Salvia with the scientific name Salvia divinorum is a psychoactive herb that can induce hallucinations or “visions” in a person. The main active ingredient in salvia, salvinorin affects chemicals in the brain that cause hallucinations, which are short lived but can be very intense and terrifying. Although not native to any particular place, salvia is more commonly found in some parts of Mexico and some areas of Sierra Mazatec region. Its use is not illegal in the United States, but the DEA considers it a drug of concern that can pose a grave risk in some cases.

Salvia Abuse

Present research does not indicate that salvia is addictive. However, this does not mean that salvia is not harmful. Salvia use and abuse can trigger neurochemical reactions in the brain that lead to visual experiences that can be addictive psychologically. The conventional method by which most people use salvia is by chewing the leaves or making a potion from leaves and drinking it. The leaves of salvia can also be dried and smoked or inhaled through water pipes, or vaporized and inhaled. Effects of salvia include changes in mood, vision and sense of touch, and change in perception of one’s surroundings.

Some people may also suffer from a disconnection from their body and a feeling of being transported to a whole new level of existence. Other ill effects of salvia include dizziness, slurred speech and loss of coordination. Enough research has not yet been done to understand if salvia can be addictive or not, but it certainly can be habit-forming.


Salvia Street Names

The following list includes commonly used street names for salvia:

  • Magic Mint: Salvia is an herb that belongs to the mint family and due its potential of giving the user a ‘magical’ high, it is called Magic Mint as a street slang.
  • Maria Pastora: The Mazatecs associate the salvia plant with Virgin Mary. They call it Maria Pastora which translates to ‘the leaf or herb of Mary’.
  • Sally-D: Sally-D is a slang term used for the psychedelic herb salvia. It is derived from salvia’s scientific name which is Salvia Divinorum.
  • Shepherdess’s Herb: Salvia is commonly found in the Mazatec region and the locals associate with Virgin Mary. It is therefore sometimes called Shepherdess’s Herb.
  • Diviner’s Sage: The Mazatecs believe salvia to be associated with Virgin Mary. Therefore, it is called Diviner’s Sage since it belongs to the sage genus.

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