Salvia divinorum is a perennial herb in the mint family that is abused for its hallucinogenic effects.
What is its origin?
Salvia is native to certain areas of the Sierra Mazaleca region of Oaxaca, Mexico. It is one of several plants that are used by Mazatec Indians for ritual divination. Salvia divinorum plants can be grown successfully outside of this region. They can be grown indoors and outdoors, especially in humid semitropical climates.
What are common street names?
Common street names include: Maria Pastora, Sally-D, and Salvia
What does it look like?
The plant has spade-shaped variegated green leaves that look similar to mint. The plants themselves grow to more than three feet high, have large green leaves, hollow square stems, and white flowers with purple calyces.
How is it abused?
Salvia can be chewed, smoked, or vaporized.
What is its effect on the mind?
Psychic effects include perceptions of bright lights, vivid colors, shapes, and body movement, as well as body or object distortions. Salvia divinorum may also cause fear and panic, uncontrollable laughter, a sense of overlapping realities, and hallucinations. Salvinorin A is believed to be the ingredient responsible for the psychoactive effects of Salvia divinorum.
What is its effect on the body?
Adverse physical effects may include: Loss of coordination, dizziness, and slurred speech
What are its overdose effects?
Adverse physical effects may include lack of coordination, dizziness, and slurred speech.
Which drugs cause similar effects?
When Salvia divinorum is chewed or smoked, the hallucinogenic effects elicited are similar to those induced by other Schedule hallucinogenic substances.
Provided by Drugs of Abuse resource guide