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Salvia

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Also known as

Holy Sage, Mexican Magic Mint, Eclipse.

About

  • Salvia Divinorum is a herb in the mint family native to southern Mexico. It contains psychoactive chemicals that produce hallucinogenic experiences.
  • The effects are short lived and tend to be dose-dependent. Experiences can vary from fairly mild hallucinations to extremely powerful hallucinations.
  • Higher doses can cause the user to experience psychedelic-like changes in visual perception, mood and body sensations and feelings of detachment.

Appearance

Salvia is usually sold in dried leaf form.

Method of use

Salvia can be ingested by chewing on fresh leaves. The dried leaves of salvia can also be smoked in a pipe or in a rolled cigarette.

Risks

  • You do not know whether you will have a good or bad trip until you take salvia.
  • Trips can feed off your imagination and may heighten a mood you’re already in. So if you are in a bad mood, feeling worried or depressed, salvia may just make these feelings worse.
  • Although the effects are short lived, the hallucinations may be very intense and frightening.
  • Whilst under the influence of salvia your perception of your body and the world can be distorted, which can leave you vulnerable to accidents or other dangers.
  • Concerns have been raised that salvia can trigger or exacerbate mental health problems.
  • As the effects of salvia have not been thoroughly investigated, the consequences of long term use are still largely unknown.

Keeping safe

  • If you choose to use salvia, then use it in a safe environment and in the company of someone you, trust. Ideally, this person will not have used the the substance themselves and will be in a position to get help if things go wrong.
  • Take small amounts first to test strength and effects, start low and go slow.
  • The use of salvia with alcohol or other substances should be avoided.
  • Avoid using salvia if you are aware of any existing mental health problems.
  • Don’t use when feeling anxious, tired or low in mood as you may be more likely to experience a bad trip.

Legal status

  • Although salvia has been legal in the past, since the Psychoactive Substances Act came into effect on 26th May 2016, it is now illegal to supply or import salvia for human consumption.
  • Possession of a psychoactive substance which falls under this Act, such as salvia, will not be an offence, except in prisons.