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Interesting Facts About Salvia Divinorum

Updated on November 8, 2020

Salvia Divinorum and Its Origins

Salvia Divinorum is one of the plants in the mint family, called Lamiaceae; it is actually the largest genus in this family, having more than 700 types of species. The origin of the name is Latin, “salvere”, which means to save or to heal. Salvia Divinorum is known as a psychoactive plant because, if consumed, it can create dissociative effects.

Due to the psychoactive effects, people have used it in religious and healing processes, especially the Mazatec shamans. The Mazatec shamans are thought to be those who first used Salvia, as they live exactly in those places where Salvia Divinorum grows, that is, Sierra Mazateca, Mexico.

Salvia Divinorum - Legal or Not?

When you are caught with leaves of Salvia Divinorum on you, you will probably get arrested, but you will be released by the court because there is no law yet banning the use or possession of this plant. Some see it as a very harmful plant, the others believe it to be sacred because the Mazatec Shamans use it in healing rituals.

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Pros and Cons for Salvia Divinorum

Some see this plant as a harmful one because it is one of the components of certain drugs; people who have lost one of their dear ones because of drug abuse have started a fight in order to ban Salvia Divinorum from being commercialized. Others see it as one of the most important plants thanks to its healing powers, a real gift from gods.

Uses of Salvia Divinorum

The Mazatec Shamans, the ones who initially used the plant, crush the leaves and mix the juice they obtain with water; the sort of tea they prepare is one of the main components of a healing ceremony because if you drink it, you will have hallucinations; the shamans confuse these hallucinations with visions.

Salvia Divinorum can also be smoked when it is dry. In 2007 the Drug Use and Health National Survey has shown that in 2006 almost 2 million persons starting with the age of 12 have smoked Salvia just in the US. Can you imagine the Global consumption of this plant? Even though the effects are not as powerful as in LSD, for example, they are very quick and precise; your state will be altered within two minutes after the consumption of the plant, regardless of the fact that you dilute it with water.

Some also use it as a tincture; the tincture is placed under the tongue and depending on its potency, it can create a very light effect or a very powerful hallucination. If you want to use Salvia Divinorum for fun, it is not a good idea; its effects are not similar to those generated by alcohol or well-known drugs such as cannabis.

Salvia is more of a meditation plant, a plant with a sacred purpose that should only be used under strict observation and medical guidance. Don’t take it at a party, because you can be completely surprised by its unusual effects.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


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