Salvia Divinorum is a bushy plant that is a member of the sage family the leaves of which contain the hallucinogenic compound - Salvinorin A.
Normally Salvia is sold as a green, dried, powdered leaf. It is also sold as ‘extracts’; these are condensed products made from the leaf and normally come as 5x or 10x. These are five times and ten times as strong as leaf respectively. You can also get x15 and x 40 strength extract. So a 1 gram tube/envelope would be 10grammes dried and processed for consumption.
The quality of these extracts is variable and consumers have to trust the seller to extract the product effectively and safely. We have had anecdotal evidence that suggests this can be very variable indeed, with even experienced users finding the ‘trip’ frighteningly heavy and ‘real’. The loss of perception that what is occurring is a chemical experience and not a world turned inside out has been reported by experienced users of hallucinogens.
Salvia is smoked, normally in a bong or pipe but sometimes rolled with tobacco. It can be chewed and orally absorbed. The smoke is normally held in for long periods to obtain the full effect. Smoking with a water pipe seems to produce the most immediate and extreme effects.
Salvia is a strong hallucinogen that is also physically powerful. Within seconds of the smoke being inhaled users will feel the effects, which include visions, increased heart rate, hearing changes and a sometimes scary sensation of ‘speed’.
The effects peak quickly and begin to fade after about 20-30 minutes, however with larger doses this will be longer.
Some users report hearing ‘familiar’ or ‘evocative noises or sounds’ and voices when the drug is used in the dark and with high doses this can lead to a full ‘out-of-body’ experience.
Salvia is not known to be physically addictive. However as with any experience people find pleasurable a psychological addiction could occur. This is rare.