Salvia Divinorum: Sage of the Diviners
Salvia Divinorum is native to the cloud forest in Mexico. Salvia Divinorum is also known as sage of the diviners or just salvia. It ranks as one of the strongest natural psychoactive plants. It is a hallucinogen, and can produce strong visuals, which can sometimes lead to psychosis. The plant can grow over one meter high, and produces large leaves with occasional white flowers.
The main active ingredient is a diterpenoid called salvinorin A, and it is the first documented hallucinogenic diterpenoid. Salvinorin A is a k-opioid, and since k-opioids act against addiction, it can be used as a strong addiction treatment. Furthermore, salvia is not known to be toxic to humans, but a high dose can cause temporary psychosis, which can lead to dangerous behaviour.
Salvia has been used for centuries by the Mazatec, and they're still using it today. They use fresh leaves to induce shamanic visions of divinity. The Mazatec sees the plant as an incarnation of the Virgin Mary. They normally consume the leaves in a quiet place, because they believe that salvia speaks to them with a quiet voice. It's also used by the Mazatec to treat different ailments including diarrhea, headaches and a disease known as panzón de borrego, which translates to "swollen belly".
Salvia has become increasingly more popular in modern cultures. Salvia is still legal in most countries, and therefore, people can buy plants, dried leaves and extracts on the internet and at their local nurseries. Hospitals and medical experts have not been reporting any salvia-related health concerns, but salvia has been attracting negative attention from the media and lawmakers.
Some will argue that DMT is the strongest natural hallucinogen known to man, and while this is true, salvia is still the strongest natural hallucinogen by mass. Salvia's hallucinogenic properties should not be confused with toxicity. As mentioned earlier, salvia is not known to be toxic to any organs, and research has shown that rodents exposed to high dosages show no signs of any organ damage.
Salvia can be smoked or eaten, but smoking salvia usually produces stronger effects. The effects are short-lived when salvia is smoked but it's much more intense. Like most other psychedelics, the effects may vary from person to person. The main effects that most people experience include uncontrollable laughter, revisiting past memories, the feeling of being pulled by forces, overlapping realities, merging with objects, synesthetic experiences, and some people have been reported to speak in tongues. Salvia produces a lot of effects and each person may experience these effects in their own unique way. The after-effects may include a feeling of calmness, weird thoughts, a floating feeling, mind racing and feeling slightly lightheaded.
Salvia Divinorum is an exceptional plant that will expand you're consciousness beyond your own limits. It is amazing how strong natural substances can be, and salvia is an excellent example of just that. Sometimes one of the strongest hallucinogens can be found in your own garden.
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