Salvia divinorum (also known as sage of the diviners, ska maría pastora, seer’s sage, yerba de la pastora or simply salvia) is a plant species with transient psychoactive properties when its leaves are consumed by chewing, smoking or as a tea. The leaves contain opioid-like compounds that induce hallucinations.
Salvia is a drug that produces visual hallucinogenic effects similar to those people can experience with narcotics such as LSD. Some users claim that they have mystical and spiritual experiences after taking it.
Salvia, or Salvia divinorum, is an herbal mint plant and a naturally occurring hallucinogen that is native to Mexico. It is a member of the sage family. People use it as a recreational drug.
There are concerns that salvia may affect a person’s thinking, choices, and mental health. The long-term impact of using it remains unclear.
In this article, we find out what salvia is, how it works, and explain the effects and risks of taking it as a recreational drug.
It has become popular as a recreational drug among adolescents and young adults. It is fast acting and thought to have a low incidence of side effects.
Also, it has a low addiction potential, people can easily obtain it, and they do not consider it highly toxic.
However, it may involve some risks, and the long-term effects are unclear.
Mazatec Indians have used this for centuries for spiritual divination, shamanism, and medical practices.
Salvia’s active ingredient is salvinorin A, a kappa opioid receptor (KOR) agonist.