What is Salvia?
Salvia is a perennial herb that is a part of the mint family. It is commonly found in southern Mexico, Central America and South America. The plant has large green leaves with white and purple flowers that typically grow in large clusters to more than 3 feet in height.
The active ingredient in the salvia herb is salvinorin A, a chemical that acts on certain receptors in the brain and causes hallucinations. Salvinorin A is one of the most potent naturally occurring hallucinogenic chemicals.
How is Salvia Used?
Salvia is sold in various forms. It can be sold as seeds, leaves or as a liquid extract. Fresh leaves can be chewed, causing a high within 5 to 10 minutes. Dried leaves can be smoked as a joint, in a water pipe or vaporized and inhaled. When smoked, the drug can take effect within 30 seconds. Drinking the liquid extract will also cause a high.
written by barbara poncelet