Written by Algoth’s Grove
“Come to me, come with your entire being and I will show you the clearest waters of your soul… disrespect me and I will turn those waters into a quagmire that you will never forget.”
Welcome to the second part of Journeying with Psychoactive Plant Medicine II. If you have not read our first blog then please visit it here: Journeying with Psychoactive Plant Medicine Part I.
Salvia Divinorum or Diviner’s Sage is in fact part of the Lamiaceae family, better known as the Mints. It is interesting to note that her name Salvia Divinorum actually means ‘Salvia of the ghosts’ the name should have been Salvia Divinatorum meaning Salvia of the priests. Her psychoactive properties are experienced by chewing the raw leaves for at least half an hour (this is the way of the Maztec Shamans and also the preferred way that the Salvia Spirit is to be respected.), by smoking the concentrated extract, or by using it in a tea. On a shamanic level it is not advised to smoke her, and is disrespectful, however it must be said that many have smoked her and survived the visions, returning half unscathed.
Salvia, like Ayahuasca, is a teacher plant. A teacher plant that really is not gentle on her visions or in her manner of teaching. Hallucinations vary from person to person, but are never without extreme experiences. It is also advisable to have one sober person with you to look after you if you are intending to experience her universe. It is interesting to note that she hardly produces viable seeds and she reproduces vegetatively from fresh cuttings. The length of her visionary experiences last up to 40 minutes but this is dependent on the manner in which you ingest her. She is not gentle. There is no nice way of mentioning the warning label that comes with using her as a fun high. Always approach her in a ritualistic manner and ensure that someone is with you.
Salvia Divinorum is an exceptional healer though, physically, mentally and spiritually. She has a fast approach to working through matters of the soul and even though it seems as a rough approach, she acts as an older sister who really does know the inner workings of your soul and who will guide you on the path you are meant to go onto.
Everyone has heard of magic mushrooms once or more in their lifetime, not everyone has experienced his hallucinatory effects. Brother Psilocybin is a commonly used at trance parties and is a big part of the hippie culture. Sadly, the ritualistic and spiritual adventures of magic mushrooms have been taken over by cool experiences with great visual effects. Psilocybin is found in the following genera: Copelandia, Gymnopilus, Inocybe, Mycena, Pholiotina, Pluteus and Psilocybe.
Effects are long lasting and visuals vary from person to person. The effects on individuals affected by depression are phenomenal and many psychiatrists have scripted micro-dosing to heal a depressed individual and lift their perceptions to a lighter view of the world. Effects make some people’s legs into jelly and hallucinations are varied from intense to mild. Brother Psilocybin is a kind hearted soul. There is no chance of overdose, harmingyourself or being hurt. Psilocybin is one of the friendliest plant experiencesone can have. Ensure though that you are surrounded by people you trust completely. One of the best experts on utilising psilocybin has always been TerenceMckenna. His work on psychoactive plants is incredible. A documentary that needs to be watched by everyone is the DMT: The Spirit Molecule.
Find it on YouTube here: DMT: The Spirit Molecule