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An Introduction: My Experience With Salvia Divinorum

Hello, and thank you for visiting my website! My name is Jason Cole, and I’m the author of the upcoming book Summer of Salvia: Inside the world’s most potent naturally-occurring hallucinogen. At least, that’s the working subtitle. It could change by the time the book goes to press.

I started writing this book around 2009 or 2010 after smoking Salvia divinorum for the first and only time. I know what you may be thinking; how can I have anything to say about Salvia when I’ve only done it once?

My answer to that question is one I think Salvia adherents will appreciate: Once was enough.

When experts say that Salvia is the world’s most potent naturally-occurring hallucinogenic drug, they sure as hell aren’t lying, and I experienced that firsthand. Tripping out on Salvia completely changed the way I viewed my life, the world, and the universe.

Summer of Salvia is my attempt to make sense of an experience that, in many ways, completely upended my life. It’s part memoir, and part journalistic investigation. Perhaps it would have been better to stick with one format or the other, but in my view, this book couldn’t have been written any other way.

The instant I exhaled the smoke from the bong that contained Salvia, it felt like my whole life hadĀ been leadingĀ to that one, inevitable moment. And that one, brief moment has shaped nearly every moment of my life thereafter. The story of my life and the story of Salvia divinorum are inextricably linked. My story is Salvia’s story. Salvia’s story is my own.

I’m sorry if that sounds confusing, but hopefully it will all make sense once you read the book. I’ll be using this website to write on a variety of topics related to Salvia, both in a news-gathering sense, and also to offer my own opinions. I’ll also be using the site to offer news about the book’s release, let you know about giveaways and other promotions, and possibly to share excerpts of the book.

I thank you for taking the time to read this introduction. If you ever feel like dropping me a line, please feel free to do so at


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