Sex and Salvia
By David Jay Brown
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 experience.
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.