Published: December 30th, 2016
Categories: Plants and Seeds
The hallucinogenic plant Salvia divinorum has been used for centuries as a healing and divining medium. The psychoactive component salvinorin A contained in the leaves of Salvia divinorum binds to one of the opiate receptors which are active in human brain. This chemical binding results in a short yet very vivid hallucinogen effect. Salvia divinorum and salvinorin A are not listed as controlled substances in most countries.
After consuming Salvia divinorum, its effects begin in less than one minute, and usually last less than 30 minutes. Duration and intensity may vary from individual to individual. Small amounts of Salvia leaves brings on a calm psychedelic experience, yet perfectly able to induce a radical perspective shifting in travelers. An increase in sensuality and aesthetic sensitivity is likely, together with minor visual hallucinations of various patterns and shapes, especially with closed eyes. A deeper insight into personal thoughts, issues or visions can also be achieved. It is possible to perceive different dimensions and alternate realities, or to feel the presence of other entities. The peaceful and pleasant afterglow of a Salvia trip can last hours or days.
Large doses of Salvia divinorum leaves or strong extracts can lead to a state of more intense hallucinations, such as sensations of floating, flying, twisting and spinning through time and space. Heaviness, lightness or soreness of the body can also be experimented. This herb can also cause fast emotional changes, and its trip can mimic some kinds of psychosis. The Salvia tripper tends to isolate from other people, and her/his experience is an individual meditation rather than a social event. Noise, light or other distractions can interrupt the psychedelic effect.
Salvia divinorum's psychedelic action is short in time, with little negative effects after the trip. Driving or working under the influence of this plant is obviously dangerous, and its public use is risky. Salvia's mental and physical effects can’t be fully predictable, thus if you are starting a trip you need a sober mate on your side.
There have been no reports of serious health problems as results of Salvia divinorum use. There is no evidence of addictive effects, or tolerance, or withdrawal syndrome. However, this plant can cause a loss of coordination together with perception changes, slurred speech, nausea, chills, laughter, lower heart rate. At high doses Salvia causes uncontrolled walking or standing. A few people encounter an overly intense experience, sometimes with fear and panic. The classical bad trip.