Salvia is a herb common to South Mexico and Central and South America. The Salvia Extract is still considered to be new area of salvia history as it has only been in use for the last 10 years. The regular salvia divinorum leaf has been in use for ages by the Mazatecs, but only till recently has modern man been trying to perfect the extraction of salvinorin A out of the leaf. Salvia is considered a controlled substance in 5 of the 50 states.

Salvia Divinorum was first discovered in Oaxaca, Mexico, high the Sierra Madres Mountain Range. It was used by the Mazatec Indians who used the plant not only for spiritual use but also for medicinal purposes. Salvia would allow the Mazatecs to explore the outer world of consciousness. What is known as the “salvia trip” would give the Mazatecs a salvia experience of exploring their childhood and other fond experiences. It was also a very popular hallucinogen used in religious rituals and ceremonies where they would speak to the God’s of heaven through the use of salvia. Modern man first discovered Salvia in 1930 by a group of anthropologists studying medicinal and magical cures in Mexico.

The main ingredient is Salvinorin A, a potent activator of kappa opioid receptors in the brain. These receptors differ from those activated by opioids such as heroin and morphine.

Traditionally ingested eating a few leaves or drinking extracted juices. More people are now smoking the leaves, vaporizing, or inhaling.

Appearance: Salvia is a small leafy green plant.

Desired Effects: Uncontrollable laughter, past memories, sensations of motion or being pulled or twisted by unknown forces, visual hallucinations, feelings of merging with objects, and perception of overlapping realities.

Side effects include: Strong psychedelic with an onset in 20 seconds to 2 minutes lasting 1-2 hours dependent on dose. Effects include closed and open eye visualizations, time distortion, social dissociation, altered thought patterns, altered behavior, dreamlike/childlike states, increased sensations, changes in body temperature, senses of fear or panic, increased perspiration, introspection, feelings of presences outside the norm as well as feeling one has traveled “somewhere or been someone else”.

Long term effects: Many users of Salvia divinorum can act quite erratically and out of character while under the influence. It is entirely possible for a user to act in a way unlike their usual behavior. Although unlikely, it is possible for a user to become violent, or to perform actions which may potentially harm themselves. It is impossible to say with confidence who may be susceptible to drug induced psychosis as the causes of this effect are not yet clearly understood even among more well known and well used drugs such as LSD and Cannabis.

Slang Terms: Shepardess’s Herb and Ska Pastora