Salvia divinorum is a psychoactive plant which grows in Mexico and Oaxaca. This plant is commonly known as diviner’s sage, seer’s sage, ska maria pastora, shepherdess’s herb, and sally-D. This herb produces dissociative effects and hallucinations when used. It generally grows in marshes and swamps.
This herb was used by Mazatec shamans for a number of years during spiritual healing. They considered this herb builds a relationship between Virgin Mary and them. The shamans would sit or lie down in a quiet place after ingesting the leaf of this plant. According to them, this herb had divinatory psychedelic properties.
This herb does not have the effects of other illegal drugs like marijuana and cocaine and hence this herb is not considered as illegal in Mexico. Salvia divinorum contains salvinorin A which is a diterpenoid which is less toxic. It lacks addictive potential too due to it being a k-opioid agonist. This natural hallucinogen is very potent but does not produce effects like other drugs such as marijuana, LSD, or cocaine. Salvia divinorum is available in both powder form and liquid form. The extract is obtained from dried leaves which are very potent.
The reaction to this plant varies according to the amount of herb taken. It generally ranges from subtle hallucinating reaction to frightening entheogenic reaction. No deaths have been reported after the intake of this herb even in higher quantities.
This psychoactive herb produces effects like laughter which is uncontrollable, past childhood memories, moving sensation, twisting or pulling sensation, visions of two-dimensional surfaces, merging with both living and non-living objects, feeling of living in multiple locations at a time, glossolalia which is a part of few religious traditions, vivid imageries, sensation of traveling to other planets, poetic experience, and time distortion. These hallucinating and visionary effects of this drug usually lasts from five to fifteen minutes. The comedown period for this drug is approximately twenty to forty minutes prior to the return of baseline. The users of this drug have reported no hangover or negative effects. Some people may experience lightheadedness when taken is high doses. Salvia divinorum is usually taken in the form of smoking, quid chewing, and tincture.
The Mazatec shamans have been using this drug for medicinal purposes too. Studies are conducted on the medicinal properties of this drug. This drug is used in the treatment of a sore throat, headache, common cold, stomach -upset, migraines, psychosis, diarrhea, lamb belly, insomnia, anxiety, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease, anemia, rheumatism, and chronic pain.
Since salvinorin A helps in inhibiting excessive intestinal motility it is used in digestive problems. Due to its analgesic properties, it is used in treating various joint pains and aches. It is also used in the treatment of cocaine addiction due to the natural kappa upload agonist present in the herb. Recent studies have suggested that this drug can be used effectively in the treatment of diseases such as cancer, AIDS, and HIV. Since this drug has lot of medicinal properties, it can be used to treat numerous health-related conditions without any side effects.
Salvia divinorum is now illegal in many states and many countries; visit this web page to know if it is legal to possess where you live.