We tried Salvia divinorum in 2008

We tried Salvia divinorum in 2008

Recently, we came across Infographic Based on a 2019 study called Awareness and perception Conducted by Tagliazzocchi And his colleagues. The study aimed to determine which psychedelic drug most closely resembles a near-death experience (NDE). They analyzed more than 15,000 reports of experiences involving 165 psychoactive substances and compared them with 625 descriptions of near-death experiences. Algorithms were used to identify similarities in topics mentioned by both groups.

The results indicated that although psychedelic substances such as mushrooms and LSD showed similarities to near-death experiences, they did not rank first. instead of, Ketamine It was found to be the closest similarity, followed by plants Divine wise.

How does this relate to Richmond? Well in 2008, concerns arose about The safety of salvia led to legislation in Virginia banning its sale statewide. Before that, sage could be purchased at most convenience stores and department stores. Our staff experimented with salvia before the ban and asked for readers' opinions. We have issued a call for volunteers on MySpace and published an article on RVA Magazine Volume 4 Issue 2 in May 2008 but never went online because that was before our website was fully operational.

Additionally, as we were digging, we discovered that we had videotaped the experience, but never published it. Here's an edited version of that video, which was filmed in our office at the time on Allen Street in The Fan neighborhood. We thought it would be fun to look back on that time.

Disclaimer: No one was harmed in the making of this article and/or video, and we do not condone illegal drug use in any way. This experiment was conducted legally, at the time, and with the consent of all participants.

Salvia divinorum: Experiences with the Sage God

Originally printed in RVA Magazine Volume 4 Issue 2 May 2008
Written by Al Harris

For countless centuries, Mazatec priests in the Oaxaca region of Mexico have used a rare species of the mint family as a key to open what Aldous Huxley called “the doors of perception.” Salvia divinorum is perhaps the most powerful hallucinogen known in the natural world. Smoking a small amount can lead to visionary states, ego blurring, overlapping realities, distortion of time and space, and encounters with entities from other dimensions.

Until recently, salvia was legal in most states and could be easily obtained online or at local head stores. Virginia has now joined the growing list of states that have salvia regulations on the books.

Starting July 1, a law passed by the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Tim Kaine will go into effect that makes sage a Schedule I drug, meaning possession or sale of divine sage will be a crime. Mr. Dr. Note: It has passed and you can read it here.

Delegate John O'Bannon, R-Henrico, introduced the legislation at the request of “law enforcement officials.” He believes sage is a dangerous drug and considers the bill one of his health care priorities.

“I respect individual liberties and the tension between individual liberties and the public interest. I think what's happening is this has become a drug that can be abused,” O'Bannon said.

Salvia's effects typically last between five and 15 minutes and produce very little or no after-effects. O'Bannon, who has never used the drug, says the effects are similar to those of LSD, but the salvia researcher Daniel Siebert That comparison isn't really fair, says the Malibu, California native.

“It's like saying a Fellini film is like a Francis Coppola film; they're two films, but they're clearly different kinds of films,” Seibert said.

Siebert established the Salvia divinorum research center As an educational resource for people to learn about the plant. In his opinion, salvia should have some regulations, such as restrictions for minors, but he says a total ban on salvia is a “crime against nature.”

“When used responsibly in appropriate doses, for therapeutic reasons, in the appropriate setting, there is no evidence that it is harmful in any way,” Seibert says.

Delaware banned salvia several years ago after the suicide of teenager Brett Chidester, whose parents claimed that the intense experience caused by their son's use of saliva contributed to his death. She said in news reports that the description of his intense journey in his memoirs led her to conclude that the medication had broken down his fragile mental state.

Siebert says he has witnessed the full range of emotional responses to saliva over 20 years of research, from irritation to relaxation, but he has never witnessed suicidal tendencies.

“I would say that anyone who has any kind of history of mental abnormalities or mental illness probably shouldn't take sage or any other psychedelic,” Seibert said.

So, does sage pose a serious public danger or is it a harmless plant that provides a fleeting diversion from reality?

We're asking several first-time Salvia Shaman Scouts to share their experiences with so-called “shepherds” and their opinions on the new state law.

John
Age 24

Effects: Feeling heavy, sweating, light laughter, relaxation, warmth, distortion of the field of vision, slow verbal response, separation of the ego from the physical self, and spatial distortions.

“My viewing angles are all going well, but that's about it.”

The second dose is administered 8:53 after the initial dose

“For a minute there, I felt like I, or everything that made up me, had moved back, and I could still see through my eyes but everything was so far away and it was kind of bent. It kept feeling that way but my field of vision came back.”

What was your emotional state during your salvia experience?
“I felt very clear, very clear, 'I shouldn't have done this.' It wasn't a feeling of fear or anything like that, it was more like I was sweating and I shouldn't have done this.”

How did the actual experience compare with your expectations?
“It was kind of frustrating because I heard a lot of people saying crazy things, that they were in their beds seeing spirits from the outside, and that wasn't the case.”

Would you try salvia again?
“Yes, maybe. I don't feel the need to buy some sage, which is what this weekend will be like.”

Do you think salvia should be banned, regulated, or left legal?
“Legal left. I don't think this is the kind of thing kids would say, “Let's go smoke sage!”

Total duration: 16:30 minutes

Caitlin
The age is 20

Effects: Laughing, fidgeting, and tingling sensation

“I felt a little tingly, my hand was moving, and I felt funny, but it wasn't crazy at all.”

The second dose is administered 5:00 after the initial dose.

“I couldn't stop staring at the spot there. Maybe it was getting kind of bigger, but I couldn't tell.”

What was your emotional state during your salvia experience?
“I felt good.”

How did the actual experience compare with your expectations?
“I think I heard more than it actually is.”

Would you try salvia again?
“Yes, I think so.”

Do you think salvia should be banned, regulated, or left legal?
“It will regulate itself. I think making this illegal won't stop people from trying it.”

Total duration: 10:00 minutes

Tyler
Age 25

EffectsWarmth, physical self-distortions, laughter, external dialogue, heavy feeling, perception of moving lines, physical manifestations of music

“I feel like my head is moving to the side, and it's like my jaw is coming out now.”

The second dose is administered 4:00 after the initial dose

“I was looking at this area a lot, and for a while I could see the lines defining the whole wardrobe, the weight, the fan, and it was moving like that, sideways.”

What was your emotional state during your salvia experience?
“I felt good for a while.”

How did the actual experience compare with your expectations?
“The stories weren't as crazy as the ones I'd heard, I'd heard people say they'd traveled through time and stuff like that. They probably smoked more than me.”

Would you try salvia again?
“Yes, in the future.”

Do you think salvia should be banned, regulated, or left legal?
“I don't think 15-year-olds should do that. The thing now is I'm getting off, with weed you're high for longer, so you get off easier. In the privacy of your own home, I think it would be quite cool, I wouldn't run a vehicle on it. I'm not surprised that “They're going to make it illegal, they don't want people to have fun.”

Total duration: 14:00 minutes

Lura
Age 24

EffectsWarmth, heavy feeling, physical distortions, self-absorption

“I feel like my feet aren't connected, like there's a big gap between my feet and my knees. I feel like I'm more involved in it, I feel like I'm really inside myself, physically and mentally.”

What was your emotional state during your salvia experience?
“I'm like 'What the hell?' “”

How did the actual experience compare with your expectations?
“I don't know what I expected.”

Would you try salvia again?
“Yes, in the right position or setting, then again maybe not. Not because it feels bad, but it's intense.”

Do you think salvia should be banned, regulated, or left legal?
“I don't think it should be banned, maybe it would be regulated like everything is regulated. I couldn't see myself smoking and going to work or something.

Total duration: 9:00 minutes

Researchers R. Anthony Harris and Al Harris
Footage by Ben Murray

    (Tags for translation) Salvia Experiment 2008 

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