Salvia Divinorum

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-The plant is in the mint family and is native to the forests in Oaxaca, Mexico

-The drug can be in the form of a liquid or kept as dark green leaves

-The leaf's active ingredient is Salvinorin A

-This hallucinogenic's chemical formula is C23H28O8


-Salvia is classified as a hallucinogen

Slang Terms:

-Shepherdess's herb

-Diviner's sage

-Seer's sage

-Maria pastora

-Magic mint


Ways to Ingest:

-Smoking the leaf

-Chewing the leaf

-Drinking extracted juices (tincture)

Medicinal Use:

-Salvia is declared as legal by most countries including the United States but it is prohibited by some states in the U.S.

-Research has found Salvia to be a potential analgesic.

-Several findings also suggest Salvia's ability aid in addiction treatment therapy

How Salvia alters consciousness:

Salvinorin A is a potent activator of nerve cells called kappa opioid receptors. These receptors are proteins in the brain that are capable of altering a person’s perception of reality. Salvinorin A is also one of the most potent hallucinogens which has the effect of being unable to tell the difference between fantasy and reality. There are also feelings of detachment therefore being disabled to interact with surroundings. This state of mind can leave a person under the influence of Salvia, extremely vulnerable to serious situations or fatal accidents.


Short Term: Most common effects


-Visual perceptions of shapes, vivid and bright colors

-Emotional swings

-Body sensations/loss of motor skills


-Slurred speech

Long Term:

-Research did not find psychiatric long-term effects in humans but found Salvia effects memory and learning capabilities of mice.

Duration: Lasts 1 min-30 min


-Research has shown there is not an actual physical nor psychological dependence on Salvia.

-The possibility of ones desire to continue the drug would depend only on their preference, not an addiction.


-Myth: Salvia is the new marijuana

-Truth: Marijuana and Salvia are different. Their chemical makeup is very different due to the different active ingredients within them. Marijuana's effects lasts a longer than the effects of Salvia.

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