Salvia (salvia divinorum)

Description of Drug

Physical : 0.5 - 1.5 meter high shrublike herb, square shape, hollow stem and jagged- leaves

Chemistry : Contains neoclerodane diterpene called Salvinorin A which causes the hallucinations. Contains dried leaves and leaf extracts.

Classification of drug : hallucinogen

Slang names : sheperdess herb, ska pastara, seer's stage

Salvia can be chewed, smoked or ingested as liquid.

Similar drugs : marijuana

Effects of Salvia

Psychological : anxiety, irritability, dizziness, drowsiness, mood effects, racing thoughts, increase or decrease concentration, experiences different reality, injury due to lack of motor control, hallucinations

Physical : nausea, slurred speech, chills, lazy movements

Duration : most effects are short term such as effected eyesight, mood, sweating. Long term may include deja vu.


Psychological: "But it's a remarkably robust drug in terms of physiological safety," said Johnson.

Physical: "That in itself is an area of danger -- people can have accidents or do foolish things on the drugs."

-Words of Matthew W. Johnson, a psychologist and assistant professor of psychiatry

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Myths about salvia

Myth: Salvia Divinorum is addictive

Myth: Salvia Divinorum has long term health effects

Myth: Salvia Divinorum is Illegal

Information/ Statistics about Risks and Harmful Effects

Salvia Divinorum is a hallucinogenic drug that is being widely abused by young people in the United States. There have been more instances of Salvia abuse in the last 2 years than in the previous 20 combined.