more subtle.
One of the most striking features of a breakthrough Salvia experience is the distortion of linear time. Sometimes, it seems as if one simply escapes linear time altogether and finds that all temporal coordinates are randomly accessible instantaneously.
"Salvia divinorum is an extraordinary herb used in shamanism, divination, healing, meditation, and the exploration of consciousness.
It should always be used in a thoughtful, intelligent manner, and only by responsible adults that are of sound mind and clear intent."
S-A-L-V-I-A Experiential Rating Scale
Level 1 - "S" stands for SUBTLE effects. A feeling that "something" is happening, although it is difficulty to say just what. Relaxation and increased sensual appreciation may be noted. This mild level is useful for meditation and may facilitate sexual pleasure.
Level 2 - "A" stands for ALTERED perception. Colors and textures are more pronounced. Appreciation of music may be enhanced. Space may appear of greater or lesser depth than is usual. But visions do not occur at this level. Thinking becomes less logical, and more playful; short-term memory difficulties may be noted.
Level 3 - "L" stands for LIGHT visionary state. Closed-eye visuals (clear imagery with eyes closed: fractal patterns, vine-like and geometric patterns, visions of objects and designs). The imagery is often two dimensional. If open-eyed visual effects occur, these are usually vague and fleeting. At this level, phenomena similar to the hypnagogic phenomena that some people experience at sleep onset occur. At this level, visions are experienced as "eye candy" but are not confused with reality.
Level 4 - "V" stands for VIVID visionary state. Complex three-dimensional realistic appearing scenes occur. Sometimes voices may be heard. With eyes open, contact with consensual reality will not be entirely lost, but when you close your eyes you may forget about consensus reality and enter completely into a dreamlike scene. Shamanistic journeying to other lands--foreign or imaginary; encounters with beings (entities, spirits) or travels to other ages may occur. You may even live the life of another person. At this level you have entered the shaman's world. Or if you prefer: you are in "dream time." With eyes closed, you experience fantasies (dream like happenings with a story line to them). So long as your eyes are closed you may believe they are really occurring. This differs from the "eye candy" closed-eye imagery, of level 3.
Level 5 - "I" stands for IMMATERIAL existence. At this level one may no longer be aware of having a body. Consciousness remains and some thought processes are still lucid, but one becomes completely involved in inner experience and looses all contact with consensual reality. Individuality may be lost; one experiences merging with God/dess, mind, universal consciousness, or bizarre fusions with other objects--real or imagined (e.g. experiences such as merging with a wall or piece of furniture). At this level it is impossible to function in consensual reality, but unfortunately some people do not remain still but move around in this befuddled state. For this reason a sitter is essential to ensure the safety of someone voyaging to these deep levels. To the person experiencing this, the phenomenon may be terrifying or exceedingly pleasant; but to an outside observer the individual may appear confused or disoriented.
Level 6 - "A" stands for AMNESIC effects. At this stage, either consciousness is lost, or at least one is unable to later recall what one had experienced. The individual may fall, or remain immobile or thrash around; somnambulistic behavior may occur. Injuries can be sustained without pain being felt; on awakening, the individual will have no recollection of what he/she did, experienced, or said in level 6. People cannot recall what they experience in this very deep trance state. This is not a desirable level, because nothing can latter be recalled of the experience.
Salvia divinorum is not controlled (meaning it is completely legal to buy and sell, if not sold for human consumption, as a food/drug) in all parts of the world except*:
- Australia (Added to Australia's strictest schedule June 1, 2002.)
- Finland (Illegal to import without a relevant doctor's prescription as of August 2002)
- Missouri (St. Peters city passed an ordinance banning sales to minors, 17 or younger Jan 2003.)
- Denmark (Controlled as of August 23, 2003.)
- Italy (Illegal to possess as of July 15, 2004.)
*Laws are always subject to change; this information is offered as a guide only, and its' accuracy is not guaranteed.
The more Salvia is packaged and marketed as a drug, the more likely it is to be treated as an "illegal drug" by the law. The less attention it receives, the more likely it will remain un-scheduled in the future.
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"The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious; it is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science."
- Albert Einstein
"[Salvia divinorum is] a remarkable psychedelic plant - remarkable in that it evaded identification and characterization of its chemical constituents for so long. A plant that is a powerful legal psychedelic, easily prepared and used. One of many examples of the bounty of nature providing means to alter our consciousness regardless of the opinion and values of the culture at large."
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