Sunday, January 11, 2009

Salvia Divinorum: A Different Kind of Garden Trip

Last week I had bartered with a gardener-friend of mine. I wanted to grow Salvia Divinorum; he wanted some worm poop. Presto! I packed up some black gold, along with some worms as a starter pack for his own vermicultural endeavors, and made the trade. Aaah, bartering...the poor man's currency! (But Tilthy Rich in spirit!)

I had heard of Salvia Divinorum and had always wanted to grow it. It literally translates to "Sage of the Seers", and for good reason. If smoked, chewed, or applied as a tincture it can induce bouts of laughter to much more intense mind-altered states. In fact, a friend of mine who had tried it reported to me that he witnessed a tree stump jump out of the ground and begin to dance around! Man Alive! The effects if smoked last only about 1-5 minutes; if chewed they come on more slowly and last from 10-20 minutes.
"The most commonly reported after-effects include an increased feeling of insight, an improved mood, a sense of calmness, and an increased sense of connection with nature."(from Wikipedia) I must say though I haven't any plans to try this soon, the after-effects don't sound like a bad deal, now do they?! It's actually not understood to be toxic or addictive, and in fact it is not an illegal substance.
I really just enjoy growing a plant that has such a powerful and unique potential.

...and I really like the boxy square stems!

Now who wants to dance with the Tree-stump Man? ....Anyone???

For more information: Salvia Divinorum

1 comment:

  1. Ronnie,

    I am producing a piece for the G4 Network on Salvia Divinorum and am looking for someone with some plants that might let me shoot some footage for the show. I am going to be in the San Francisco area on 3/23 and would be looking to shoot then. If you are interested could you shoot me an email at

    Thanks buddy!