Salvia Divinorum & Other Mind Expansion Herbs


When you think of opening the doors of perception you may very well conjure up thoughts of Jim Morrison clad only in a pair of skintight leather pants, writhing around on stage in the grips of a Peyote trance and spouting poetry about human consciousness and the Dionysian imperative.

In truth, the notion of opening the doors of perception and cleansing one's consciousness precedes Morrison and The Doors by eleven years. In 1954, Brave New World author Aldous Huxley first published his philosophical essay The Doors of Perception in which he vividly recounted a Mescaline trip.

The book served as a long essay advocating the value and even necessity of what he called “sacramental vision.” In the intervening years, a number of important global icons have popped up to preach the word of the vision quest, espousing hallucinogens and other psychoactive compounds for their ability to bring us closer to the infinite truth.

Alexander Shulgin, Timothy Leary, Alex Grey, Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters. They have all been vocal about the perceived value of expanding your mind via the consumption of natural substances.

Below I have compiled a list of some of the top natural plants that can help people to achieve a deeper understanding of both the world and themselves. These substances have been known to improve creativity, increase focus, induce a sense of spirituality and afford the user a cathartic experience.


It has been called “sage of the diviners” and with good reason. Salvia divinorum or, simply, Salvia, is one of the strongest legal plants out there for natural mind expansion. Is diviner's sage legal? You betcha! Is diviners sage for sale? Indeed, it is!

Salvia extract can be found in head shops and smoke shops the world over as well as in many reliable online stores. Sage of the diviners seeds are also sold.

Why buy Salvia? The answer is quite simple. Salvia offers profound user experiences that can calm the mind, increase mental activity, boost self-awareness and spacial awareness, and aid in meditation.

Intense visions can also occur after smoking Salvia. My personal experiences with Salvia have been both pleasant and insane. Slowly titrating a small amount of Salvia soothed my nerves and relieves my stress, but a friend suggested a stronger dose and instructed me to close my eyes as I held the smoke in.

What followed was several seconds of total madness as I began to open my eyes and imagined that I was literally unzipping down the middle of my body and that the floor had given way and was engulfed in flames. I staggered around for a solid minute before I got my bearings and the vision dissipated.

Despite this undesirable effect, my overall experiences with Salvia have been quite rewarding which is what most users report.

Users on Reddit have said that they made contact with beings of another realm and an intense feeling of a gravitational eye upon them—a physical third eye on their forehead. Others have said that objects became enormous in size with one user saying that his girlfriend's bed towering over him like a skyscraper.

It is important to remember that these experiences are largely dependent upon dose levels and concentration of Salvia extracts. There are several Salvia extract strengths out there from 5 x extract to 10 x extract and beyond. Sublingual Salvia is another preparation.

A safe first-time dose of Salvia is generally considered to be somewhere around 0.5 grams. 200 milligrams are likely to yield moderate effects. Always follow recommended dosages when smoking Salvia or ingesting Salvia extract.


A flowering plant from the Horn of Africa, Khat, or Catha edulis, is a potent natural herb whose leaves can be chewed on for stimulating effects. It has been in use since the 1800s and was first glimpsed and documented by Western eyes when Charles Dickens encountered it.

The khat high is mild when compared to Salvia and is of most value to those dealing with a heavy workload. People have compared it to drinking coffee in excess but minus the jittery feeling.

Khat is known for making the user more alert, more positive and more productive. It also provides a subtle euphoria. The downside to this one is the manic behavior and hyperactivity that it can induce.

There is a reason that Khat is being banned and that is due largely to its potential for addiction as well as alleged psychosis. While khat has been implemented to increase sociability and productivity, it can also lead to confusion and insomnia as well as delusion.

But it is important to understand that not everyone is in favor of a ban and, in fact, the Mps on the Home Affairs Select Committee in the UK opposed the ban, citing a lack of evidence to support the theory that there is a direct link between khat use and psychosis.


Rubiaceae may be one of the lesser known entheogenic plants out there, but its effects are beyond impressive. In addition to improving mood and expanding your consciousness, Rubiaceae has been shown to reverse memory impairment in mice and may just be a valuable neuroprotective agent.

Rubiaceae is also believed to be an anticonvulsant which could make it a viable treatment option for those going through alcohol-related withdrawal.


Otherwise known as Silene Capensis, the African Dream Root got its more popular nickname due to its ability to instill prophetic dreams in those who ingest it. Vivid visions occur at low doses with great lucidity.

Users have reported lucid dreams, out of body experiences, a lack of uncomfortable comedown after taking it, the cost-effectiveness of purchasing it and the fact that you can't overdose on it as large doses produce a purging action. Perhaps the best thing about African Dream Root of all is its lack of negative side effects or fatalities.


Kratom powder comes from the Mitragyna speciosa plant, a potent Southeast Asian herb that can fight chronic widespread pain and serve as a powerful coffee alternative but can also induce a significant sense of euphoria.

In proper doses, kratom can get you high in the best possible sense. It increases mental activity as well as sexual activity. As an anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) medication, it has improved countless people's lives by vanquishing stress and boosting sociability.

For more tips on finding some of the best all natural consciousness expanding herbs click here. Or take a look at our list of the top natural pain killers, some of which are known for cognitive enhancement. When taking any of the above, remember to stick to recommended doses and watch out for any unwanted effects.

Be safe, be smart and be well.

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