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Salvia Divorum

Salvia DivorumSCIENTIFIC TERM:

Salvinorin A

STREET NAMES:

Mexican magic mint, holy sage, Eclipse

EFFECTS:

The effects of salvia can be of varying degrees. Salvia is a hallucinogenic but it is much different than most other hallucinogens out there. Many people like to compare salvia effects with that of marijuana, but this thought is far from factual truth. With marijuana giving you a "high" feeling of relaxation, salvia gives you the effect of traveling back in time, having out of body experiences, even having aliens chase after you. But with that said, not everyone will have the same salvia effect as the next person. Everyone is effected differently when experiencing salvia. But never treat salvia as a "party drug." Treat salvia divinorum with dignity, respect, and responsibility.

DRUG FORM & METHOD OF USE:

The soft leaves of the Mexican plant Salvia Divinorum contain psychoactive chemicals that produce hallucinations when chewed or when dried and smoked. Sold on the internet and in ‘headshops’ as herbal ecstasy, salvia is one of a number of substances marketed as ‘herbal highs’.

HEALTH RISKS (long term) which includes withdrawal & tolerance:

Most harms resulting from the use of psychoactive drugs like salvia occur as a result of people injuring themselves when under the influence of the drug.  There is some concern that salvia could trigger psychotic episodes particularly in young people and vulnerable individuals with latent mental health problems. Throat and lung irritation, headaches and mild irritability have been reported after using salvia. You increase the risk to yourself if you combine alcohol with any substance that causes a ‘high’, including the risk of death.  Salvia is not known to be either physically addictive or to cause psychological dependence.

LAW:

Salvia divinorum is unscheduled in the U.K., making it legal to buy, sell or possess. It is available (live or prepared) in head shops as well as plant nurseries.

  1. A Salvia plant grows to over a meter high.
  2. Its native habitat is within cloud forest in the isolated Sierra Mazateca of Oaxaca, Mexico, growing in shady and moist locations.
  3. Salvia divinorum has a long and continuous tradition of religious use by Mazatec shamans, who use it to facilitate visionary states of consciousness during spiritual healing sessions.
  4. Salvia divinorum is a plant from the mint family. It’s a species of sage and is grown in the Mazatec region of the Sierra Madre mountains in Oaxaca, Mexico. It contains a substance called salvinorin-A, which is the most potent naturally occurring vision inducer.
  5. Salvia has been used for centuries by the Mazatec people of Oaxaca in spiritual rituals. They called it the “leaf of prophecy,” Diviner’s Sage, or Yerba de Maria because they believed it was the incarnation of the Virgin Mary. The Mazatec people treat the plant with respect, praying to it before cutting it. American kids pretend it’s a party drug even though it doesn’t have the recreational effects of other drugs or alcohol. It’s best used for meditative states, spiritual purposes and exploring consciousness.
  6. Salvia can be smoked, crushed for juice or chewed. The Mazatec people typically chew and swallow fresh leaves (re-hydrated dried leaves can be used as well). 26 leaves is a common dose, but the size of the leaves vary greatly. The effects come from the juice which is absorbed through mouth tissue, so it’s good to hold the leaves in your cheeks for as long as possible. The Mazatec will sometimes crush the leaves on a stone into a pulp and squeeze the pulp to produce juice which is added to water, but this produces a weaker effect. It is also effective when vaporized, where the dosage should be 1 milligram or less.
  7. Salvia can sometimes induce visions with spirals and recursions, loss of physical self, a feeling of being connected to the entire universe, a sense of understanding and peace, and severe distortions of time and space, sometimes traveling to other worlds or dimensions. It’s sometimes described as an entheogen, a word that comes from Greek, loosely translated as “making possible contact with the divine within.”
  8. Salvia peaks in one to three minutes after smoking it and the effects when smoked last for five to 20 minutes. But taken orally, it’ll take 10 to 20 minutes to kick in and can last from 15 minutes to over 3 hours. When I tried to do it, I rolled it into a cigarette, which was totally ineffective and just made me a little dizzy. Many people don’t have any experience the first few times they try salvia. Others have such an intense experience that they only do it once.
  9. Salvia has no short-term dangers and there haven’t been any reported overdoses. There was a study done recently that concluded that the drug is extremely powerful but doesn’t appear to have any adverse effects. Scientists found it had a totally unique effect on the brain and think it might be useful for medical use with Alzheimer’s, pain and drug addiction. However, it should not be used while driving.
  10. People who take Salvia divinorum report that it has a mind-altering effect. The drug affects the kappa opioid receptors in the brain, causing brief, intense hallucinations and a sense of disconnection from reality. These effects can last as long as 30 minutes.
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