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Salvia Divinorum

Classification: Hallucinogenic dissociative

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.

Special Considerations: 

Salvia has relatively low risk of harm and is seen as non-addictive.

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