Dose: Two bong hits of pure salvia leaf. This is my husband's trip report. First time experiencing Salvia. He asked me to post this for him since he is not a member of these forums. Salvia Trip 5/15/04 I took two bong hits, one right after the other. Even after the first hit I could feel a pounding in my head and the sense that something quite odd was happening. I quickly took the second hit and handed the bong to Kaitlyn. After that everything went dark. I don’t remember lying down on the couch. (Kaitlyn afterward told me that as I lay on the couch I began saying "oh my god!" over and over again…thinking back on it I seem to have a vague memory of saying that a couple times, though I have no recollection of why…). The next thing I knew I was in a very dark place. I had no sense of who or what or where I was, just this sense that I had existed forever in this space time continuum, with no thought processes whatsoever. I was simply a part of the overall Life essence that exists in the universe. While in this state I was vaguely aware of being in a dark void with a distant light off to the left of me. The light represented the furthest reaches of the universe, and I was the vast expanse and had always been. I began to hear a voice, and I sensed that a large female motherly presence was looming over me from a mile up in the sky. I was now lying down looking up at the night sky and seeing stars. I seemed to be lying in front of the family home in Pacheco and feeling very young, almost an infant. Images long forgotten from my childhood were flashing through my mind. I felt as though we had just returned from a carnival or local fair and were about to go inside. I felt very very small, and could not move or speak. Perhaps I was an infant lying in a baby carriage? I began to be aware of the image of a vast blanket of parachute material flowing over the night sky in a wave-like motion. The blanket filled up half the sky and was red on the outside and dark as night on the inside. The blanket kept rolling over the sky in wave after wave, and I felt that it was rolling over me and wrapping me up into a cocoon. The huge motherly presence above me was speaking to me in reassuring tones, and I began to feel that the waves rolling across the sky were her arms folding over me into a loving, secure embrace. The oddest part of this was that in addition to hearing the voice of the motherly presence I was hearing other female voices repeating the words "doublemint, doublemint, doublemint gum" over and over again with each successive wave of the parachute material. It was at this point that I slowly began to remember who I was, and that I was now existing in a dimension completely removed from my waking life. When I remembered that there was an earthly life form named Dan living in 2004 I became acutely concerned. I wondered where I was now, what this place was and where was my physical body? I tried to move and found I still couldn’t move my limbs. I became frightened and began to worry that something really horrible must have happened to me to put me in this other dimension. There was no recollection of having taken Salvia. Had I gotten into a horrible accident and was lying in a hospital bed somewhere, skimming across the boundary between life and death? This thought really freaked me out and I thought that if I was going to live I had to fight this sensation and try to move, and hopefully wake up. I wondered if I was in a coma. It seemed I had been here for an eternity. The more I tried to struggle the motherly voice kept trying to speak to me in reassuring tones, and suggested that I should stay. The more I struggled to escape, the voice began to take on a hypnotic quality, as though someone were trying to manipulate me or talk down to me. It felt a little condescending and patronizing in the sense that I was being made to feel that I didn’t know what was best for myself, and to just sit still. It was at this point I finally began returning to my physical body. I saw in a very shadowy periphery our big cat Romeo pass by the couch and Kaitlyn calling to him. I struggled to move my leg and Kaitlyn told me to lie back down. Her voice sounded like the motherly presence and I felt as though she knew something I didn’t, and that I still must have been involved in something serious to be so incapacitated. I had the dreadful sense that I had done something wrong, that it was my fault I had gotten into an accident and that I had caused great concern to Kaitlyn and my mom and dad. I felt so bad. Suddenly though, now that I could see the living room again I remembered who and where I was, but my body was tingling like crazy, my hands and feet were sweating, though I didn’t necessarily feel hot, just very electric. As I tried to move my leg I remember Kaitlyn coming over and urging me to lie back down. I resisted because I was afraid of going back to that place, which might be death, but since I still couldn’t move very well I obeyed. I momentarily slipped back into that other place and saw the waved rolling over me again. This time they rolled in a quick successive shuttering motion, like the spokes of a wagon wheel in the movies, the waves appearing as multiple superimposed images flashing in slow motion and hearing the "doublemint" voices again. It became very dark again and this time I was once again experiencing a memory from early childhood of lying inside a camping tent at night and seeing a lantern hanging from the ceiling. I sensed my dad and grandfather sitting there playing cards. Then the rolling shuttering waves returned, accompanied by the ‘doublemint" voices and I struggled once more to return to normal consciousness. The fear and sense of dread that I might not be able to return was most unpleasant and I struggled hard to come back. Then I was back on the couch and looking at Kaitlyn sitting in the chair across from me. I felt my entire body humming with electricity and my vision was a little blotchy, like coming out of a serious head rush. At this point I was able to sit up and began conversing normally with Kaitlyn. The paralyzing effect of the trip was now receding rapidly and I was able to begin relating to her what had happened to me. I was pretty disturbed by the intensity of what I had just experienced and was glad it was finally over. Despite this my body was left with a rather pleasant tingling and my mind with a peacefulness. I was excited and tried to tell her in detail what had happened. It was very hard to articulate so I tried over and over and after what seemed to me only a minute or two she said I had been explaining it to her for almost an hour and I had told at least 5 different versions of what had happened. I still felt as though I wasn’t explaining it adequately and felt an overwhelming sense of urgency to explain it all again. Although parts of it frightened me terribly I felt that something extremely important had happened, however I wasn’t sure what it was or if I had learned what I was supposed to have gotten out of this. In other trip reports I read the people mentioned feeling relaxed and rejuvenated afterwards. Instead I felt completely drained, and my body racked. My lower back was aching and I felt as though I’d been involved in a long struggle. I would not compare this experience to hallucinogens. I’ve had numerous LSD and mushroom trips, and though in many of them I had also experienced feelings of anxiety I had never been so incapacitated as to forget the fact that I was on drugs. I would instead compare it to being whacked on nitrous oxide at the dentist, or knocked out on sodium pentothal when I had my wisdom teeth removed. No sickening feeling of medication afterward though, just the feeling that I had been knocked unconscious. Coming out of it reminded me of the time once when I was a teenager smoking pot and then deliberately hyperventilating and passing out. That time I experienced some cartoon-like dream state with a massive headrush as I came out of it. It was fun back then, but this time was scary.