Guest speaker: Terence McKenna
Date this lecture was recorded: August 6, 1998
Today’s podcast features an August 6, 1998 talk about Salvia Divinorum given by Terence McKenna at the Esalen Institute. In addition to many interesting facts that Terence presents about Salvia, he tells how Daniel Siebert became the first person to identify the active ingredient of the plant, which eventually led to its widespread use today. In addition to discussing Salvia, Terence also touches on: Ibogaine, magic mushrooms, psychedelic plants, Australia’s psychoactive plants, DMT, Greek mystery religions, Datura, LSD, War on Drugs, and language.
“I’ve not done the pure [salvinorin A] compound. It’s somewhat scary. One thing that’s scary about it is it creates a profound break with reality. The person who is intoxicated totally loses touch with this world, and unlike people on DMT, or ketamine, or some other short-acting psychoactive or dissociative, they won’t stay still. People tend to move around and be active, which is a real pain for the sitter. . . . The protocol for dealing with this is the ‘tie ’em to a tree’ protocol.” -Terence McKenna
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