nah its not new, Mazatec Indians used it for hundreds of years, theres just no in depth reseach thats gone into the sage. yet
i recommend a sitter for first timers, personally i can just chill out by myself experiencing it but who knows you might go crazy and cause some damage :/
May the wind always be at your back
and the sun upon your face,
and the winds of destiny carry you aloft
to dance with the stars...