What I mean when I say a fairly large pipe-bowl is like a normal (old man's)
tobacco pipe. This is large compared to what most people use for marihuana
smoking these days, but in practice, I am only talking about a bowl which is say
2cm diameter and say 2cm deep.
Crushing the dried leaf and packing it into the bowl, anywhere between
two thirds and completely filling the pipe will be enough leaf for smoking.
Obviously it pays to take as many steps as possible to ensure a good effect,
but even so, I still find it an extraordinarily variable
thing. I think a lot of people do. I still get occasions where nothing much
seems to happen. With that said, here is some further detail about my experience of using a water
One of the things I had to particularly get used to was taking deep
inhalations. I find the smoke rather hot. Still, with practice, usually by
breathing in real slow and deep, taking a tiny breath of clear air through the
side of my mouth if it gets too hot, I have found that the strongest effects
come if you can do it in a few big inhalations. A lot of the advice that
you'll read says that it's ideal to do it in one inhalation if you can, but in
practice and more realistically it's likely you'll do it in about three.
I use Cook’s extra-long matches to light the pipe. I find that the
match can then be kept going. It ensures against the leaf going out, which can
happen, particularly if you feel you need to slow or stop your inhalation. Also
the match flame adds to the over all heat, which probably improves vaporisation
(even if it doesn't make the smoke any cooler).
I use a water pipe that has quite a length of tube on it. Because of the length
of pipe, when initially smoking, I take a short puff (or puffs), until the first
smoke comes through, then a big exhale before starting a big inhale. This may be
the expense of having to re-light the leaf, but it means that the main
inhalation does not start with mostly clear air.
Also (again because of the length of the pipe) I find, once I have fully
inhaled and held my breath, letting just a little air from my lungs then
breathing in again (topping up) from the pipe after it's gone out delivers just
a little bit extra
Remember, deep inhalations.
Also, if you have just got through a pipe-bowl of leaf and did not really get any
appreciable effect, it's best not to simply fill another bowl and try again
straight away. Salvia's relatively short-lived effect suggests that
the brain can quite quickly compensate for its presence. The idea behind
deep inhalation is to take Salvia on board faster that the brain can adjust to
it. So, if you have just had a fairly unsuccessful attempt, even though
you may not have crossed an experiential threshold, you probably still have
salvinorin in your system. It's best to give yourself 30-40 minutes for
this to clear before trying again.
And try to be clear from the influence of any other substances. I'm
thinking particularly of the effect of alcohol, which could interfere, even
marijuana, which may not help.
see also Am I a Salvia