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Salvia divinorum

Diviner's sage

This cultivated Mexican mint species has a long history of use by the Mazatecs.

Most users agree Salvia divinorum is quite unique, and some find its effects unsettling. Its active principle, salvinorin A, is structurally unique among psychoactive drugs, and receptor binding studies have revealed nothing, which could indicate a previously unknown pathway in the brain.

The plant is native to Mexico. It is known only in cultivation, and it rarely produces seed, suggesting a chance unstable hybrid, although the genetics have not yet been investigated. Salvia divinorum is traditionally used for, among other things, divination-- hence its scientific name.

Botanical SuffixEpling et Játiva-M.
HabitatNative to the Sierra Mazateca, Mexico. The tiny number of clones in circulation have adapted well to cultivation by enthusiasts in cooler, drier climates throughout the world.

Dosage:

  • Smoked

    The dosage required to obtain first effects from salvia varies widely. Some people report strong effects the first time they smoke the dried leaf in a pipe, others report no effects after smoking large quantities of concentrated extract.

    A common method is to smoke the dried leaf through a bong or waterpipe -- several bowls as quickly as possible. If this doesn't work, or the thought of it insults your lungs, standardized 5x (or stronger) extract can be used. Once a breakthrough is achieved, subsequent use may require less material.

    Smoked salvia trips can be extremely intense -- comparable to DMT -- and it is wise to have a sober sitter present. This is not a "recreational" substance.

  • Sublingual/Chewed

    10-20 large leaves, or an equivalent quantity of extract.

    Either fresh or dried leaves may be used. Dried leaves are reportedly less bitter; they must be rehydrated by soaking in water.

    A quid is rolled and held in the mouth for about half an hour. The effects manifest much more gradually and last longer, about half an hour.

    There are also other preparations, such as ethanol-based extracts or honey slurry.


Isolated Chemicals:

Has been found not to be psychoactive

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Images:

  • Salvia divinorum
    Several plants
  • Salvia divinorum Specimen
    Color photograph of potted plant showing good detail of leaf structure.
  • Salvia divinorum Specimen
    Cuttings taken from mother plants at Loogiee's greenhouse, rooted in water, and transplanted when the roots were 1/4 inch long. This plant was "hardened" to southern California weather contitions; it was given 5 hours indirect sunlight and 3 hours direct
  • Salvia divinorum Specimen
    Color photograph showing side view of plant.
  • Salvia divinorum Specimen
    Color photograph of 3' potted plant. Grown 4 months indoors from 5" cutting, then 3 months outdoors. Top view.
  • Salvia divinorum Specimen
    Color photograph of "pinched" plant.
  • Salvia divinorum Specimen
    Cuttings taken from mother plants at Loogiee's greenhouse, rooted in water, and transplanted when the roots were 1/4 inch long. This plant was "hardened" to southern California weather contitions; it was given 5 hours indirect sunlight and 3 hours direct
  • Salvia divinorum Specimen
    Color photograph of ~3' potted plants. Grown 4 months indoors from 5" cuttings, then 3 months outdoors. Side view.
  • Salvia divinorum Specimen
    Newly rooted cutting.
  • Salvia divinorum Specimen
    Color photograph of potted plant from above.

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Created 3/22/2000 18:55:28
Modified 9/20/2000 20:20:21
Leda version 1.4.3

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