Salvia divinorum, commonly known as Salvia, is a potent and unique psychoactive plant native to Mexico. It is a member of the mint family and has been used for centuries by indigenous people for its hallucinogenic properties. Salvia is known for its powerful, short-lived psychedelic effects and is distinct from other hallucinogens like LSD or psilocybin mushrooms.

Other given names to Salvia:

  • Diviner’s Sage
  • Seer’s Sage
  • Ska María Pastora
  • Magic Mint
  • Sally-D
  • Lady Salvia
  • Yerba de la Pastora


The experience of using Salvia can vary from person to person, but it typically involves intense, short-lived trips characterized by altered perceptions of reality, vivid hallucinations, and altered states of consciousness. Users often describe feeling as if they are transported to a different dimension or experiencing otherworldly sensations. The effects usually last for a short duration, typically 5-20 minutes.


Salvia’s effects can include:

  • Visual distortions: Users may see vivid and abstract patterns, colours, and shapes.
  • Altered perception of time and space: Time can feel distorted, and users may feel like they are in a different place or dimension.
  • Intense emotions: Some people experience heightened emotional states, which can be either positive or negative.
  • Loss of self-identity: Users might feel a disconnection from their own body or sense of self.
  • Profound introspection: Some individuals report gaining insights or experiencing a sense of understanding during the trip.

How to

Salvia divinorum, often referred to simply as Salvia, is a plant with psychoactive properties. It’s known for inducing intense, but short-lived hallucinogenic effects. The ways in which Salvia can be administered are:

  • Chewing Fresh Leaves: This is a traditional method of consumption. The leaves are chewed and the juices are swallowed. This method produces a longer-lasting, more controlled experience.
  • Smoking Dried Leaves: Dried Salvia leaves can be smoked in a pipe or bong. This method produces a more intense but shorter-lived experience compared to chewing.
  • Vaporization: Vaporizing Salvia involves heating the leaves to a temperature that releases the active compounds without burning the plant material. This method can produce effects similar to smoking but may be less harsh on the lungs.
  • Sublingual Absorption: Some people place Salvia leaves or extract under the tongue for absorption. The effects of using this method may vary.
  • Salvia Extracts: Extracts are more potent forms of Salvia and are usually smoked. They are often graded by strength (e.g., 5x, 10x, indicating the concentration of the active compound, Salvinorin A).
  • Tinctures: Liquid tinctures made from Salvia can be used sublingually or added to beverages. However, this method is less common.

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Benefits & Risks

BenefitsSome users claim to have gained unique insights or therapeutic benefits from Salvia’s experiences.
Research is ongoing into potential therapeutic applications, such as for depression and addiction.
RisksThe intensity of the trips can be distressing and lead to anxiety, confusion, or panic.
There is a risk of accidents or self-injury during intense experiences.
It is not suitable for recreational use and should be approached with caution due to its unpredictable nature.

Therapeutic Use

Salvia divinorum is being explored for its potential therapeutic applications, particularly in the treatment of depression and addiction. However, research is in its early stages, and more studies are needed to fully understand its benefits and risks for clinical use.

Personal Growth

Some users report personal growth and insights after using Salvia, but these experiences can also be challenging and unsettling. It is essential to approach its use with respect and caution.


The legal status of Salvia divinorum varies by country and region. In some places, it is considered a controlled substance, while in others, it remains legal. It is crucial to research and understand the local laws and regulations before obtaining or using Salvia.

History & Stats

Salvia divinorum has a long history of use in traditional shamanic practices by the Mazatec people in Mexico. It gained attention in the Western world in the mid-20th century, primarily through the work of ethnobotanists. Its use as a recreational substance has grown, leading to increased interest in its effects and regulation.


One common myth is that Salvia is a harmless and legal alternative to other hallucinogens. In reality, its intense effects can be disorienting and overwhelming, and its legal status varies widely. Another myth is that Salvia is physically addictive, but it is not considered addictive in the traditional sense. However, it can be psychologically habit-forming for some individuals.

It’s important to approach salvia with caution and understand its effects and risks. Have you had an experience with salvia and need support to integrate it? Or do you plan on having one and want the best setting possible? Book a session with one of our coaches.

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