- A ton of people shared their craziest stories about tripping on salvia in a hilarious Twitter thread
- The psychedelic substance Had A Moment in the 2000s before society finally came to its senses
- Read more about drugs here
In 1971, Richard Nixon managed to defy some pretty improbable odds after getting the United States involved in a conflict that turned out to be even more foolhardy than the one being waged in Vietnam at the time. I’m talking, of course, about the “War on Drugs,” a theoretically admirable and practically disastrous campaign that somehow continues to rage 50 years after it kicked off.
In addition to ruining the lives of countless people caught with largely harmless substances in their possession, the War on Drugs also played a major role in warping the worldview of generations of Americans who were force-fed heaping servings of misinformation and propaganda in programs like D.A.R.E. that arguably did more harm than good.
One of the many, many, many, many unintended consequences of the War on Drugs was the messaging that implied “illegal” was essentially synonymous with “dangerous,” which had some particularly notable ramifications. For example, if you were brave enough to smoke weed and didn’t see your life magically ruined immediately after you took your first hit, it was easy to wonder if the downsides of heroin were also exaggerated. However, plenty of people who were petrified of breaking the law opted to turn to some technically legal mind-altering substances capable of inflicting even more punishment than their federally prohibited counterparts.
That includes the K2 that has a reputation for turning users into zombies and the “bath salts” responsible for the retroactively wild number of incidents involving people transforming into bloodthirsty cannibals that dominated headlines at the start of the 2010s.
Prior to that decade, there was another “gas station drug” that reigned supreme: salvia. The psychoactive properties of the plant officially known as Salvia divinorum have a long history of being used in ceremonies conducted by Mazatec shamans in Mexico, but after the new millennium rolled around, it became the drug of choice amongst bored teenagers, Miley Cyrus, and twenty-somethings looking for a brief respite from the doldrums of life (many of whom uploaded videos showcasing its side effects to a novel new website called “YouTube”).
On Tuesday, I was treated to one hell of a blast from the past courtesy of a Twitter user who pined for that salvia-filled era and inspired other people to share their craziest experiences with the drug.
something I miss about the late 2000s is salvia. It was a part of culture in a subtle way and smoking it sent you straight to fucking hell.
— joe joegan (@jakebrodes) August 23, 2021
I’m still not entirely sure why salvia suddenly got so popular in the first place, but if you’re wondering why it fell out of favor, these stories about some trips that went very, very south should help jog your memory.
Watched a kid bump a rail of vyvanse and then rip a bong load of salvia. Wordlessly walked into his living room, picked up the family tv and threw it down the basement stairs.
— Drew “NW: Amazing Race S1” P (@GuiltyOfNothing) August 24, 2021
Remember smoking a bong of salvia at a house party in my teens and immediately stripping down to my boxer shorts and lying down outside in the middle of winter while saying “my brain is on fire” over and over for 15 minutes. Lol https://t.co/j1PAGen0LK
— Tom Usher (@tom_usher_) August 24, 2021
one of my best friends in high school smoked salvia and went catatonic— his brain clocked out and went offline, he just laid there limp
then he suddenly snapped up covered in sweat and described in great detail his entire trip was just a shift working at blockbuster video
— 𝚔𝚎𝚗𝚍𝚛𝚒𝚌𝚔 𝚕𝚘𝚋𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚛 (@KLobstar) August 24, 2021
I smoked it at church camp when I was 13 and drank out of a urinal https://t.co/FKrQlbKGAq
— Cody Crawford (@CodyCrawford) August 24, 2021
I’ve got a friend who tried salvia and had a very vivid dream that he was a letter H in a factory run by letter Ks. He experienced a lot stress and prejudice there.
— Terrycloth Mousepad (@TomSlackerman) August 24, 2021
Saw a couple friends rip some salvia at a high school graduation party. One guy took like five steps and collapsed onto a bed, the other guy curled up like a turtle on its back and rolled around for a while https://t.co/bUYB1RiR95
— Rig Barnes (@barnes_rig) August 24, 2021
when i did it i turned into captain baby on a pirate ship full of other babies, but then my friend did it and immediately tried to jump off our balcony like in some on the nose PSA. we had to grab him and like hold him on the couch til he came out of it in 30 secs and just wept.
— josh androsky (@ShutUpAndrosky) August 24, 2021
I smoked salvia on top of a parking garage with 2 guys I just met my first week of college, and I woke up on the top floor without any teeth https://t.co/eWLP0lh01j
— moshpitslasher (@moshpitslasher) August 24, 2021