Salvia divinorum is an herb in the mint family. It has been used for centuries in religious ceremonies by the Mazatec Indians, a native people who live in Oaxaca, Mexico. The Mazatecs believe it is an incarnation of the Virgin Mary.
Salvia divinorum is used most famously as a recreational drug. It produces hallucinations when inhaled, when the leaves are chewed, or when extracts are placed under the tongue. It is widely available through smoke shops and on the Internet in concentrated form. It is used in cigarettes and incense. Salvia divinorum possession and use is legal in most states in the US, but the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is reviewing it for possible controlled substance regulation. It is considered illegal in some states including Delaware, Louisiana, Maine, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.
Salvia divinorum is also taken by mouth as a medicine for diarrhea, headache, joint pain (rheumatism), stomach bloating, and as a tonic and end-of-life remedy. It is taken to regulate urination and bowel movements.
How it works
Salvia divinorum contains chemicals that can cause hallucinations. These chemicals are destroyed by digestive juices. There isn't much information about how diviner's sage might work as a medicine.
Not ProvenProducing hallucinationsDiarrheaHeadacheRheumatismBloatingRegulating urination and bowel movementsUse as a tonicOther conditions
Salvia divinorum is POSSIBLY UNSAFE. It can cause serious side effects including nausea, dizziness, slurred speech, confusion, paranoia, and hallucinations.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of diviner's sage duringpregnancyandbreast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.Dosing considerations for Salvia Divinorum.
No information available.