Hi! So I am working his way through the gram of standardized 5x he acquired. Almost done with it. He must say for the most part he's enjoying it. He did have one bad experience (but it wasn't the trip itself, it was kind of a burned out feeling he got one Friday where he tried a few hits, they didn't really work too well, and he then found he had insomnia all night, mind racing much like if he'd drunk a bunch of caffeine, and he had a kayakking trip the next morning -- he's been more careful with his use since that), but about four or five semi-bizarre flights. They're hard to describe, and that's what I like about them. They're like pure, liquid imagination, beautiful exercises in stainless abstract thought. There's been nothing necessarily scary or panic-causing at all -- aside from the bout of insomnia there have been no side effects or drawbacks. So I am led to ask some more questions, if you'll oblige him. 1. I had his girlfriend sitting for him on the first try, but the other times he's been alone or she's been asleep in the other room. I have been fine -- he just sets the pipe and torch down and reclines on the couch and pretty much stays there and trips. So much of what SWIM read about Salvia described a trip sitter as being essential, but SWIM's become increasingly confident with his relatively lighter doses about being able to stay still and happy -- the question is, do you think he'll be okay or is he playing with fire if he steps up the concentration (to 10x) and possibly the dose? Mostly SWIM just doesn't want to jump out the window or tumble down the stairs, but he doesn't think he's even moved so far... 2. In the first trip, SWIM and his girlfriend had their 'rainshowers' CD playing quietly, and his trip had a very distinct rainy/foggy/oceany/blue feel to it; one time he had the TV on very low and the show infiltrated his trip much like has happened rarely when SWIM's mostly asleep and the TV is on; the other day sort of in the afterglow SWIM put on headphones and actually experienced some music euphoria and CEVs. So, today SWIM decided to go all out. He turned on his two red bulb lamps, put "The Micro Disneycal World Tour" by Cornelius ( http://audiolunchbox.com/album?a=25269 ) on pause, put on his Sennheisers, burned the 1/8th gram pinch, hit play, closed his eyes, and had himself a circus freak time for about four minutes. The trip was just insane, and as I go back and listens to that track on the CD it brings him back to the amazingly odd feelings and sights he experienced. SWIM guesses it's two-fold here: A) does anyone ever play music during the experience? Or any of the normal trip media? I had always read "pitch black silence is best" but I don't know... SWIM guesses he's wondering how far he can take this. SWIM's heard Salvia is not addictive, and he believes there is no physical addiction, but damn he loves where it takes him, BUT HE WISHES IT LASTED LONGER!!! Is redosing right away okay? Is there anything that can prolong the experience? Or some substance (legal?) with similar effects and a longer lasting pharmacology? An incredible experience for I would be maintaining today's peak for two hours and watching the new Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with headphones on... 3. About combinations: I am on a DXM hiatus until probably the end of May (two more months!) due to taking Loratadine (Claritin) daily during allergy season. BUT, he's wondering how a 375mg dose (I weigh 74 kgs but he's very new to DXM and a dosage lightweight he thinks) of DXM would work with Salvia. Any experiences to share? 4. I find much like with dreaming it helps his retention if he tries to write down his Salvia sensations soon after coming back; has anyone kept a "Salvia diary"? 5. Is it just a matter of time or a matter of dosage before I have a bad trip? He's pretty content with what he's getting so far (except for the duration!), it puts him in another world where there is no couch, there is no earthly concern, but he's read so much about how mind-bending it can be, that it's hard to ignore. Thanks!