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Salvia Divinorum: The Divine Sheperdess

Salvia divinorum is a plant used for its psychoactive effects. Given the right dose, individual, set and setting, it produces a unique state of  'divine inebriation' which has been traditionally used by Mazatec healers. This inebriation is quite different from that of alcohol. S. divinorum is both similar to, and different from, other drugs that affect the brain and behavior. In many ways Salvia divinorum is a unique 'magical' herb. Salvia (and the salvinorin it contains) is very difficult to categorize pharmacologically. It does not fit well into any existing pharmacological class. Louis Lewin, the father of psychopharmacology called vision inducing drugs 'phantastica'. Let us dust off this venerable term and recycle it by calling Salvia divinorum a 'phantasticant'. - From the Salvia FAQ

"Salvia divinorum , whose smoked leaves (one leaf--it's extremely active) have the capacity to transform you, in a subjective yet oh-so-convincing fashion, completely obliterating your identity in such a way that you suddenly and unquestionably become , for example, a piece of furniture in a '50s science-fiction film or an unwitting passenger of a giant's foot." - Richard Gehr

Salvinorin: The Psychedelic Essence of Salvia divinorum
from D.M.Turner
Those using salvinorin A find it frequently induces experiences of an intensity level which is an order of magnitude beyond those experienced with any other psychedelic, even DMT. The dimensions visited under the influence of salvinorin A are described as extremely bizarre and varied, with several aspects not common to other psychedelic experiences.

Sage Wisdom: Salvia divinorum Branches Out
By Robert Campbell
"I closed my eyes and lost all sense of my physical self. I roared through a void. I was surrounded by a space of myriad expanse, yet there was nothing there. I was exploding in all directions at once, expanding, twisting outward, yet there was nothing through which to be moving. I flew, I floated, I flourished. The dark matter sang with energy. Just as the abyss about me had a form, so its silence was an ecstatic polyphony. My senses rang with delight."

What happens to People When They Smoke Salvia divinorum?
from Sage Wisdom
A collection of experiences...

Frequently Asked Questions about Salvia divinorum
From Sage Wisdom
At the time of this writing, Salvia divinorum is a completely legal herb throughout the entire world. However, since many conciousness-altering herbs have been pronounced illegal by various governments in the past, it is certailnly possible that a similar fate may be in store for this herb in the future."

Salvia divinorum and Salvinorum A: new pharmacologic findings
By Daniel Siebert
Certain themes are common to many of the visions and sensations described. The following is a listing of some of the more common themes:
(1) Becoming objects (yellow plaid French fries, fresh paint, a drawer, a pant leg, a Ferris wheel, etc.).
(2) Visions of various two dimensional surfaces, films and membranes.
(3) Revisiting places from the past, especially childhood.
(4) Loss of the body and/or identity.
(5) Various sensations of motion, or being pulled or twisted by forces of some kind.
(6) Uncontrollable hysterical laughter.
(7) Overlapping realities. The perception that one is in several locations at once."

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