divinorum and Sex
Salvia divinorum is a rare species of sage that is native to a remote
region of Oaxaca, Mexico, where it has been used for hundreds of years
in shamanic healing rituals by the Mazatec Indians. When the leaves of
the plant are chewed or smoked, a relatively short-acting psychedelic or
visionary experience generally follows. In large enough doses, salvia
divinorum is one of the most powerful psychedelic substances known,
similar to ayahausca in its effects.
In smaller doses, however, salvia divinorum is said to have aphrodisiac
effects, to increase sensual awareness, and to dramatically enhance
one’s tactile sensitivity during sex.
Although the Mazatec curanderas cautiously suggest that people abstain
from sex for four days prior to using salvia divinorum, the origin of
this advice is unknown. I suspect that this belief may have resulted
from a Catholic influence on the Indians rather than any actual problem
with mixing sex and salvia divinorum.
Most people that I’ve spoken to say that the most effective way to use
salvia divinorum for sex is as a sublingual extract that one holds under
one’s tongue for fifteen minutes. This method ensures that one is
getting precisely the dosage that he or she intends, and it lengthens
the duration of the experience. Smoked salvia divinorum generally lasts
around fifteen minutes, while the sublingual salvia divinorum extracts
last closer to an hour. With regard to dosage, preparations differ in
strength, but one should aim for a “mild” or “moderate” level
Salvia divinorum has been used for hundreds years by the Mazatec
curanderas of Oaxaca and it appears to be quite safe--at least
physiologically--although very little scientific research has actually
been done with it. We know that the primary psychoactive component in
salvia divinorum--salvinorin A--acts as a selective kappa opioid agonist
in the brain. Although salvia divinorum appears to be biochemically safe
from toxicology studies, some people find larger doses to be
psychologically unsettling, or even terrifying, so people are advised to
thoroughly educate themselves about this powerful shamanic plant before
experimenting with it.
It is legal to possess salvia divinorum--as well as its primary
psychoactive component salvinorin A--in most countries, including the
United States--with the exception of Louisiana, Missouri, Tennessee, and
Delaware. Salvia divinorum extracts are available in most head shops and
even some health food stores.
Salvia Divinorum can be ordered through a number of Web sites. Daniel
Siebert’s www.sagewisdom.org is one of the best sources of information
on salvia divinorum and he sells a sublingual extract called “Sage
Goddess Emerald Essence,” that is probably the best salvia product on
the internet for sexual purposes. Using salvia divinorum requires
careful preparation and it should never be done without first educating
one self about the possible dangers.