I have to say my first experiences were not as dramatic as yours were. I
had to try a few times before I got my first ‘breakthrough’. A few people
have written to me saying that they were not getting anything at first and for
these ‘hardheads’ I recommend the enhanced extracts, but I have never
tried them myself. I think that there is more risk with the enhanced extracts,
they may be good to use as a ‘battering ram’ for people finding it hard to
breakthrough, but, apart from this, untreated leaf probably has a better
Dale Pendell has written about this well in his book ‘Pharmakopoeia’.
In writing about the extraction of pure Salvinorin he talks about ‘The
Crystal Highway’, this will apply just as much to enhanced extracts. He
"…all of this raises some questions. Why do it? On the "Crystal
Highway" the ally often shows a more precipitous, and more terrifying,
face than she does on the Path [of leaves] or on the Bridge [of smoke]. Many
who meet the ally on the Crystal Highway never wish to repeat the experience.
The ally is always fast, but on the Crystal Highway she is superluminal. And
controlling dosage […]
requires some skill. The raw leaf seems so exquisitely balanced already."
So, I would recommend maybe keeping your enhanced leaf until your are
feeling much more experienced, confident and curious. But I am glad you have
not given up completely with Salvia. The plant is always deserving of respect.
It is not really a thing that can be used recreationally, just for fun, but
despite that, I would hope that Salvia could show you a more gentle and
balanced side to her nature.
Salvia is capable of a great many different varieties and types of
experience. - Not just from individual to individual but also within the same
person at different times, which is another reason why it is a bit of a shame
if (and when) some people do get put off after a few bad experiences.
Salvia is not for everyone of course, and each person does have to think
carefully about what it has to offer, but it would be unfortunate if, for
example, you were put off before you got a chance to try chewing the leaf.
I think chewing is the best method of all, but I would also say it is
probably worth trying again smoking the untreated leaf while you are
waiting for your plant to grow.
Anyway, the account of your experience was very interesting. I have many
things to do since coming back from holiday but I will copy it up to the
web-site as soon as I get some time.
I look forward to hearing more from you in the future.