Salvia Divinorum

An herb from Southern Mexico

Slang Terms

  • Salvia splendons
  • Diviners sage
  • Diviners mint
  • Mexican mint
  • Ska pastora
  • Sally-D
  • Magic mint
  • Seers sage
  • Maria pastora
  • Sheperdess's herb

How it is Taken

  • Salvia leaves by themselves, straight off the plant, can be chewed or pressed to make a concentrated juice.
  • Dried salvia leaves can be smoked or vaporized.
  • Both of these methods work the same in effectiveness, but it is much more popular to smoke it.

How it effects your body

  • Once taken salvia releases salvinorin A, a potent activator of nerve cell targets called kappa opioid receptors. These are the same receptors that activate while taking morphine or heroin.

  • Short term effects: Salvia basically gives you a short intense trip that is very psychedelic and alters your vision, gives you mood and body sensations, gives you a feeling of detachment, and a highly modified perception of reality and self being.

  • Long term effects: Long term effects of salvia have not been fully studied but reports from users say that the plant is not addictive and usually causes a sense of well being the 24 hours after it is taken. Salvia also has no addiction ingredient and can be used to help cure the addiction to other drugs, with the exception that the user may cause harm to him or herself from the hallucination effect the plant has.

Signs of Abuse

Signs of abuse in salvia are hard to notice because of the very little research done on the plant itself. People who have used the drug say that they experienced hallucinations, delusional episodes, and mimic psychosis.


Salvia does not contain anything in it to make the herb addictive, but people who use it can become addicted to the psychological effect of it, or become addicted to the feeling it gives you.