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 divinorumThe traditional Mazatec indian method of consuming salvia is chewing and holding the leaves under the tongue for 15 - 20 minutes and then spitting it out. It's not the most efficient method and requires 8 to 20 leaves. The onset is slower than typical, at roughly 20 minutes.
Another method is heating 0.5 g (about one large leaf) to 250°C. With this method, the onset is very quick: 30 - 180 seconds.
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