Salvia Divinorum

What Is Salvia Divinorum?

Salvia Divinorum, often shortened to Salvia, is a psychoactive plant which can induce "visions" and other hallucinations. The plant itself grows to be over a meter high, has hollow square stems, large leaves, and occasional white flowers with violet calyxes. Botanists have not determined whether Salvia divinorum is a cultigen or a hybrid; native plants reproduce vegetatively, rarely producing viable seed.

Signs of Abuse

  • Mood changes, more withdrawn or depressed
  • Hostility and uncooperativeness
  • Changing friends, dropping hobbies and activities
  • Grades falling
  • Sleeping and eating patterns change without a valid reason
  • Hard time focusing or concentrating
  • Money missing or too much money or new items appearing
  • Family relationships deteriorate.

There are no reports of Salvia divinorum being either physically or psychologically addictive.

Researchers haven’t fully determined how salvia impacts long-term health and wellbeing when used over extended periods of time.

For example, one study of rats that were given salvia’s main ingredient suggests it causes depression-like symptoms by decreasing dopamine levels in the brain.