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Salvia divinorum

Salvia divinorum

What are the street names/slang terms?

Shepherdess’s Herb, Ska Pastora

What is Salvia divinorum?

Salvia divinorum is a psychoactive mint, used in traditional spiritual practices by the Mazatec people of Mexico and is legal in both Mexico and the United States. However, three states have banned the leafy green, making its possession — like that of heroin or cocaine — a felony.
Salvinorin-A, the active property of salvia divinorum, is considered to be the most potent, selective and naturally occurring hallucinogen when smoked —  rivaling the potency of the synthetic hallucinogens like LSD.

What does it look like?

It looks like green plant leaves or a liquid extract.

How is it used?

It can be ingested (liquid form) or smoked (powder form).

What are its short-term effects?

This drug is a psychoactive hallucinogen that can cause dramatic and sometimes frightening mind-states. Depending on dosage, a user’s reaction can vary from a subtle, just-off-baseline state to a full-blown psychedelic experience. It has been reported to induce an intense hallucinatory experience in humans (particularly when smoked) which typically persists from several minutes to an hour. It has been described as a “20-minute acid trip.

What are its long-term effects?

Since not much is known, it can only be said that harm from Salvia divinorum most likely occurs from inadequate preparation or from using the drug in a setting in which it is dangerous to be intoxicated from any drug at all (i.e. driving).

What is its federal classification?

Not Applicable

Source: NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse)

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