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Diviners’ Sage: Herb of Healing and Divination

Salvia Divinorum is a genus of Sage which is a member of the Lamiaceae family of plants (originally called Labiatae).  It also includes some common herbs as oregano, thyme and basil and many other ornamentals. Since Sages are part of the mint family, Salvia Divinorum is sometimes called as a mint or Mexican Mint due to its Mexican origin.

For ages mainly of the world’s civilizations have make the most of a variety of herbs to assist a divine connection. By tradition Salvia Divinorum is mainly used to initiate and facilitate shamanic practice by Mazatec Indians of the Sierra Mazateca region of Oaxaca, Mexico. They call it by a number of names, most commonly ‘Ska Maria Pastora’ or ‘leaves of the Virgin Mary, the Shepherdess’. Aside from being used as a tool for divination like finding lost objects, Salvia Divinorum is also used in healing rituals and for treating common ailments such as headaches, migraines, stomach upsets, constipation, diarrhea, colds, sore throats.

Interpreted, the biological name of Salvia Divinorum is “Sage of the Diviners” or “Diviners’ Sage” which is the literal term of method implied on how the Mazatec Indians of the Northern Mountains in Oaxaca, Mexico have utilized it for hundreds of years because of its ability to supply an experience which has been illustrated as a divine state of consciousness.

From the studies that have been done on Salvia Divinorum, it was found to have incredible benefit in the aid of many health problems.  Also, it is used to effectively lessen depression. A lot of other medical possibilities lay unexplored up till now.  Pharmaceutical companies are trying to produce a non-hallucinogenic version of Salvanorin A that contain psychotherapeutic compounds which could treat disorders portrayed by perceptual distortions such as schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s, dementia and bipolar disorders. It is revealed that Salvia Divinorum is the sole source of Salvinorin A  which is also the only diterpenoid compound known to act at the kappa opioid receptors of the brain and possibly propose hope for use as an anaesthetic especially for those usually allergic to existing medicines.

Although the information related to Salvia – the legal hallucinogen is quiet constrained but this doesn’t stop people to venture the drug and taste its pleasures.

An Awake Nightmare!

I recently secured a gram of 30x Salvia Divinorum through an online vendor, and having read numerous online accounts of this bizzare legal psychedelic, and for the most part assumed the stories were greatly exagerated, or told by people with limited tripping experience, I wanted to try the strongest I could find.

Wow, was I wrong, Salvia Divinorum is a mind-freak of the HIGHEST order, and should NEVER be taken without extensive research and precaution.

The absolute minimum level of safety has to include a sitter and a soft, if not padded room!

I will attempt to summarize my experience as briefly as I can, but the sure gravity of that experience CANNOT be understated.

Well, having read the online warnings and anecdotes, I was very careful, so I thought, to be in a safe environment, i.e. my couch, with a sober and attentive babysitter at my side.

I packed a glass bowl with maybe 1/4 gram, took about the biggest hit I could without choking, and sat back on the couch, holding it in as long as I could before slowly letting it out.

Within 20-30 seconds the effects became OVERWHELMING, the last thing I said out loud to my sitter was “oh, I can see it…” or something to that effect.

Basically, from one hit, and within half a minute I was FULL blown PEAKING on the most intense trip imaginable.

Unexplainable, indescribable, mind-altering psycho-f—!

My mind/ego no longer existed in 2 of the 4 dimensions, there was no time and no left or right. By no left or right I mean the concept of left as being different from right, or vice-versa was impossible, I felt like I was in 2 dimensions and thinned out to one atom thick. Time did not seem to move forward or back, or exist as a dimension at all. I now existed on a one sided plane without any awarness of being in a body whatsoever, except a slight feeling or being paralyzed physically, though I dont think I actually was.

I became fused within the inanimate world and was no longer a physical entity, only a 2 dimensional consciousness with no body.

I could not see my body and no longer knew where I was.

Most importantly to note is this, I was absolutely TERRIFIED, and later realized that I had never been truly scared until that moment. I was being washed away into oblivion one atom at a time and was crying out to my sitter for help, “Please, save me, no save yourself, get away, it will get you too”.

When I began to come back, my left side felt unbearable hot, and my right side freezing cold. I was pale, shaking, and covered from head to toe in a thick sheen of cold sweat.

Strangely, it lasted ONLY about 4 minutes (240 seconds), and nothing seemed that unusual to my sitter, I just looked really confused and pale, but none of what I thought I was saying was actually out loud, I could not speak or move…total psychological paralysis coupled with absolute fear and loathing in Colorado!

If you ever experiment with this legal sage, be advised, it does not compare in any way shape or form with anything I have ever taken, and I have taken nearly all of them!.

Salvia Divinorum makes LSD seem like beer, and that is not an exaggeration.

In a nutshell, it induced a fully awake nightmare of the most terrifying nature, yet somehow I want more.

Although I did swear NEVER to take Sally again after I came to, one wonders what doors it could open…

Salvia Divinorum

Salvia Divinorum or Diviner’s Sage belongs to the salvia genus. It has got dissociative effects. Salvia divinorum is a latin name which means “sage of the seers”.

It is used as visionary states of consciousness in spiritual healing by Mazatec shamans. Normally found in parts of Oaxaca, Mexico. It grows well in shaded, isolated and moist plots. It’s length is normally over one meter. It’s physical appearance is hollow square stems, large green leaves and sometimes white and purple flowers. It is regarded as a cultigen.

Diterpenoid or salvinorin is it’s main psychoactive constituent. It is a potent κ-opioid receptor agonist. Salvinorin A is the only natural substance which induces visionary state. The method of intake of salvia divinorum are chew, smoke or taken as a tincture. It’s effects ranges from uncontrollable laughter to much more intense altered states. These effects of salvia divinorum lasts only for a few minutes as compared to other psychedelics. The intake of salvia divinorum effects as reported till date are increased feeling of insight, an improved mood, a sense of calmness, and an increased sense of connection with nature. Some of the users have also reported side effects of unpleasant or uncomfortable mood. Though it is never regarded as toxic or addictive substance rather is can be used as therapeutic tool for curing drug addictions.

Uses of Salvia

Uses of Salvia

There are many different methods of using salvia which I am outlining below. I am not recommending any particular method for anyone. This is just a list of existing ways of salvia intake. One should do proper study and experiments before sticking to any intake method for healing purposes.

Administration of Salvia:

  1. Smoke
  2. Infusion
  3. Chewing
  4. Vaporization
  5. Swallow
  6. Sublingual

Smoke:

The most common method of salvia use is smoke. This is one of the recommended mode of taking salvia. But smoking over dosages can cause various kinds of side effects to individuals. The best procedure is to start smoking in small dosages. This way you will know your physical tolerance of salvia. If you follow this process then smoking gives the best healing effect. Smoking of salvia is only for healing purposes and not solely for smoking purposes.

Infusion:

In infusion, juices are extracted by rubbing the leaves together. This juice is then taken by mixing with water. However, this is not a recommended method of taking salvia since water dilutes the juice and lowers it’s strength.

Chewing:

In this method, leaves are rolled together and chewed. This is a good method of taking salvia but swallowing sometimes induces nausea. The main advantage is chewing is that the juice is directly absorbed by the blood stream and therefore the effect lasts longer then any other methods of intake.

Vaporization:

Taking salvia in a vaporized form is to make things simple for lungs. It should be taken in small dosages like in smoking.
Swallow:

Apart from traditional Mazatec drink, this is a less effective way of taking salvia.

Sublingual:

There are a few more effective oral intake method like tinctures/elixirs, soft extracts, and hard extracts. After intake, it starts showing it’s effects after 10-20 minutes. The quickly reaches the toppest level of effect and lasts from around 30 minutes to 2 hours. The whole process can last as long as 3 hours.

Salvia Divinorum Plantation

Grown from:

Normally grow from seeds. But since seeds are not easily available everywhere other way of plantation is by using stem cuttings. One of the major challenges in stem cutting plantation is to determine the part which will go down into the soil. Therefore, Stem cuttings are selected carefully from a salvia plant. The stems that have new shoots are cut. The tip with new shoots will be up and the other side will be under soil. Another method to avoid this dilemma will be to place the step on soil sideways. Make the prominent shooting part point up and make the remaining two-third portion of stem wet with water including the soil.

When the new shoot starts growing, it’s the time for plantation in outdoor or indoor, depending upon your choice and available facility.

Growth environment:

This can be done in two ways:

  1. Indoor: This is normally achieved by creating humidity chambers and tents. Grows throughout the year because same environment can be maintained indoor. Since the salvia divinorum normally grows up to 3 meters in height, it is always advisable to plant the plants in considerably large vessel.
  1. Outdoor: May die out during fall and winter. If your outdoor environment is hot humid and damp only then it is advisable to do salvia plantation outdoors.

Soil requirement:

The soil must be kept damped. You need to be careful in doing so. Over watering can cause roots of rot.

Climatic requirement:

Salvia requires a hot and humid climatic to flourish. Salvia divinorum requires very little light. From 20-50% light exposure is enough for it’s proper growth. Recommended temperature is around 20 degree celcius.

Look after:

We can use nitrogen based fertilizers to help salvia divinorum growth. For root growth you can use potassium fertilizers. Use of fertilizers or urea can cause ammonia gas to produce, which is very dangerous gas for salvia divinorum. Proper ventilation is required to avoid accumulation of ammonia gas.

How to Buy Salvia Divinorium

Salvia Divinorum is an extremely powerful psychoactive herb. The demand graph of this herb has always been rising up but what people are not aware of is how to purchase Salvia Divinorum. When the question arises, how to purchase Salvia Divinorum, they generally get confused. The answer to this question is the best method is by obtaining proper knowledge. One should be aware about the legalities involved in purchasing of Salvia as it is considered illegal in certain countries. Moreover, how the herb is going to be used is another important factor to be considered before Salvia is bought. It is generally used for smoking, swallowing &chewing and vaporizing. So how to purchase Salvia Divinorum majorly depends on how it is going to be used. Keeping in mind the above mentioned factors, one should choose the right Salvia seller. It is very important to do proper research and compare different sellers. One should consider company’s reputation, history, delivery speed and customer service. One should also check the extraction process of Salvia as standard process of Salvia extraction is quiet expensive as no chemicals are used in this case. If the process of extraction is not consistent and crude, then the final product may contain containments like waxes, oils and tar. Besides, crude extractions often include different types of solvents which stay in the final product and harm the health. Therefore, it is very important to examine the extraction process while purchasing Salvia Divinorum. Thereby, if someone follows the suggestions mentioned here, then it would be easier for him to purchase Salvia Divinorum.

The Healing Power of Salvia Divinorum

Salvia has approximately 1000 species all over the world but Salvia Divinorum is considered the best vision including species. According to some scientists Salvia Divinorum has healing powers. Many research studies states that healing powers of Salvia Divinorum is very astonishing as it can help in curing a number of diseases.

The healing power of Salvia Divinorum is tremendous as it can be safely used under medical supervision. According to various medical researches, Salvia can be used to cure alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, depression, insomnia, stress, AIDS, digestion, cancer, chronic pain etc.

According to Thomas Prisinzano (University of Iowa) who is an assistant Professor of medicinal & natural products chemistry, healing power of Salvia Divinorum could be used to free a person from the addiction of cocaine. The reports states that “You can give a rat free access to cocaine, give them free access to Salvinorin A, and they stop taking cocaine.” Professor Bryan L Roth who is the Director at National Institute on Mental Health’s Psychoactive Drug Screening Program, supported Thomas Prisinzano and said, “We think that drugs derived from the active ingredient could be useful for a range of diseases: Alzheimer’s, depression, schizophrenia, chronic pain and even AIDS or HIV.”

Healing powers of Salvia Divinorum could also be measured by its traditional usage by Mazatech Indians who used it for providing relief from rheumatism, anemia and headache. The future of this herb seems to be very promising in the field of medicine. So if this herb won’t be classed as Schedule A type drug then the healing powers of Salvia Divinorum could create many medical histories.

Side Effects of Salvia Divinorum

Salvia Divinorum is a perennial herb from Mexico which belongs to the labiate (mint) family. People consume the herb as they are unaware of the side effects of Salvia Divinorum. It is generally consumed for smoking or chewing. The side effect of Salvia Divinorum largely depends on the size of the dose.

Increased insight, better mood and greater empathy along with boosted self confidence are some of the side effects of Salvia Divinorum. It also alters behavior and perception. This can be dangerous as times as the person may injure himself or others by running over things around him. According to the users of Salvia, they experience a pleasant mood followed by weird thoughts. These effects are generally short term in nature.

Some scientists claim that the long term side effects are Salvia Divinorum are quiet harmful for a human body and mind. According to reports and study by William A. Carlezon et al using ‘Forced-Swim tests’, the herb may have ‘Depressive like effects’. According to another research, if Salvia is used for a long frame of time then the herb may have strong physiological effects. However, the herb – Salvia Divinorum has very low potential as an addictive drug.

It is said that there are some short term side effects of Salvia Divinorum on a human body but there is no evidence of long term side effects. The research on this subject has been very limited and thereby the knowledge about the side effects of Salvia Divinorum is also very minimal.

Salvia Extracts An Overview

Salvia Divinorum is a unique ethnobotanical herb with powerful psychoactive properties. Generally, Salvia extracts is consumed for smoking and chewing. Salavia extracts comes with many benefits and some mild side effects.

Salvia extracts has been used for many years by Mazatec Indians for medical as well as entertainment purpose. It is believed that the herb successfully helped in proving mental joy to people. Medically, it also helped in curing headache, anemia and rheumatism. Though it has been used by the eastern world for many years but it is a new concept for western world. Salvia extracts has gained popularity recently because of the increased vision induced experiences.

Salvia extracts induce many physical and mental experiences. On may experience better mood, greater empathy, high self confidence and increased insight. One may also feel like travelling back and forward in time or feel weightless with a wish to fly in the sky. Users have also given feedback of meeting divine and feeling of oneness.

The herb is generally grown organically without the use of any pesticides and harmful chemicals or nicotine. The standard process of extraction is quiet expensive but provides a premium quality of Salvia extract.

Salvia is the only vision inducing legal herd available in the market. The demand of Salvia extracts has been growing lately because of its effects. This herb is neither addictive nor very harmful for the human body; therefore most of the countries have also legalized the used of the herb except than Australia.

Legal Issues With Salvia

Salvia Divinorum has gained popularity in the recent time and has caught attention of many people globally. The psychoactive drug has a number of rumors attached to it regarding its benefits and side effects. And this situation has lead to a chaos about the legal issues related to Salvia Divinorum.

The current scenario related to legal status of Salvia Divinorum is very concerning to its users. Many countries and states have legalized Salvia products but there are few countries and states like Australia where Salvia Divinorum is considered illegal.

In Us and UK Salvia Divinorum is not considered illegal and is not regulated by any act. But there are few states within USA which have passed their own law and have banned Salvia Divinorum in their states.

The irony of the situation is that the law has banned Salvia Divinorum plant but has not banned Salvorin A which is the hallucinogenic ingredient of the plant which enhances vision. Thus even if the plant is illegal, Salvorin A which is contained in the plant itself is legal.

Where there are states which have banned Salvia, there are some European countries like Denmark and Belgium which have neither banned nor allowed Salvia. They only control the purchase limit of Salvia Divinorum in their country.

Today, 90% of the countries have legalized Salivia Divinorum but within the country there are different laws for different states. Therefore, before purchasing Salvia Divinorum one should check the laws about using the herb in his state or country.