This is awkward to share but I feel that I should. About a year ago, I was in the grip of a particularly poorly timed episode and I was desperate to make it go away. I tried everything I could think of caffeine pills, energy drinks, anxiety pills, depression pills unsurprisingly nothing worked. Then for some reason I thought of Salvia divinorum. I can’t tell you why I thought of it perhaps it had to do with the brief period of derealization/hallucinations that is similar to my experience of KLS. Or maybe it was the feeling as if my mind was rebooted after using it. (I had only used salvia 2x in my life until that point and although I owned some for a over a year I had no interest in consuming it, but again, I was desperate). Anyway I took some, and I got better within an hour. I thought the recovery was linked to the salvia but I did not know if it could have been a coincidence so I didn’t share the story at that time.
Since then I have had two episodes both ended within an hour of consuming salvia. I no longer think this is a coincidence, however I am not recommending anyone go out there and try without very serious consideration. Salvia can make you hallucinate it will have some sort of psychoactive effect it could be very very bad!!!! Nevertheless, it worked so fast I think the experience should be shared.
I did some research and it seems salvia is a “kappa opioid agonists” (I do not know what this means). Professor Bryan L. Roth, director of the National Institute on Mental Health’s Psychoactive Drug Screening Program, thinks this could have potential uses in treating “Alzheimer’s, depression, schizophrenia, chronic pain.” And many users report an anti-depressant-like effect. Nobody has ever died from using salvia and there is no evidence of toxicity in animal studies. There is also some evidence that it lowers dopamine levels. See http://www.springerlink.com/content/2e2e65wvctqbenvl/. (I AM NOT A DOCTOR I DO NOT KNOW WHAT ANY OF THIS MEDICAL STUFF MEANS – THIS IS NOT MEDICAL ADVICE)
My experience with salvia is that after the brief effects of consumption wear off (lasting no more than 30 minutes) I feel completely better. I am a little warm, euphoric, and have energy). Unfortunately doing this at night makes sleep difficult (but as you know that is a welcomed reprieve).
I am writing this with the hope that one of three things may occur (1) a research reads this and thinks the issue is worth examining, (2) a adult KLS suffer who has used salvia divinorum in the past might consider being a lab rat and reporting on the results… (AGAIN, I AM NOT A DOCTOR, I AM NOT A RESEARCHER, I CANNOT TELL YOU WHAT EFFECT THIS MIGHT HAVE ON YOU – IMAGINE THE WORST!!!) or (3) somebody out there may have had the same crazy idea (and it was CRAZY) and has similar (or dissimilar) results.
If you have questions about what I did or what happened I am more than willing to answer them. If you comment in the post I will get back to you.
Reminder – I think the fact that I chose to try this was stupid and likely a bad decision, nevertheless it worked for me. Just because it works for me does not mean it will work for you! Many KLS suffers receive relief by using different types of medicines. I am not promising you any results this might not work for you this might make you worse!!! I am not a doctor this is not medical advice. I am only sharing this because it worked for me and I hope that this might help others.