Salvia divinorum

NB! Drugs effects vary according to the psychological state and the health of the person concerned, the context in which the drug is taken as well as the quality of the drug and the quantity consumed.

Description

Salvia divinorum is a variety of sage originating in Mexico of which the active principle is salvinorine A. Also called “salvia”, “Lady Sally” or “Sally-D”, the dried leaves may be smoked, infused or chewed (traditional uses).

Salvia divinorum is a psychoactive substance which is:

  • illegal
  • natural
  • hallucinogenic.

Desired effects

  • State of relaxation
  • Journey within oneself
  • Perception distortions (time and space), hallucinations and stimulation of the senses

Physical symptoms

  • Increase in blood pressure and body temperature
  • Dilation of the pupils

Immediate risks

  • Fainting, loss of consciousness with the risk of injuring oneself
  • Badly coordinated movements, speech difficulties, loss of short-term memory
  • Dizziness, disorientation, headaches, insomnia
  • Panic attacks, agitation, complete loss of control of one’s emotions (“bad trip”)

Long-term risks

Salvia divinorum is a hallucinogenic substance for which the long-term effects on the brain and body are not well known.

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