Salvia (Salvia divinorum) is a legal hallucinogenic drug used as an alternative to marijuana. It was considered by the native Mazatecas centuries ago as herbal medicine that aids in inducing visions. The leaves of S. Divinnorum contain the highest concentration of Salvinorin which is a natural hallucinogen. The Drug Enforcement Agency proposes the classification of Salvia under Schedule I drug because it continuously shows to be a drug of concern due to the growing number of users.
Alternative and street names
Salvia is otherwise known as diviner’s sage. It is also popularly known as Salvia divinorum, magic mint, S. divinorum and Maria Pastora.
How is Salvia taken?
Salvia is usually taken by chewing the leaves or stems or by smoking it. Extracts of this herb are sometimes vaporized or mixed with drinks.
Effects of consumption
Salvia is a very potent hallucinogen. Minutes after the ingestion, the user already experiences dramatic hallucinations and the so-called, “out-of-this world experience. The feelings of being one with non-living things and time travel imaginations are also reported. It causes a confusion of the senses that some users report of hearing the colors. These reactions usually last for 1 hour or less after drug intake.
Impact on the mind/body and health risks
The following are the common reactions to Salvia intake:
- Vivid hallucinations
- Psychotomimetic” episodes or psychosis-like symptoms/Out-of-body experience
- Intense synesthesia or confusion of sensation
- Alteration in visual perception, temper and senses
- Mood swings
- Feelings of detachment,
- Decreased ability to socialize
- Afterglow or exhilaration that lasts for hours or days
Signs of Salvia overdose
- Short-term memory loss
Adverse effects of Salvia use
- Mild headache
- Bronchial discomfort
Signs of abuse of Salvia
There is no clinical evidence that proves the addictive capacity of the drug. The only facts established are the negative effects of the drug which are similar to that of LSD, like depression and flashbacks. But it is imperative to take note that habit- forming substances like tobacco and cocaine were originally presumed to be non -addictive. No research was conducted according to the long-term effects of Salvia.
Common treatment options
Although most symptoms subside after the drug loses its effects in the body, it is advisable for a user to undergo detox treatment to wash out the toxins from the body. It is important to note that Salvia also triggers a relapse because of memories of drug use. For this reason, detox treatment will not only focus on the eradication of toxins from the body but will conduct support therapy for the user to have an emotional anchor in deciding to live a drug-free life.
Salvia withdrawal symptoms
There are no reports of Salvia withdrawal symptoms.