What is Salvia?
Everything you need to know about Salvia Divinorum
There are about nine hundred sage varieties around the world. In many places you can find sage in the garden, but these plants do not trigger hallucinations like Salvia Divinorum. Salvia Divinorum is from Mexico. It used to be used by shamans to perform ritual healings. Only late in the twentieth century did the plant become known as a drug in the West.
Salvia Divinorum is used in different ways. It can be chewed or tea can be made. Usually Salvia Divinorum is smoked in a (water) pipe and sometimes in a cigarette. Smoking Salvia Divinorum can cause headaches, irritated airways or insomnia. Swallowing the plant or its extract can also sometimes cause nausea. However, these effects are accepted as the plant almost guarantees a trip people have never felt before.
The plant has been chewed by medicine men for thousands of years at religious rituals of the Mazatec Indians. Chewing creates a longer lasting but milder effect than with the usual smoking in the West. The smoking of salvia extracts causes dissociation and intense, atypical hallucinations. The effect occurs quickly in case of smoking, and lasts about 5 to 10 minutes. Most users describe the experience as pleasant, sometimes even spiritual.
What are the risks of Salvia Divinorum?
The greatest risk of using Salvia Divinorum lies in the fact that it is a strong trip agent. The effect is unpredictable: sometimes there is no significant effect, sometimes a short and very violent trip follows immediately after smoking.
When the active ingredient (Salvinorin A) is released, users can experience different effects, such as uncontrollable laughter, visual hallucinations and alienation of your own body and mind. Users are usually no longer aware of their environment. For example, someone under the influence can go into the streets without being aware that there are cars on the street, which is obviously very risky.
Besides that, the effects of Salvia Divinorum are highly dependent on the mood of the user. If the user feels bad, anxious or down, it can cause a bad experience or a so-called ‘bad trip’. Because inexperienced users can not properly assess what they can expect, they are extra vulnerable to this.