Posts Tagged ‘Salvia’
Secrets of Salvia
Salvia Divinorum is a herbal product known to the world for centuries. It was also known as ‘Maria Pastora’ and is now used across the world. Salvia is derived from ‘Salvere’, a Latin word meaning ‘to heal’. It is used for medical purposes as well as a ‘psychedelic’ agent to provide recreation, relaxation and spiritual development.
The Salvia is available in various forms. It is available in seeds form which contains a high amount of protein fibre rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. These seeds can be consumed in the diet to provide protein supplement to the body. You can buy Salvia seeds from ‘Whole Foods’ who sell it under the name ‘Salba’, as a part of the mint family.
The other form of Salvia is available in oil extracted out of the herbs. The oil extract is heated in a blue flame with a lighter and the smoke emanating is inhaled and held inside as much as possible before releasing. The practice can be repeated number of times to achieve higher amount of psychedelic effects.
Various reports from users of Salvia extracts have indicated that it can produce out of world experience by its regular usage like fantasizing, peculiar dreaming, imagining extra terrestrial events, extreme calmness of the mind etc.
Salvia extract can be bought online from the website www.salviadragon.com
Salvia: Have you heard about the New Pot?
The media has been buzzing about Salvia, or Salvia Divinorum. This name is derived from its use in religious ceremonies, or divining, particularly by shamans in the Mazatec culture in Mexico. It grows in shady, moist areas of this mountainous region.
While most serious students of the historical and traditional uses of this drug will tell you it is not at all suitable as a recreational drug, young people in the United States are experimenting with this herb in record numbers. Parents are becoming concerned, and states are beginning to take measures toward criminalizing its use and cultivation.
It has been used historically in a very limited way to induce a meditative state, creating a psychedelic state similar to LSD but only lasting around 4-5 minutes. It is consumed much in the same ways as marijuana. It has very limited possibilities as a therapeutic drug, and most people who have ever used it in a larger dose will NEVER use it again. It can have a traumatic and terrifying psychological effect.
As Salvia continues to enjoy a celebrity status as curious young minds seek conscious altering substances that appear to be harmless, scientists and governmental agencies will more thoroughly examine the long-term effects of its use. The positive note about the use of salvia is that it does not produce a recreational type euphoria without what appears to be some terrifying consequences, also. Hopefully, this will discourage our younger population from its habitual use.
The Dark side of botany – Salvia discolor
Salvia discolor does not contain properties of evil but is considered the dark side of botany because of its rare black flowers. Salvias come in a diver set of colors purple, red, blue, and pink, but not many know of the other color black. Black Salvia is a native plant of Peru and has a life span every year lasting from April till the fall. Salvia discolor is also known as the Andean Leaf because the plant comes from Peru’s mountain the Andes.
Salvia plants make a great plant for gardens not only for coloring but also for the smell that it gives off. Some have compared its smell to black currants. The color of Salvia discolor is a beautiful set of black flowers and foliage that has a nice silver to it. However while it would be a nice plant to add to your garden the Salvia discolor does not come without its problems. This plant does not require much water and in fact its roots do not like it at all and some have even questioned its toughness to survive. However if treated right this plant has the high ability to survive due to its strong resistance to pest and diseases.
Maryland Resort Owners Seek Ban Of Hallucinogenic Salvia
Salvia divinorum is a plant in the sage family native to Mexico that causes short term hallucinations. It was used by aboriginal people as part of spiritual rites but has become increasingly popular in the United States as a recreational drug. Salvia is not banned nationally but is illegal in some states. In places where it is not a controlled substance it is often sold openly and with no restrictions. Salivia is usually chewed or smoked and the effect tends to be intense but very brief. While some may compare salvia to LSD the chemical properties are unrelated and salvia doesn’t seem to have any addictive properties associated with it. Users have described exposure to salvia as intensely mind altering without being frightening, but they recommend first timers be accompanied by a sober buddy who can help them remain calm if the experience is too intense. Outward signs of salvia use include uncontrollable laughter, loss of motor control and impaired speech. Many of those who advocate banning Salvia base their views on the fact that many of the same drug related paraphernalia legally sold for salvia use can also be used to smoke marijuana or crack cocaine, and concerns over the effect the drug may have on unsupervised minors.
Salvia Ban Gains Support in Ocean City
Leaders in Ocean City, MD are approaching the state legislature to encourage their support on legislation regulating salvia divinorum, the hallucinogenic plant that can be found in some shops near the Ocean City boardwalk.
The Drug Enforcement Agency, the federal body responsible for enforcing the law with regard to outlawed substances, says symptoms of salvia intoxication include visual hallucinations, dizziness, and altered speech. Previous efforts to curb recreational use of the drug, including a band initiated in the Maryland General Assembly, died on the floor in a session earlier this year.
Even the local purveyors of the substance, such as Tal Hodara who manages a shop which sells the substance, say that the drug induces hallucinations. Hodara sells small quantities of the drug, an herb, with $200 per cap-full being the going rate. Like other supporters of the drug, Hodara says it is safe and non-addictive.
The Drug Enforcement Agency, however, calls it a “concern”. Some Ocean City visitors and locals admit to being disturbed by the possibilities of a “drug” being sold openly on the street. Town leaders, however, are resolute and hope to see legislation submitted by delegate Jim Mathias, D-38B, pass and the substance be outlawed for all of Maryland’s residents.
If you are a scientist interested in the effect on hallucinogenic substances on the human brain, then you’re probably interested in the research that is going on over the world relating to the naturally occurring – and completely legal – hallucinogenic plant Salvia Divinorum. Salvia – or Sally D or Magic Mint as it is also known – is a plant that grows in Mexico. It has been used by the Mazatec Mexican shamans to help with the expansion of their spirituality for many many years.
If it can help to expand the spirituality of the Mexican Shamans, then what else can it do for us? This is the question that scientists really are desperate to know the answer to. The way that Salvia effects the brain is unique, you see, and there really is so very little known about it that the world has no idea as to the short or long term effects of Salvia usage.
In some ways this lack of knowledge could be one to cause alarm, in others it is a world of rich opportunities: some scientists, for instance, have discovered that the way Salvia causes the brain to react can be used to help find out just what is going on in there when a patient suffers from a degenerative mental illness like Alzheimer’s or other mental problems.
I saw the results of an interesting test recently. The test was far from scientific in so many ways, but what it did was attempt to quantify just what it was that Salvia made you feel when you took it. Perhaps unsurprisingly to anyone that has tried Salvia more than once, the results were varied.
Some people thought that Salvia made their concentration decrease; others claimed that it actually increased concentration. Some felt relaxed while others ended up agitated. A lot of people claimed that Salvia helped to increase their feeling of connection with the Universe, but I’m really not sure what that means, so I won’t be reading too much into it!
The fact is that Salvia is a completely subjective drug; if you take it twice then you will have two different experiences. If you take it on your own you will have a different experience than what you would have if you were to take it with another person. The trip is affected by the amount you take and how quickly it affects you… and so on. I strongly suspect that if the respondents in this case were to undertake the interview after taking Salvia again then their responses would be completely different!
I am a regular Salvia user and I am thrilled to hear that scientists are really interested in my favourite hallucinogenic drug. I thought that this might mean that the US government and the state politicians would reconsider the many moves that are afoot to ban the substance from use. I was wrong, of course.
But it is still a good thing, and it should help to win Salvia some support from those individual people that have not yet been brainwashed by lawmakers and the media. The brainwashing is really quite an irrational thing and it smells to me a lot like posturing in order win political points. But hey, what do I know, I’m only a long time user.
I support the continued legality of Salvia not just because I enjoy using it; my reasons, thankfully, are slightly more involved than that. Think of it this way: banning something like Salvia that has always been legal – in fact has been totally overlooked by the law until very recently – starts a terrible precedent of the Government willingly taking our civil liberties from us. Where does it end?
The other reason is that those scientists and doctors that I spoke about earlier need the law on their side to be able to complete their research.
Those crazy scientists are motivated by many things. In a lot of cases, though, it’s pure curiosity. And so it is with Salvia Divinorum: not a great deal is known about this naturally occurring hallucinogenic plant and scientists feel that it is their duty to learn more about it. Good for them, and good for us if, as suspected, Salvia can bring some benefits other than the obvious fantastic trips.
You see there is just nothing known about the long and short term effects of Salvia because it is so fundamentally different to other types of drugs and even other hallucinogenics like LSD. Many people say that Salvia is like LSD or Marijuana but it genuinely isn’t. People who say this are either mistaken or are intentionally trying to mislead those that are unfortunate enough to pay attention.
That these same scientists are trying to perform experiments with willing human subjects then is no surprise. Many people will jump at the chance to get high on Salvia: there doesn’t really need to be any medical benefit to the process! The research isn’t frivolous and certainly isn’t just blindly academic: scientists believe that Salvia could be used to help in the understanding and treatment of Alzheimer’s and other degenerative mental illnesses.
Scientists are crazy — literally crazy in some cases — and they do get interested by a lot of strange things. Sometimes the things that they get interested in seem to have little or no application to the real world. Others have an immediate, obvious and direct application to real world problems that we may experience every day.
Salvia is one of the things that is exciting the scientific world at the moment. On the one had we have a completely theoretical problem of working out how Salvia effects the brain in the way it does. On the other we have the very real possibility of that Salvia — and more accurately the way Salvia affects us — can be used to help us learn more about degenerative mental illnesses like Alzheimer’s and other psychological problems.
Cures to these things may be only a pipe dream but there is the chance that we can learn something that will point us in the right direction for more effective treatment and research on these terrible afflictions.
Scientists finding willing subjects isn’t a great surprise since everyone loves to get high. There is no shortage of volunteers at Universities and colleges! Try getting volunteers when Salvia is banned, though. That is going to be difficult.