Salvia is an hallucinogenic drug that has been gaining a lot of attention in the media lately. Users smoke a concentrated version of a plant extract or chew the leaves — though smoking is considerably more potent — in an attempt to reach a three to five minute ‘high’ or trip. The effects are similar to those experienced by users of LSD in that hallucinations are common, but the differences, though subtle, are very noticeable.

So what exactly are the effects of Salvia?

The full name of Salvia is Salvia Divinorum and it differs from the rest of the Salvia family of plants in that it has psychoactive properties. The name Diviner’s Sage comes from the fact that, in the past, people have used it to reach their spiritual side.

Salvia’s psychoactive ingredient is known as Salvinorin A which is the only known naturally occurring ingredient that has hallucinogenic properties.

The immediate effects of a strong dose of Salvia can include:

  • Uncontrollable laughter or fits of giggles
  • Regression and the retrieval of old memories
  • Overlapping realities
  • Outer-body experiences
  • Visual and aural Hallucinations

Medium-term effects are reported to be a heightened state of awareness, calmness and happiness. There are no known long-term effects.

The benefits and dangers of Salvia are relatively unknown and researchers and scientists are still trying to find out more about its properties. If, as seems likely, Salvia is banned across the US, this research will likely be scuppered. There have been no known fatalities directly relating to the use of Salvia in any of its forms, but the parents of one Delaware teen who tragically took his own life blamed his frequent Salvia use on their loss. It is partly the anguish of thisteen’s parents that has push Salvia into the limelight and caused it to take the brunt of the Lawmakers’ pens.

Whatever the situation in the future, it is the case that Salvia is currently legal in most US States, and in almost all countries across the world.