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Salvia Divinorum: A First Trip Podcast (Part One)

Salvia Divinorum, a legal hallucinogen available at a number of head shops in the United States, is the subject of a great deal of speculation. I’ve read a lot of material boosting it as a “meditative aid,” but have also encountered parent groups telling readers of teenagers who’ve done all sorts of crazy things (climbing out of a car window and such) while on the drug. Responses to a diary entry expressed a variety of attitudes toward the drug, running from supportive to questioning to hostile.

Given all the contradictory information and attitudes out there, I decided to try the herb for myself. That’s just what I did last night, and I recorded the proceedings to share with you.

Click here for part one of the salvia divinorum podcast, in which I talk about conflicting salvia information, explain why I’m trying it myself, disclose how I got the herb and needed accessories, and discuss safe herbal exploration technique.

Part one of the salvia divinorum podcast lasts about 15 minutes, and runs to about 2M in file size.

Part two of the salvia divinorum podcast will contain audio of the actual trip, lasts about 50 minutes, and will be up later this morning right here at Irregular Times.

13 comments to Salvia Divinorum: A First Trip Podcast (Part One)

  • Iroquois Honky

    Holy Public Disclosure! Jim, I sure hope you didn’t inhale or anything like that.

    Reminds me of when arch-conservative William F. Buckley Jr. decided to try marijauna, and went out on a boat beyond the 300-mile limit where it was presumably legal. For those who did not have Republican friends with yachts, trying marijuana was still illegal. You will still not find many people who will publicly admit to trying it.

  • Jim

    Now, why would you hope that?

    Did I inhale? If so, how many times, and to what effect? Well, you’ll have to listen to this afternoon’s part two to find out.

  • Alan

    Now that you have seen God, just like Jerry Garcia, I would invite you to church with me the next time you are in town.

  • Jim

    Oh, so you haven’t listened to the podcast, then. Good to know.

  • Alan

    Sorry, no audio capability here, just lots of imagination, but what other motive for partaking of a magic hallucinogen? Escapism? Personal problems? Social maladjustment? Rebellion against authority? Kicks? A Casteneda-type spiritual search is the most socially acceptable motive I can think of. But I guess you can put anything you want on your CV.

  • Jim

    Oh, ok. As long as it’s acceptable to you, then it’s alright.

    How about curiosity? Or reading the text of this post?

  • Alan

    Acceptable to me? I didn’t say it was, but I am deeply touched, awed, and humbled that you, for once, would be so solicitous about my opinion. As far as the text of the piece, I can’t read your mind, yet, so I can’t speak to your motives, but it occurs to me if you wanted to jump out of a car window you could probably do that without being impaired, although it would help.

  • Ernie Rundquist

    Hi, my name’s Ernie Rundquist and I keep my drugs in the kitchen in a jar on the shelf with OREGANO written on it. then if they come in without a warrant, if you know what i meen, they think its oregano. Ha, ha. I think its’ really groovy to have Liberals get high on blogs. You shouldn’t worry about cromazome damage becasue i know people with kids like that and they love the little kids just the same as if they could walk and feed themselves and stuff, if you know what i meen. But that Paraquat weedkiller chemikal thing was really bad a few years back and they just picked that stuff in Mexico and sold it anyhow and some people i know got a cancer from it and died. I was going to ask you something else but i forgot. but seriously Jim, I think you should do a lot more trips becasue look what Timothy Leary did, at least 500 trips, and everyone thought he was dead, but he was only burned out, so he was just fine, if you knowwhat I meen. I bet you have a good time with all those charts and graphs drawing circles and arrows its more fun to do that when your high so you make the lines look pretty. I was going to mention something else but I forgot. I think I might be a Liberal too but they don’t have any of that salvia stuff hear they only have the mortuary embalming tubes and they put PCP in the tubes so it mixes and smoke it like that, then they do paintball and shoot plastic pellets. theres no ekstasy any more because those guys all got crazy and went to jail if you know what i meen. I think its way cool to be a Liberal. Curiosity is good. I like curiosity. Their was a reason for it but I forgot.

    Ernest B. Rundquist

  • Alan

    Obviously this whole salvia thing bothers me for some reason, so I’ll try to verbalize it without being snarky.

    1)I don’t see recreational drugs as a political issue or a liberal issue, yet this is presented on a blog politically identified as liberal/progressive. At this point in my life, I would probably rather be associated with Republicans than with recreational drugs. (Someone take my temperature, quick.) Is this what is known as “alienating the base”?

    2)A huge amount of pain in this world is caused by abuse of legal and non-legal substances. I sell a fair number of self-help books, and some for recovering alcoholics and users, but the ones that sell the fastest are the ones for people trying to find relief from someone else’s substance problem–authors like Beattie or topics like adult children of alcoholics. Clearly, if you’re single and using something behind closed doors, you’re only hurting yourself, but what happens when you have a family depending on you–financially and emotionally?

    3) The discussion of “safe herbal exploration technique” could be construed to be encouraging other people to try the drug.

    Curiosity? Three curious people who probably thought they knew all about “safe herbal exploration technique”: Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Lenny Bruce.

    In all fairness, most people with a problem have little insight into how they look to other people. It is to your credit, Jim, that you did record the experience and try to evaluate how you appeared.

    When I was in Ethiopia a few years ago, I passed up the chance to try ghat, but never thought twice about it as a missed opportunity or anything. The text doesn’t say, after reflecting on the experience, if you were glad you did it, or if you would do something differently.

  • DarkDancer

    Salvia is not recreational.

    Salvia is non-addictive.

  • UNKNown 915

    Salvia is simply this KIDS, A Roller Coaster of Life.
    Yes a quick reality check that instills morals in you
    by scaring the shit out of you with a quick preview of the Essence of Life. Laugh all you want.

  • James Arthur

    Hello,
    Just came across your site. I’ve recently published a book on salvia, that I thought you might find interesting. Here’s the Amazon link:

    http://www.amazon.com/Peopled-Darkness-Perceptual-Transformation-divinorum/dp/0595455832/ref=sr_1_1/103-4501559-3997434?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1208470397&sr=1-1

    Hope it might be of some use.

    Regards,
    James Arthur

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