By: Manu Viswanath & Andy Sanchez
What are Salvia?
How are they abused?
How do they affect the brain?
Salvinorin A, the main ingredient in Salvia, attaches to parts of nerve cells called kappa opioid receptors.
The effects of salvia are intense but short, lasting for less than 30 minutes. People who use salvia have hallucinations - they see or feel things that aren’t really there. They also have changes in vision, mood and body sensations, emotional swings, and feelings of detachment. Some people even lose contact with reality - being unable to tell the difference between what’s real and what’s not.
What are other effects of Salvia?
Other effects are coordination, dizziness, and slurred speech.
However, we do not know of the long effects yet.
Can you get addicted?
Can you die from use?
How many teens abuse this drug?
What should you do if someone needs help?
- Call National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (they don't just talk about suicide—they cover a lot of issues including drug abuse)
- Call Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator at 1-800-662-HELP
- Visit www.findtreatment.samhsa.gov