Some further points about chewing:
It's worth mentioning the fact that the dried leaves do not have to be
smoked, they can be re-hydrated and chewed. I have tried this
myself. I didn't think the results were as good as with fresh leaf, but I
have had reliable first hand reports suggesting that it can work as well. I mention this because I have received a
number of queries asking if it's possible, so the answer is yes.
Dale Pendell mentions re-hydration of dried leaves in his Salvia
chapter>> in Pharmako/poeia (- a reliable source). Apparently,
the best method is to soften the leaves in hot (but not boiling) water for a short
while (5-10mins), then
chew as you would fresh leaves.
The re-hydrated leaf does not take up the same volume as fresh. Any loss in
potency can be counteracted by chewing comparatively
Have a bowl handy when chewing, even if you intend to swallow the leaf as
some prefer, you may have a gag reflex, so a bowl will be handy, and of course
necessary if you intend to spit it out anyway.
As I have said, there is no need to swallow the leaf, but you will probably
find after 5-10 minutes chewing / holding in your mouth that the amount of
saliva is building up so that you have to swallow something. In fact one of the
things that seems to happen as the effects start to come on is the production of
more and more saliva. In this case you may find yourself having to swallow and
swallowing some leaf, which is nothing to worry about. In any case, even just
swallowing saliva alone, you may have a gag reflex. I don’t want to psyche
anyone out before they start, just to prepare you for the phenomena and say that
this ‘mind over matter’ affair can take a little practice.
For those new to the experience common question is "can I chew a bit
less than the half dozen or so leaves, for a safer / milder / 'introductory'
experience. My thoughts on this are that it is best to try for a fuller
I say this because there is a threshold element to it, and, without taking
enough, one is more likely not to cross the threshold than one is likely to have
a mild ‘introductory’ experience. There are degrees of experience beyond the
threshold, true enough, but I suggest chewing no less than half a dozen of a
medium/largish size leaves to stand a good chance of getting beyond the placebo
make-believe realms of "well, did I experience something, or did I just
imagine it?" The same would go for smoking, where I would not recommend a partial
After some practice you could try reducing the amount of leaf. I say
some practice because, in order to compensate for less leaf, I am advising
chewing particularly thoroughly and this is not that easy. At first you
may find it difficult enough just holding the leaf in your mouth and giving it
an infrequent chew. But for the sake of more efficiently using your
stocks, and for the sake of getting a stronger experience, you may want to try
chewing more thoroughly, harder, faster, while at the same time trying not to swallow too much
leaf too quickly.