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Everything You Need to Know About Salvia Divinorum

Updated on April 28, 2014

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 leafs of Salvia Divinorum on you, you will probably get arrested, but you will be released by court, because there is no law yet banning the use or the possession of this plant. Some see it as a very harmful plant, other 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.

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Uses of Salvia Divinorum

The Mazatec Shamans, the ones who initially used the plant, crush the leafs 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. This method of consuming Salvia is very popular today; in fact, 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 consume 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 has to be 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 recommendation. Don’t take it at a party, because you can be completely surprised by its unusual effects.

How Salvia Divinorum is Ingested

Salvia Divinorum has different levels of effect. Depending on the quantity you consume and its potency. The safest two methods of consuming Salvia Divinorum are smoking and drinking. If you drink Salvia Divinorum, you should drink it in the company of someone who has done it before you, because there are a few risks.

The extract that you dissolve in water must be absorbed by your tongue if you want to obtain the right effect, so you have to keep it in your mouth before swallowing it. The advantage is that you can’t swallow more than you initially decided to, but the disadvantage is that you have to clearly know for how long to keep it on your tongue. When kept for too long, it can produce burns to your mouth and your tongue; pain will also appear in this case.

Another method of ingesting the Salvia Divinorum is by smoking it. The dry leafs can be transformed into a cigarette. Remember: this is not the type of cigarette that you smoke on your lunch break or while driving in your car!!The effects can be very different, depending on the plant from where you obtained your leafs and its quality: you can either obtain a very relaxing effect or the one known as “out of your body”. The “out of your body” effect is a very powerful hallucination; we have evidence of people who started to believe they were animals after the use of Salvia Divinorum.

Last but not least, you can also consume Salvia Divinorum as a tincture. This method has the most powerful effect; you have to put it under your tongue, but it is very dangerous. The burns that this type of consuming produces are worse than those produced after drinking, so be careful when you take the decision. Regardless of the method you decide to use, keep in mind the fact that Salvia Divinorum can have very harmful effects for your body and mind. 

Growing Salvia Divinorum in your own house

The fact that this plant has effects similar to those generated by very expensive drugs, many people grow it in their homes. However, it is not a very simple process.

An adult plant of Salvia Divinorum rarely produces seeds, so it would be advisable to start with a Salvia cutting and with a very positive attitude that you can do it, otherwise your plant will die as fast as it took to put it in the pot. Even though you have a Salvia Divinorum seed, don’t expect it to grow; only 1% of the seeds reach the point when they germinate, so it is a total waste of time and money.

Even if you find websites offering salvia seeds for sale, don’t buy; most of them are not salvia seeds and with those that really are, you already know what happens. This plant has a lot of very unique characteristics and this makes it very difficult to grow; if you have more than one Salvia Divinorum cuttings, out them into a glass of water before putting them into a pot. The glass should not contain more than two inches of water. Remember, you should put every cutting into another glass, because if something wrong happens to one of them, it can’t spoil the others.

In just two weeks, the roots will be big enough to be placed into a pot. The temperature in the room where you grow your salvia should be between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit and the humidity should not be below 50% if you want your plant to grow.

Every once in a while change it in a different pot, as it starts growing; however, when you do this, remember the fact that it is a very sensible plant and it will stop growing for a while after you change its place, because it needs a period of time to accommodate with the new environment. If you manage to reach the level of changing its pot, your Salvia Divinorum will survive and it can grow into a three meters high plant.

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