Common Names/Nicknames: Salvia, diviner’s sage, seer’s sage, Maria’s sage, ska, ska pastora
Active Compound: Salvinorin A
Found in: Salvia divinorum plant, salvia tea, salvia quid, tincture of salvia
Mode of Consumption: Ingestion, inhalation (smoked), mucosal absorption (oral, sublingual)
DEA Scheduling/Legal Status (in US): Federally unscheduled. Schedule I and illegal in Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and Virginia. Restricted distribution in California, Louisiana, Maine, and Tennessee
Hallucinations, euphoria, slowed passage of time, dissociation, emotional dysregulation, synesthesia, glossolalia, increased body temperature, light-headedness, nausea, anxiety
Acute: “Bad trip,” tolerance, accidental injury, psychosis, amnesia
Chronic: Posthallucinogen perceptual disorder (PHPD, aka “flashbacks”), some evidence for triggering longer-term psychosis
Dangerous Drug Combinations:
Possibly dangerous combination with antidepressants and other drugs that affect serotonin levels.
Salvia has relatively low risk of harm and is seen as non-addictive.
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