Salvia (Salvia Divinorum) is a natural herbaceous perennial plant that is part of the sage family. Teens and experimental drug users have been smoking and ingesting leaves of the plant to experience a rapid and short-acting high. Salvia is legal in most countries and some levels of control are found within the United States. In California, Salvia is legal with age restrictions. Salvia is often purchased at health food stores, smoke shops and can be grown in warm climates.
Due to easy accessibility and a misconception that Salvia is relatively safe, there has been an uprising of use in teens and young adults. There are several immediate health risks associated with using Salvia. The unknown long-term effects of Salvia use are just as alarming.
There are several routes of administration when using Salvia. The leaves of the Salvia plant can be chewed, smoked, vaporized or inhaled. The fresh leaves of the Salvia plant can be used in two ways: chewing the leaves or drinking the juice extracted from the leaves. The dried leaves of the Salvia plant can be smoked, vaporized or inhaled.
Due to the rapid and short-term hallucinogenic high experienced, Salvia is most commonly used in experimental situations rather than as a social party drug. As with any hallucinogenic effects experienced from a drug, the risks are high due to the inability to distinguish fantasy from reality.
The effects of Salvia are usually instant. The effects begin rapidly, within a minute and generally begin to fade between 5 and 10 minutes. Salvia affects different areas of the brain: the parietal lobe, the limbic system and overall vestibular function. Common side effects are: uncontrollable laughter, dizziness, chills, loss of coordination, slurred speech, decreased heart rate, changes in vision, feelings of detachment and hallucinations. As the drug wears off, there have been reports of users thrashing their bodies around in a manner similar to that of a seizure – this poses a threat to both the user and those around them. Salvia is especially dangerous to users suffering from mental illness by causing a relapse or induced psychosis. All these side effects pose serious health risks. The long-term effects of Salvia remain unknown.
Due to both the dangerous known side-effects and unknown long-term effects of Salvia, if you or someone you know needs help, do not hesitate to contact us at (888)357-7577.