OTHER LEGAL SHAMAN HERBS|
Calea Zacatechichi, also known as "Dream Herb"
I asked to try some of the other shamanistic herbs that were sold by the same company and they generously sent me some additional herbs that they grow and sell. This herb is supposedly used by the shaman to obtain lucid dreams and is usually consumed in a strong tea, made by allowing a mixture of water and dried leaf to brew in the sun. The shaman drinks the tea and then smokes some of the herb prior to going to sleep.
I made a brew as described by the shaman rituals. It produced a very bitter drink that required some sugar and lemon to make it palatable. I managed to drink a full cup of this tea and then, about an hour before I retired, I smoked a bowl of the herb. It smoked okay and was mild and produced no coughing.
In my dream, my father, who had passed away a year ago, was with me in my room and spoke to me. We had a nice visit until my dog woke me up. I settled back in my bed and for a moment believed that I had actually visited with my Dad - so real was the memory of the dream. For a few minutes I was confused, knowing that he was dead but, at the same time, convinced that the dream was so real and clear in my mind that it seemed to have actually happened. It was not until I remembered taking the herb, and its reputation, that I was able to dismiss the dream as just that.
The effect was pretty amazing. I was surprised that any herb or drug could do this type of thing. It's worth the experience and I will experiment more in a few days.
Sinicuichi, also known as the "Maya Sun Opener"
This is a herb that I have only just started to experience. I made a tea with the herb and also smoked some. The effects, at first, did not seem significant. I felt nothing of the heady experience of the salvia, or even the relaxing sensation of the zacatechichi, but when I was outside on my porch I noticed that my vision was different. It has been stated that artists like Van Gough had "yellow vision" and suffered from an experience similar to having a yellow filter over their eyes. While the yellow tint was not effecting every color in my visual spectrum, it did make the yellows more intense. My dog appeared to have an aura, a glow, around him and I noticed the same phenomenon around plants and trees. It was pretty amazing actually, and amusing.
When I viewed my computer screen I noticed that the flicker, usually absent, was present and quite distracting. The screen saver also looked different. I viewed some images in Photoshop and used the hue control to bring them back to normal. On the scale of blue to yellow, I had to add more blue to make them appear normal to me. Later, these same images looked much too blue when the herb wore off.
I think all of the herbs are strong and "for real" and I will experiment with combining them in a smoke or brew to see if I can arrive at a customized experience.
In general, I still would prefer a good bowl of California Kush... but that's another story for another time.
Now where did I put that pipe?
I just took a huge hit and am just coming down. WOW!!! I cannot believe
this stuff. I was completely removed from reality. It took all my nerves
to put me back to where I am. I never thought this stuff would do this
much. In other words, I am wasted. I had this feeling that I'm in another
world where the TV wouldn't come on. I finally got it on when I figured out
how to do it. I finally figured out that I was in my family room. There
was no way it was easy to figure out. I got to the point where I could
smoke a cig but it took a while. All I have to say is WOW. This is
Been smoking my lady for a few months now, and it seems
lately that I'm more sensitive to her influence than I was
when I started. In fact, I seem to get more sensitive all
the time. After the initial breakthrough and settling-in,
3 hits of 5x got me level 5 pretty much every time. But the
last 3 times I've not been able to get the 3rd hit lit...
I can get it loaded, but by the time I exhale the 2nd hit
I'm Standing Outside already. I've been using the same batch
of 5x for several months, so I know the dosage is equivalent.
I've also noticed in the last month or so that I can very
tangibly feel the effects of 1 hit of straight leaf, when
before I needed 3 or 4 to feel anything.
Not that I'm complaining! I don't mind being a cheap date
at all. I was just wondering if any of the other smokers
out there had experiences similar.
Just had my first couple of salvia trips and it was amazing. Loaded up
a water pipe with a little bit and used a normal lighter. First go a
little, so I loaded up another and I was off. This was off just basic
leaf as well. I felt like I didn't exist anymore and the music I had
on, had substance to it and pulsed through my body. How anyone can say
they don't get any effect from sally is beyond me.
I have had quite alot of experience, probably 20 or so trips, and
there is an overwhelming sense of progression with each one, you
become more adept at communicating within HER space. The presence of a
presence [sic] is undeniable. The gender sense is usually female, but I find
I can relate more closely to females than most males anyway. The
connection is immediate intimate and warm. communication is
telepathic, effortless and incredible (who can relate to the
answers-within-the-questions-being-asked type immediate response, each
one accompanied by an obviousness and truth that makes you feel that
the answers were and are always available???).
The presence of a number, a chorus or conchordia of beings, is sometimes present as I am taking
my hits ( I use a water pipe which and alternate between extract and
unenhanced...more on that later). They offer encouragement and spike my
anticipation; I become excited and want to reach that level.
The transition from normality to weird salvia space is as effortless and
transparent as good editing in films... it is like I am totally
comfortable with the idea of there being entities suddenly all around.
I do not see them. In fact I never ever have visual distortion
effects, apart from very mild superficial ones. At first I dispaired [sic]
at this, thinking, "damn I really wanted something like a legal-acid,
what a suck substances..." etc. ...but I came to realize how crude visual
cues would've been at conveying that kind of information. Everything
would've had to have been translated into familiar shapes and forms
with lines, and depth, perception, perspective, etc. ...I thought, "why
the hell would you want to focus the whole huge expanse of the saliva
experience through the narrow lens of vision???"
I realized that the
tactile inner mind's-skin type sensations are much much much richer.
They do however take a fair amount of getting mentally associated
with, as at first it was like learning a new language. I found it
really hard to translate what I had experienced in the trip into
familiar terms when I 'awoke', but now, after much experience, my scope
of familiar [sic] has greatly expanded and I can effortlessly recall the
trips. Specifically the trips seem to have an element of repetition,
like the starting sequence is almost always the same. I am smoking,
being encouraged, then I find myself on the *inside*... I feel like I
have stepped backstage and we are watching the guys who pull the
strings. I have experienced being in someone else's body, and being in
this background spirit space where there are just numerous
personalities, all in on 'it'. The world seems a joke.
At this time, I
may start laughing. If I start laughing, I find it very hard to stop.
My body is made hypersensitive tactile-wise by this drug and the sheer
novelty of feeling the breath burst up your through lungs and larynx
and flap over your lips and the laughter in your throat, itself
perpetuates... sometimes it is funny, sometimes it just feels so good.
If I don't laugh, I go elsewhere. This is where the trips become
individual. I guess it's the point where I begin to take conscious
control, like I've checked into the hotel -- now I'm just looking for a
nice place to have some dinner.
The trips always end with a variable
length conversation with our favorite green maiden ( I can feel her
presence now, even though I haven't smoked for 5 days ). It is usually
here that I can collect and assess all the things I'm feeling. The
simultaneous knowledge that I am lying on my bed, with the lights off,
and yet in the same instant I am not there at all -- I am elsewhere.
is perhaps time to list some of the bizarre sensations I become aware
of at this point, then I will tell you of some of the places I have
gone from this initial intratrip 'awakening.'
If you take a heavy
enough does, you kind of blank... I suspect things become too hard for
your mind to make sense of, or the cosmic aperture is opened so wide,
it's like looking at the sun with dilated pupils. You get a kind of
cognitive flash burn.
I become aware sometimes of an expansion
spatial [sic]. I seem to occupy all the space my mind can imagine. As I
imagine more of it ,my physical tactile sense spreads to fill it.
Either/or, I feel an great movement thrust and acceleration which I
begin to direct because it is so much fun. You have to adapt to the
particular mechanisms of control in this weird salvia dimension. You
can't control the movement by thinking, "okay I'll visualize myself
flying..." because you're not 'flying' it seems, and flying is a poor and
crude analogy which can constrict the experience. I am learning but at
the moment it seems like you allow the energy to flow in a particular
direction and you travel there, (whether energy moves through you, or
you move through it I am unsure). I have felt like I am pushing
through a membrane, and you feel this lovely sensation with your whole
'body' this heady visceral thrust through thick energy.
I have felt
bodiless, or bizarrley [sic] part of something else. and many other things,
which I hat not yet the tools to distinguish and express.
As to where I variously end up on my breakthrough trip... we were
traveling to this great giant secret where all these spirit kids go
for fun. All I remember is a giant rotating multicolored torii ( donuts
but torii sounds cosmic ;) and huge expansive space. At this point
however I was tested and failed. They told me I wouldn't be able to
follow any further (due to the attention resources required) unless
I learnt to direct my concentration and control my 'urges' better. At
this point I felt an abrupt stop, a sudden deceleration. I was back on
my bed with the feeling of a long journey traveled. I sat up and
realized I had an very hard erection. So the entities were right. I
felt quite shamed that I had been kept form this cosmic place because
of my gutter basic instincts (at later various trips though I accepted
I wasn't ready to do that just yet, so once I had got over the guilt
feeling these beings would happily engage whatever dirty things I had
in mind, it felt perfectly natural and good, mindsex with spirit
At other times, I have had little of this intermediate
journeying and just gone straight into a long chat with my friend
salvia. Other times I have felt like the inside was my mind, expanded
to meet other minds amongst the universe, and the entities were
actually the thoughts -- I just perceived them in familiar embodied
terms. Okay, this is a long rant, so I'll finish up with some tips and
a few testimonials - talk show style.
- let yourself go. there comes a point at the start of the trip where
you aware you have a choice - while your brain/mind has been freed by
the chemicals in the plant you can chose either to tune into the
things wanting to commune with you, and hence trip and b merry, or you
can shut it all out, not go with it, and try and stop the movement
sensations etc....the second choice is uncomfortable, although my first
time I chose it reflex style as it was just too new and different,
your mind is still open in that state but your not letting anyone in,
you feel pretty scattered if you try take this option. so advice is
let yourself go and do so completely, and have faith in your guides
and the messages they send you.
- ask questions and take advantage of this wonderful opportunity. when
you think of this experience and feel its truth within the current
context of western society thought you will feel how incredible this
really is, how different and special and totally unrecognized, by the
big, important, powerful doctrines that dominate western thought, such
an experience is: once you breakthrough I don't believe you can deny
the reality that awaits you.
- be prepared to learn things, and be prepared to have FUN. if you
focus on the fun aspect, trust me, salvia, will know what to do. if
you let her, she will set you laughing for half an hour, make you feel
on top of the world if that's what you need. I have needed this and
received such a simple but priceless gift.
- as you gain experience, you realize you don't need as much drug to
get you to that level. you have trained hard and well and now you can
more easily slip into this alternate outlook, your consciousness is
officially, permanently, expanded. well done psychonaut!!!
- my final tip (with extra cheese) is that believe anything is
possible. I awoke the morning after my first trip to see my eyes were
clear opal blue. this was no hallucination as verified by my
house mates. they were like shit are they contacts??? the effect
reversed and they became their normal dark grayblue in another day,
but now I am acutely aware of how they change with my mood, and how
they are an strange measure of internal feelings. prior to my last trip
I had been getting this twitch in my biceps for about two weeks, it was
really pissing me off, I thought my body was trying to tell me
something but I couldn't connect. I asked salvia and I realized the
power was with me all along to stop it myself. it has since not
returned. more miracle testimonials courtesy of our fair green
maiden??? she can set you on the path to knowledge that allows you to
source and tap into energy all around you, not feeling hungry or
particularly tired for days, you feel you should eat, because everyone
around you does, but you do not have the physiological need. also,
for me anyway, all these things carry a great uplifting optimism that
you can make what you want of your life, and you can perceive things
and alter things that common sense would have you not able to. this is
my testimonial...but, by all means, light your own lamp. out!
So that's the "dope" on Salvia Divinorum. If you are curious about this plant then you can find lots of information on the internet. For me, one experience was more than enough for now. I will not be visiting "Sally" for a while. But I am very glad I did and, hey, "I'll be back!"
If you are thinking of paying Sally a visit you had better do it quickly. The U.S. Congress is already planning to outlaw it in America, placing it on the Schedule-1 list of illegal substances.
H. R. 5607
To amend the Controlled Substances Act to place Salvinorin A in Schedule I.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
October 10, 2002
Mr. Baca (for himself and Mrs. Napolitano) introduced the following
bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and
in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be
subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration
of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee
A BILL To amend the Controlled Substances Act to place Salvinorin A in
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the "Hallucinogen Control Act of 2002''.
SEC. 2. ADDITION OF SALVINORIN A TO SCHEDULE I OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ACT.
Schedule I, as set forth in section 202(c) of the Controlled
Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 812(c)) is amended by adding at the end the
(d) Unless specifically exempted or unless listed in another
schedule, any material, compound, mixture, or preparation which
contains any quantity of the following:
(1) salvinorin A.
(2) salvia divinorum.
A personal note: There's a lots of people who experiment with realities outside the norm. I'm obviously one of them. It's not something I suggest for everyone and certainly not for anyone who is young and has yet to experience life. Be responsible in that you do, respect your own mind and that of your neighbor.