Salvia Divinorum 101: Use, Effects, History & Science
Salvia divinorum (salvia) a shrub native to Oaxaca, Mexico, which has been used spiritually and medicinally by indigenous Mazatec tribespeople for centuries. It’s a powerful natural hallucinogen that produces an intense psychedelic high. Today, it’s garnering attention in the West for recreational use, but also slowly for possible medical use.
The species S. divinorum is a member of the genus Salvia, a large group of more than 900 species belonging to the Lamiaceae (mint) family. Although the common name “sage” refers particularly to Salvia officinalis—from which the herb used in cooking is obtained—it may also refer to any ornamental or medicinal plant within the genus.
The salvia divinorum plant, hereafter referred to as salvia, is a tall shrub with square, hollow stems. It has hairless, ovate leaves, which may be dentate or toothed and are between ten and thirty centimetres in length. The plant grows to over a metre in height, and its stems are particularly prone to breaking and trailing along the ground, where they also enthusiastically form new root sites.
The flowers, which appear rarely, are white with purple calyxes, and seldom form viable seed. Instead, the plant’s propensity to form new roots sites along its stem allows for exceptional ease of vegetative propagation, which is the plant’s primary method of reproduction.
Where is salvia found?
Salvia grows in the cloud forests and tropical forests of the Sierra Mazateca, which is in the north-west of Oaxaca State in Mexico. Salvia is present at elevations of between 300 and 1,830 metres above sea level. It is commonly found growing along the edge of the frequent streams and rivers that run downhill to the Rio Tonto, a major tributary of the Rio Papaloapan.
Salvia flourishes in moist, humid environments with low light conditions, and prefers black soils with high humus content. For many years, the Mazatec tribes concealed the locations that salvia is found in from European botanists and taxonomists due to the plant’s value and sacred status.
Cultivation of salvia seeds
Salvia presents somewhat of a conundrum to taxonomists, as it’s not fully understood whether the plant is a cultigen (a product of cultivation), a natural hybrid, or a true species. The uncertainty is due to the plant’s vegetative means of reproduction and unusual sterility, which is more common in sterile hybrids (mules and asses are examples of this phenomenon in mammals) or in inbred cultivars.
Recent genetic research has indicated that the plant is not an interspecific hybrid, although its origin remains obscure.
Salvia cuttings: An alternative to seeds
Due to the lack of viable seeds, salvia can only be cultivated by means of vegetative propagation (“cloning”). Cuttings are taken from a mature mother plant, and will form roots in tap water within two or three weeks. Flowering is photoperiod-dependent, just like cannabis, and occurs when day length drops to twelve hours or below.
Effects of Cannabis on Memory: Remembering & Forgetting
What causes salvia’s psychoactive effects?
Salvia has been shown to contain the active ingredient salvinorin-A, a potent psychotropic molecule with the chemical formula C23H28O8. Unusually for a naturally-occurring hallucinogen, salvinorin-A does not contain a nitrogen atom and is therefore not an alkaloid (unlike DMT, mescaline and psilocybin).
In fact, it’s a terpenoid, the same class of organic chemical to which cannabinoids, menthol, camphor and many other important natural substances belong. By mass, it’s the most potent natural hallucinogen, being effective in doses as low as 200µg (psilocybin is effective at 6mg, DMT at 60mg, and mescaline at 100mg).
Salvinorin-A is a kappa-opioid receptor agonist, and is the first non-alkaloid known to affect this specific receptor. All other naturally-occurring hallucinogens affect the 5-HT2a serotonin receptor, but salvinorin-A has no effect on this receptor. It’s thought that salvinorin-A’s main effects are realised through agonising the kappa-opioid receptor. However, it’s now known that the substance is also a partial agonist of the D2 dopamine receptor.
Possible risks, and treatment of salvia intoxication
Due to the properties above, and unlike most other natural hallucinogens, salvinorin-A produces a dissociative state in the user that is often dysphoric. Intense feelings of well-being are not often reported; rather, the drug is reported to cause intense, and often harrowing and disturbing, visionary or trance-like states, although uncontrollable laughter is also commonly observed.
There are many potential side effects of using salvia, which mostly affect the brain (but there can also be physiological effects). These can include:
- Brief, intense hallucinations
- Mood changes
- The feeling of being detached from one’s body
- Altered visual perceptions
- Slurred speech
The high from using salvia is almost instant, and intense, although it’s short lived. As of now, there doesn’t seem to be a consensus on any type of treatment for salvia intoxication, though.
Cannabinoid Science 101: What Is Cannabicyclol (CBL)?
Traditional use of salvia
Salvia has been used by the indigenous Mazatec tribes in spiritual and religious ritual for hundreds of years. Typically, only the fresh leaf is used in Mazatec shamanic ritual. The leaf is crushed to extract the juices before being mixed with water and drunk, to produce the desired visionary effect. Alternatively, large quantities of fresh leaves may be chewed and swallowed.
Salvia is integral to the healing rituals practised by the Mazatec, as it allows the user to “access” the realm of the spirits that are believed to control sickness and health in the material world. Often, salvia is used as a substitute for psilocybin mushrooms, but there are some shamans who make primary use of salvia.
Usually, the salvia ritual takes place in darkness, and participants are encouraged to lie in silence and stillness. Before the leaves or infused water is consumed, it’s blessed and consecrated to the spirits. Then, the shaman (and possibly the sick individual or individuals too) consume the salvia and wait for the effects to manifest. If the visions are meaningful to the shaman, the cause of the illness is identified, and a course of action can be chosen.
Salvia was also historically used to directly treat several illnesses including headaches, rheumatism, diarrhoea and anaemia; for these purposes, it’s used at lower doses and is commonly administered as a tea.
Current use and availability
Now, salvia and salvia extracts are abundant and easy to source, either online or from local smart shops and head shops. It’s common to find products on sale which consist of dried leaves fortified with extracted juices to increase their potency—such products are often sold in strength classes of 10x, 20x, and even higher (although there is no standard of potency and variability between products is high).
While salvia is used recreationally by most users, ritualistic use persists within the remaining Mazatec tribes; through syncretism of traditional religion and Christian beliefs imported by the Spanish conquistadors, the plant is now known as ska María Pastora (“leaves of the shepherdess Mary”) and is associated with the Virgin Mary.
Legality of salvia – seeds and plant
Salvia is legal in most countries and in most U.S. states. However, there are some that consider its hallucinogenic effects to be dangerous and societally unacceptable, and have therefore banned or are attempting to ban the plant.
At least thirteen countries have banned or controlled salvia in some way, including Australia, Belgium, Croatia, Germany, Italy, Canada, Denmark and Finland. Some countries have made it entirely illegal, while in other places, there are simply restrictions (For example: No import or sales, but personal cultivation, possession, or consumption is decriminalized).
In the U.S. the Schedule of Controlled Substances doesn’t list salvia as a controlled substance, although various states including Oklahoma, New Mexico, Michigan, and Florida (where possession can lead to up to five years’ imprisonment) have enacted their own legislation.
Cannabinoid Science 101: What Is THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol)?
Why plants like salvia must be protected
As with most attempts to prohibit a substance, such actions are more likely to end in a black-market existing for a previously taxable item. This likely will result in an increase in criminality and price (and decrease in quality) that usually accompanies such policies, rather than the substance in question simply fading out of popular use.
Salvia divinorum (salvia) contains natural hallucinogens that produce an intense psychedelic high. Learn about this plant, side effects and more here.
sage of the diviners seeds
Diviners Sage Clone (Salvia divinorum) Live Salvia Clone (Organic) 4-12 Weeks to ship – NO EXPORT
Live rooted ‘Diviners Sage’ clones wrapped in wet Sphagnum moss. Includes FREE track and trace courier delivery NZ Wide. No export.
Produced to order so please allow 1-12 weeks for delivery depending on time of year. In Winter our clone operation slows right down so please be patient. We will let you know tracking as soon as we ship. Emailing us for constant updates will not make your plant grow any faster. We recommend you spend the time researching how to cultivate Salvia divinorum.
Diviner’s Sage (Salvia divinorum) originated in the Oaxaca region of Mexico, where it has been cultivated and used for centuries by the Mazatec people as a healing herbal remedy, as well as in religious ceremonies. It is a powerful “teacher plant”, that when ingested properly, and under the appropriate conditions, may produce a state of “divine inebriation”.
As well as a visionary, spiritual and meditative aid, Diviner’s Sage has also been used for hundreds of years in Mexico as a safe and effective herbal remedy for several diseases and mental disorders, including:
- Drug addiction
- Neck & back pain
Note: This product is a live Diviner’s Sage clone (a small plant cutting that has grown fresh roots) that is intended for cultivation. We do not currently supply Diviner’s Sage dried herb or extracts.
Warning: Always obtain clearance from your doctor before using Diviner’s Sage. While used traditionally as a safe herbal remedy this product is not intended for internal consumption, but for you to enjoy the cultivation of an attractive herb with an interesting history as well as to protect biodiversity, and for species identification and research.
Shipping Restrictions: No Export. We do not currently ship live plants outside New Zealand. ATTENTION AUSSIES : Do Not Order – If you do go ahead and pay us for this product, we will not refund you as this costs us more than the goods in international bank transfer charges, rather you will get a same value store credit that can be used for any of our many other Aussie legal products.
Live rooted ‘Diviners Sage’ clones wrapped in wet Sphagnum moss. Includes FREE track and trace courier delivery NZ Wide. No export. Produced to order so please allow 1-12 weeks for delivery depending on time of year. In Winter our clone operation slows right down so please be patient. We will let you know tracking as s
Legal Psychedelics For Sale: Where To Buy Salvia Divinorum
Table of Contents
Finding good Salvia Divinorum for sale is sometimes like finding gold dust at the bottom of the river. But that’s the same as other legal highs and psychedelics, such as the widely used kratom. But the good news is that you can get your hands on some great experiences if you know where to buy good quality Salvias.
So let’s take a look at exactly what Salvia is, what its effects are, the legal status of Salvia in the USA. I’ll also explain how you take it.
Plus, I’ll tell you what Salvia extracts are, and how they differ from standard powder.
I’ll also tell you about the differences, and similarities between Salvia and Kratom, so you can make an informed choice on which could be best for you, as well as letting you know about where you can find really high-quality Salvia Divinorum for sale in both USA and Europe.
Salvia Divinorum: What Is It Exactly?
Translated as “Sage of the Diviners”, it’s also known as Salvia, Sally D, Magic Mint, Diviners Sage, and less frequently as Maria Pastora.
Salvia has been known for a long time to have pretty intense psychedelic properties. You can drink it in tea, smoke it, or chew it. It’s primarily smoked because that’s the quickest way to get the biggest concentration of the psychedelic active ingredient quickly.
It is a native species of Mexico, which is why it is linked with use by central American native populations, such as the Mazatecs, whose Shamen used it for visionary guidance.
It has psychoactive properties thanks to its structurally unique psychoactive compound Salvinorin A, which is an opiate and activates the opioid receptors in the body.
Surprisingly, considering its broad legality in the USA, it is one of the most potent naturally occurring psychoactive compounds known to man.
Salvia Effects Explained
Because the psychoactive compound in Salvia is a potent k-opioid agonist, it has the ability to induce potent visionary states of altered consciousness, especially at higher doses.
What’s important to understand about the effects of Salvia, apart from the fact that you need to know where to buy Salvias that are high quality to get the full effects, is that its onset is rapid. We are talking as little as one minute in most cases if you smoke it.
You can literally go from feeling fine to floating away on a visionary cloud, or feeling like you are being pulled through the floor, in a matter of moments. It can be quite unsettling the first time you do it, and it’s definitely not for the fainthearted. But it can also be a beautiful, visionary experience.
You should always have somebody with you when you take Salvia, especially the first time, because of its rapid onset, and the way that it can make you feel like you have left your body, and literally take you out of reality.
Broadly speaking, you can expect the following group of effects to hit you like a steam train after inhaling Salvia:
- Auditory and visual hallucinations
- Extreme shapes, lights, and beautifully vivid colors
- An altered perception of time, surroundings and reality
- Shifting shapes and perception
- A strong feeling of an out-of-body experience
- Uncontrollable laughter
- Slurred speech
- Occasional panic and fear
Side effects, particularly at higher doses, can include nausea, dizziness, an irregular heart rate, and in rare cases a loss of motor functions temporarily.
Although Salvia is thankfully not high on the addictive scale, anxiety and panic attacks from bad trips can cause problems for vulnerable people. If you already have mental health problems, then Salvia should be treated with extreme respect.
How To Take Salvia
Salvia is mostly used in pipes, especially modern water pipes, bongs, that cool the vapor. The result is an intense hit that takes over in a matter of moments.
You need a high temperature, around 240°C, to release the active compound Salvinorin A from the plant matter. That’s why it’s important that when you buy Salvia, that you get pure, good quality Salvia, to burn it efficiently.
Although sometimes consumed in tea, Salvia is mostly inactivated through oral ingestion, because of how the digestive system destroys the active compound.
However, some people do get a high from drinking it as tea, by holding it in the mouth before swallowing. It’s the same with a Salvia tincture, which is held under the tongue, and chewed. It’s all about ingesting the active compound in the mouth before it hits the digestive tract.
How Much salvias Should You Take?
A safe dose or an adequate dose of Salvia will very much depend on the quality of the Molly D that you acquire.
If you are smoking it, up to 1 g is considered safe, with most people requiring well below that level to get the full effects.
The advice I always give with anything, kratom, Salvia, or any other type of legal high, is to always start with a very low dose, and sensibly experiment upwards.
Never start with a big dose, especially with something as potent as pure Salvia. If you do, you could find yourself rendered absolutely incapable almost immediately, and remain in that state for up to an hour, sometimes longer. That’s why it is also advisable to make sure you are around other people.
In terms of dose, it’s a slightly different picture for salvia extracts, which I will talk to you about in a moment.
Using Potent Salvia Divinorum Extracts
Salvia extracts are a very potent form of this hallucinogenic drug. It’s the same as with kratom extracts, you are given multiple numbers to indicate the strength, for example 10x, 20x, 50x and 60x.
A common misconception is that this indicates a potency multiplier, meaning that 10x is 10 times more potent in terms of its psychoactive content than standard Salvia.
This is not the case. What that multiplier mostly refers to is the number of leaves from the Salvia bush that we used to make 1 g of Salvia.
Salvia leaves in their original dried form are not that potent. Sure, if you smoke then you will get a hit, and if you chew them in a tincture, or drink them in tea, you will get a mild high. But it’s the forming of extracts that makes them very potent.
So what happens is that 10 g of leaves are boiled down to make 1 g of extract. This makes it very strong, and why it has to be treated with a lot of respect.
To give you an idea, studies have shown that as little as 500 micrograms can produce a mild hallucinogenic effect. Some 20x salvia extract packs can contain as much as 60 mg per gram of extract.
However, it’s a slightly more confusing picture than that. Sometimes when people are selling Salvia extract, the multiplier refers to the number of milligrams of active alkaloid per gram, so 40x means 40 mg of alkaloid per gram of powder. It’s always worth checking before buying, as the strengths can be deceptive.
Legal Status Of Salvia Divinorum In The USA
It’s interesting how fame can influence policy. Salvia flew under the radar for a long time, with the FDA, DEA, and other agencies taking no notice of it until Miley Cyrus was seen smoking it on YouTube back in 2011.
Because of Miley Cyrus being so popular at the time, sales of water bongs and Salvia rocketed, even amongst people in their early teenage years, which was obviously a concern considering its incredibly high potency and disassociating effects.
Having said that, it’s currently not a controlled substance, nor is it regulated, or approved for any medicinal, or another purpose. Neither is it listed in the controlled substances act. Which all means that Salvia currently has no federal legislation covering it at all, which makes it entirely legal at the federal level.
Having said that, there are numerous state laws in place which affect its legality at that level. These include limits on buying, selling, growing, and using Salvia.
Confusingly, within those states some have banned extracts, while others have only banned possession of plants, others dried leaf, and other states all of them, or a combination.
Currently, Salvia is completely outlawed in:
- North Dakota
So if you are wondering where you can find Salvia Divinorum extracts for sale, then outside of those eight states, it is in some form legal, and available to buy and sell. But of course, it’s always worth googling your local state laws if you are concerned about the legal status of Salvia where you live.
Salvia Compared To Other Legal Psychedelics For Sale
Look, I’ve tried Salvia and kratom, and I laugh when I see online people saying they are very similar. They are both legal highs that interact with the opioid receptors. But that’s where the similarity ends.
Let me tell you, the effects of Salvia are like night and day compared to kratom. Sure, a high dose of kratom can be quite intense, but a good dose of Salvia take you to another planet.
When people talk about comparing legal psychedelics for sale, Salvia and kratom are definitely the two most popular legal highs out there. Well, mostly legal in the USA anyway.
With kratom, although you get a rush of energy, enthusiasm, euphoria, deep relaxation, and immense pain relief, you’re always aware of yourself and your surroundings.
That’s simply not the case with salvia. That’s why it’s called Diviners Sage. It literally transports you out of your body, throws it all around for up to an hour, and then slowly puts the parts back together.
So if you’re thinking of trying legal psychedelics, then kratom for me, is not a true psychedelic.
But Salvia certainly is. It completely disassociates you from reality, puts you in a deep trance-like state, and you can literally drift out of your body. To compare kratom to Salvia is dangerous.
Where To Buy Salvias
If you are looking to find high-quality Salvia Divinorum extract for sale, and you really should only be looking for the extract to get the proper experience, then there aren’t actually that many good places to buy it.
You can buy great quality kratom from a handful of places in the USA, and I’ve used them all over the past couple of years. But Salvia is a completely different animal, and to be honest, a very niche market in comparison to kratom, because of its incredibly intense effects.
If you’re in the USA, then I’ve had great success with buying various strengths of Salvia extract from SalviaExtract.com.
They sell Salvia extracts in every strength from 10x through to 140x. I’m seriously telling you, steer clear of the higher strengths unless you are experienced, and closely watched during the trip because it will literally transport you off the planet. They also sell kratom, which means you can definitely spend your money easily.
You’ll get a 30-day money back guarantee, first class shipping in three days, plus, if you use bitcoin, you get a 15% discount. I don’t use bitcoin, but if you do, that’s a hefty saving.
If you’re in Europe, then AvalonMagicPlants.com is the recommended place for people wondering where to buy salvias from.
They have a long pedigree in business, are well trusted, and ship across the whole of Europe with no problems from customs. They are based in the Netherlands, where cannabis is completely legal, as are many other drugs that aren’t in other parts of Europe.
The Salvia Divinorum for sale is beautiful quality, and they do salvia extracts from 5x up to 80x strength, giving you a brilliant range to experiment with. Again, the higher strengths of extract should never be used by a beginner, and unless you are with other people who are experienced.
You do get free shipping, but only on orders over €175, which is quite an outlay. So if you’re going to do a shop there, do a big shop.
They also accept bitcoin payments. This could be really beneficial for people in countries where it’s difficult to order from. Although there are payment gateways that can be used, you may find that it’s easier to cover your tracks and get your order successfully by using untraceable, de-personalized cryptocurrency.
So there you go, a place in the USA, and a place in Europe, where you will find Salvia Divinorum extract for sale. In addition, they sell other legal psychedelics as well, which means you can definitely experiment with a ride range of legal highs, to see which suits you best.
Diviners Sage Clone (Salvia divinorum) Live Salvia Clone (Organic) 4-12 Weeks to ship – NO EXPORT Product Details Live rooted 'Diviners Sage' clones