Is salvia psychoactive

Drug lexicon

Salvia divinorum

Salvia divinorum is a psychoactive species of sage, popularly also called magic sage or fortune telling sage. The plant comes from southern Mexico, where it was used by the Mazatec Indians for shamanic rituals, among other things.

The main active ingredient of the plant is salvinorin A, a diterpene that can have a strong hallucinogenic effect even in small quantities. Salvinorin A is considered to be the most potent naturally occurring hallucinogen.

The dried leaves can be smoked in a similar way to cannabis, but the effects can be very sudden. Depending on the amount, the effect lasts between five and approx. 30 minutes. Fresh and dried leaves are chewed and can have a bitter taste. Here the effect sets in after about 10 minutes and can then last up to about an hour.

Salvia divinorum is definitely not a party drug, as it - especially in high doses - can lead to unusual and violent psychological effects in which the body feeling changes very strongly. For example, consumers report having the feeling of transforming themselves into an object.

Little is known about the possible risks of salvia consumption as the plant has received little research to date. Since it is a hallucinogen, it must be assumed that the consumption of salvia can also entail the psychological risks typical of hallucinogens. You can read about these under the keyword hallucinogens.


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