IntroductionSalvia divinorum (also known as Diviner's Sage, Ska María Pastora, Seer's Sage, and informally by just its genus name, Salvia) is a psychoactive plant which can induce "visions" and other hallucinatory experiences. Its native habitat is in cloud forest in the isolated Sierra Mazateca of Oaxaca, Mexico, where it grows in shady and moist locations.
Botanists have not determined whether Salvia divinorum is a cultigen or a hybrid; native plants reproduce vegetatively, rarely producing viable seed.
Effects Salvia divinorumThe principal compounds of salvia divinorum are salvinorin A en salvinorin B. The main compound salvinorin A is currently the strongest isolated hallucinogenic substance known. Depending on dosage, the effects can vary from a subtle to a full-blown psychedelic experience. At higher dose users report dramatic time distortion, vivid imagery, encounters with beings, travel to other places, planets or times, experiencing to be an object or experiencing the full life of another individual.
A survey of salvia users found that 38% described the effects as unique in comparison to other methods of altering consciousness.
How to use Salvia divinorumDry leaves can be smoked in a pipe but most users prefer the use of a water pipe to cool the smoke. The temperature required to release salvinorin from the plant material is quite high, about 240°C. A cooler flame will work but the direct application of a more intense flame such as that of a torch lighter is often preferred.
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