The one thing that I always enjoy at parties is the new connections you can make with people you might never have talked to under everyday circumstances. I went to a good friends birthday party tonight and I had an awesome time. Good people, good conversation, good vibe. I felt like a stranger when I arrived but a friend when I left. I told a couple of them about this site so I hope they’ll post a comment or two.
I talked about the Green Party today with an interesting gentlemen. He felt that I should take a look at what the green party had to offer the political spectrum, so I intend to do this over the next couple of weeks. I talked with some others about video games, drugs and that good feeling you get when you seem to attain oneness while working, or playing, or building. I talked about Salvia divinorum which is supposed to be an incredibly powerful pyschodelic which is apparently quite legal in Canada and the US.
Depending on dosage, the Salvia experience can vary from a subtle, just-off-baseline state to a full-blown psychedelic experience. At higher doses users report dramatic time distortion, vivid imagery, encounters with beings, travel to other places, planets or times, living years as the paint on a wall or experiencing the full life of another individual. Needless to say these can be extremely powerful experiences and should only be attempted with a sitter. While most people remain unmoving during the experience, some individuals will attempt to get up and walk around while in a completely dissociated state.
While sub-threshold effects are somewhat innocuous–leading some people to be cavalier in subsequent experiences–once full effects are achieved, many people find S. divinorum to be unpleasantly overwhelming and more scary than fun. As has been found with pharmaceutical kappa-opioid agonists, salvia is aversive for many who try it.
It sounds like an interesting experience, but I’m worried about the contraindictions:
Individuals currently in the midst of emotional or psychological upheaval in their everyday lives should be careful about choosing to use psychoactives such as SAlvia as they could possibly trigger even more difficulty.
Individuals with a family history of schizophrenia or early onset mental illness should be extremely careful because strong psychoactives have been known to trigger latent psychological and mental problems.
Although I’ve never been diagnosed with any mental disorder, I can’t help but feel my perception of reality is different than others. I often feel a bit crazy watching my life unfold before me – it drives me to distraction. I hope others don’t see me as crazy either.
Anyays, It’s another late night. I’m going to slink into bed and try and get 8 hours of sleep, although that would have me waking up 2pm… Not a very productive time to arise, but such is life.