Salvia Divinorum: Divine Sage
The effects of Salvia are very different from those of alcohol; but like alcohol,it impairs coordination. Never, ever, attempt to drive under theinfluence of salvia–doing so could prove fatal!Salvia contains a chemical substance called salvinorin A. Salvinorin A is responsible for Salvia’s mind-altering effects. It is not chemically related toany other psychoactive drug. Unlike most visionary compounds, it is not an alkaloid. Pure salvinorin A is extremely potent. Doses of only several hundred micrograms (millionths of a gram) will have an effect, and doses above 1 milligram (1/1000 of a gram) are too much for most people to handle comfortably.Because of its extreme potency, pure salvinorin A should never be used unless the dosage has been precisely measured with an extremely accurate chemist’s scale. Fortunately, Salvia leaf is hundreds of times weaker than pure salvinorin A; therefore, Salvia leaf can be used much more safely.Salvia leaf is physically quite safe. It is very gentle on the body. Toxicological studies have shown that salvinorin A is extraordinarily non-toxic. No one has ever died from a Salvia overdose. Salvia is not habit-forming or addictive. People who choose to use Salvia, tend to do so quite infrequently. Salvia is not a stimulant, it is not a sedative, it is not a narcotic, it is not a tranquilizer. Like many entheogens, at sufficiently high doses it can induce visions, yet it is quite different from other entheogens. Dale Pendell, in his book Pharmako/poeia, assigns Salvia divinorum to a unique pharmacological class, which he calls “existentia”. This term alludes to the philosophical illumination Salvia seems to shine on the nature of existence itself.
Introduction to Salvia in South Africa
Salvia divinorum is a species of sage (the genus Salvia). There are approximately 1000 species of Salvia worldwide, but Salvia divinorum is the only vision-inducing species known. Salvia is a member of a very large family of plants known as the Labiatae. Because mint is a well-known member of this family, it is sometimes referred to as the mint family. Salvia divinorum makes a beautiful house plant, and it can be grown just for that reason, but most people who grow this plant are interested in its fascinating psychoactive effects. The botanical name Salvia divinorum means “Sage of the Diviners”. Under the right conditions, taken in the right way, Salvia produces a unique state of “divine inebriation”. For hundreds of years, it has been used in religious and healing ceremonies by the Mazatec Indians, who live in the province of Oaxaca, in Mexico.
Short student documentary about Salvia Divinorum. Please note that since this doc was posted several new states have banned Salvia. Please check on the legal status of Salvia in your state or country.