Salvia divinorum, or salvia for short, is an herb in the mint family that’s often used for its hallucinogenic effects. It’s native to southern Mexico and parts of Central and South America. There, it has been used in traditional ceremonies by the Mazatec Indians for centuries.
Salvia’s active ingredient, salvinorin A, is considered one of the most potent naturally occurring psychoactive drugs. The effects of this drug include hallucinations, dizziness, visual disturbances, and more.
Street names for Salvia include:
- Magic Mint
- Diviner’s Sage
- Maria Pastora
While salvia is legal in some states, it’s still a powerful drug with real effects and possible risks. If you use salvia or have considered trying it, it’s a good idea to know what the drug is, what the risks are, and what you can expect when you take it. Keep reading to learn more.
The herb usually isn’t used in rolled cigarettes, or joints, because the dried leaves may not be potent enough to create any effect.
More often, fresh leaves are used to create an extract. Pipes or water bongs may be used to smoke these extracts. The salvia extracts may also be infused in drinks or vaporizer pens.
Fresh salvia leaves can be chewed, too. As with dried leaves, the fresh leaves aren’t considered very potent, but some people may experience a mild effect.
Yes, salvia use is considered safe, but it hasn’t been extensively studied. That means possible side effects and risks that could be detrimental to your health may not be understood yet.
It’s also important to take precautions if you use salvia. For example, you shouldn’t consume the drug and then attempt to drive or operate a vehicle or machinery.
How much salvia is safe to ingest depends on what type of salvia you use. Salvia is potent, so small doses may produce hallucinogenic effects. The National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC) advises no more than 500 micrograms or 0.0005 grams.
If you’re smoking dried leaves, a dose of 1/4 gram to 1 gram is considered safe for consumption.
If you use extracts, less is more. The NDIC recommends that the higher the extract concentration, the smaller the dose.
For example, 0.1 to 0.3 grams of 5x salvia extract may be considered safe. If you try 10x salvia extract, a safe range may be between 0.05 and 0.15 grams.
If you choose to chew fresh salvia leaves, one dose of about five leaves is considered safe.
High quality – Intense experience –
The product is dried leafs, of course mostly broken but without faults. I got 20 grams and that really is a lot for a cheap price. I used maybe 4.5 grams to make a solution in 50ml whiskey and used 1ml every 20 minutes for around 2 hours. Then I smoked a joint of around 0.5g and I had intense hallucinations and full body dissociation. The most intense experiences lasted around 15 minutes but the trip lasted around 12 hours. I don’t know, why some people say they don’t notice effects. Salvia apparently creates reverse habituation, so the effect grows stronger, the more you use it. When you smoke it, I think it’s most important to take large drags and hold them around 30 seconds – the effects are intense!
Dried Leaves –
Gave me a short experience with a feeling of losing all knowledge of my surroundings. Can induce laughter as well. However, I also got the 10X and I must say there is an enormous difference between both as the former gives you a light high while the extract can seriously take you to another world. I used a bong and, while the taste can be unpleasant (I thought my couch was coming out of my mouth and I could taste it!), it is an effective way of consumption. Do not think that t he dried leaves prepare you for the extract as there is a huge gap between both experiences.