Salvia divinorum is a psychoactive herb that produces brief but extremely intense hallucinations when used, generally via smoking. For centuries, indigenous groups throughout the Americas have used salvia for religious purposes, but in the past few decades, an increasing number of people have begun using it recreationally. Dozens of videos of people under salvia’s effects have appeared on social media sites like YouTube. Common slang terms for salvia include “sally-d,” “magic mint” and “diviner’s sage.”
Sovereign Health understands the underlying problems that can lead a person to turn to salvia for relief. We offer a wide variety of treatment programs that address both drug abuse and the underlying mental conditions that often drive people toward salvia abuse.
In the form it’s usually abused in, salvia looks like chopped-up green leaves, but it can also come in a liquid concentrate. Users can chew, smoke and vaporize the plant. As for salvia addiction, research by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) suggests salvia use does not lead to dependence or addiction. Salvia’s legal status is also complex: Although many states have scheduled salvia as an illegal drug, it’s decriminalized or legal in a handful of states.
Given salvia’s long history of use for spiritual purposes and reports of its promise as a treatment for diseases including Alzheimer’s disease and post-traumatic stress disorder, it can be easy to dismiss salvia as a relatively harmless, nonaddictive substance. This is a mistake.
Salvia dramatically and quickly alters perception, especially for someone who’s exposed to it without their full awareness or consent. Salvia trips can involve the loss of consciousness and memory. Although salvia’s effects last only a short while, it’s enough time to cause a person under the drug’s effects to roll around on the floor giggling – or jump through a window to escape a perceived danger.