Salvia is legal and accessible herb in the United States. However, it is by no means safe or smart to use. There is little known of the long term effects of the drug salvia. This means it is dangerous to those who become addicted.
If someone you know is exhibiting abusive behaviors and you believe they could be addicted to Salvia, it’s crucial to find help. Learn more about this drug and available paths to sobriety by contacting New Life House today.
What is Salvia?
Salvia (full name Salvia Divinorum) is a natural herb from Mexico that’s part of the sage plant family. When consumed, it produces strong effects in the human body. Drug users smoke or ingest the plant’s leaves for a quick hitting and short-lived high.
Since the effects of using Salvia are instant, the effects are felt right after use. After about five to ten minutes, the effects will begin to fade. Side effects result from the stimulation of several different areas of the brain. These include the limbic system, parietal lobe, and vestibular function. As the drug begins to wear off, some users experience symptoms similar to a seizure. This is not only dangerous to the user, but to those around them.
This drug is found legally in most countries. The United States government employ some levels of regulation in certain states, like age restrictions in California. In the U.S, it’s found in smoke shops or health food stores. Some people may even grow it themselves in warmer climates.
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How is Salvia Being Used?
There are a couple of different ways to take Salvia. These include chewing, smoking, inhaling, or vaporizing.
If someone had the fresh leaves of the plant, they can either be chewed whole or the juices can be extracted to drink. The dried leaves can either be smoked or vaporized. Salvia is used in experimental ways at parties or social settings.
Since Salvia is accessible, many people hold a misconception that it’s safe to use. This misconception has grown, leading teens and young adults having easy access to this little known drug. There are a number of immediate health risks associated with Salvia, but not much is known about its long-term potential risks. This is what makes the drug dangerous to those who become addicted.
Those with mental disorders are susceptible to the drug’s negative effects since it can cause induced psychosis or an intense relapse.
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What Makes Salvia Addictive?
Just like any new drug finding popularity, more research is still needed to have a firm understanding of the long-term effects. It’s still unknown whether or not salvia can become addictive.
However, it is known that the drug attracts repeat users. This poses a big health risk. During moments of hallucination the user loses the ability to separate reality from fantasy. This could lead to dangerous, risky behavior and could negatively stimulate existing mental illness.
If you notice risky behavior relating to salvia use, contact New Life House today to learn more about our options.
Why Do People Start Abusing Salvia?
Young adults and teens are experimenting with salvia more and more. Since it’s accessible and has few legal restrictions, many individuals are drawn to the substance because it seems “safe” or relatively harmless.
There is little data on the long-term side effects of Salvia, so these users are at serious risk for health problems later on in life. They can make poor decisions and take actions that cause harm to themselves and others.
If users happen to have a history with depression, borderline personality disorder, or schizophrenia, the drug could cause severe negative effects. It could also put them in a state of induced psychosis.
So many unknown factors about salvia make this drug dangerous to experiment with. Dont take any risks; contact New Life House to learn about recovery today.
What Are the Symptoms & Side Effects of Abusing Salvia?
The noticeable side effects of salvia are only present during intoxication. To know if someone is using salvia, look for these signs and symptoms during use:
- Excessive Laughter
- Loss of coordination
- Slurred speech
- Vision changes
- Lower heart rate
- Feeling detached
- Body thrashing/seizing
If these symptoms become noticeable in someone you love, call New Life House today.
How Can I Tell if Someone is Addicted to Salvia?
There’s not much data on the behavior of long-term salvia addicts. There is an abundance of data on the behavior of addicts in general, however. Here are some signs to look out for if you think someone you know could have a salvia addiction.
- Past addiction – If they have shown addictive personality traits in the past, they may be predisposed to addiction with salvia after experimentation. An inability to stop using is one of the primary signs of addiction.
- Sacrifices – If you notice someone sacrificing things they otherwise loved or enjoyed, this may be a sign of salvia addiction. For example, they might turn down a social invitation knowing they won’t be able to use the drug in that setting.
- Secrecy – Patterns of secrecy and solitude are almost never good signs. In many cases, those with a substance abuse disorder will try to hide the addiction and substance itself.
- Behavioral Problems – Problems with friends, family, at work, or in the legal system are indicators of a potential addiction. An abuse problem can lead a user to prioritize drugs over anything else. This can cause issues to arise at their place of work, in their social groups, or within their family.
- Financial Problems – If someone is addicted to salvia, they are likely spending a lot of money on the substance. Constant use will drain their finances.
- Withdrawal – If a user is addicted and their levels of the substance drop, they could experience withdrawal symptoms. These include cravings, diarrhea, constipation, seizures, trembling, sweating, chills, and even violence.
If you notice any of these signs, learn about recovery options by contacting New Life House.
Salvia in Their System
Salvia is detectable in the body for about 12 hours after consumption. In certain cases, it can be detected up to 36 hours after use with specialized drug tests. The most intense sort of test (a blood gas test) can detect small traces of it weeks after it was used.
Unfortunately, the hair follicle test cannot be used to test for salvia. This is because the drug leaves the body extremely quickly. It doesn’t hang around long enough to make its way to the hair follicle.
In extreme cases, specialized tests can be used to test for salvinorin A, the drug’s active ingredient. These tests include:
- Gas chromatography/mass spectrometry – used in urine, saliva, or blood
- Liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry – used in urine or blood
- High performance liquid chromatography/atmospheric pressure chemical ionization – used in blood or urine
It can be hard to prove an addiction to salvia. It’s also difficult to prove the presence of the drug in the body. It’s crucial to understand that there are multiple factors at play that could have a hand in drug testing ability:
- The user’s weight, height, and size can affect the time the drug lasts in their system
- The amount of the drug used will determine how long it stays in their system
- The user’s metabolic speed will help to break down the drug faster or slower
How Does Someone Detox from Salvia?
Detoxing from salvia involves a cut-off from the substance under close professional watch to ensure the user’s safety. Many detox experiences begin with a withdrawal, which can include a number of unpleasant side effects. Going through withdrawal at a facility that can provide specialty medical attention is crucial for your loved one to have as bearable of an experience as possible.
After the withdrawal period is over, one must learn how to transition back into a sober life. Without a proper transition, it’s easy to fall back into the same patterns of use and abuse.
If your loved one has gone through detox and is ready to start their sober living journey, please call our advisors to learn more about how New Life House can help.
How Can New Life House Help?
New Life House is not a rehab facility. Rather, it’s a sober living community that keeps its members in age-specific communities that foster healthy behaviors and sober lives for young men. Our facility provides young men with the proper tools and resources to live a productive and happy life, regardless of temptations to abuse salvia.
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