Most people who enjoy recreation drugs learn early on to ensure they understand what they are taking, what the effects might be, and the safest way to use the substance. The idea is to have a good time, or a positive mind changing experience, and to avoid having any lingering effects or problems. In looking at the term salvia the key mistake some novices make in assuming all such plants are alike when in fact, this name is used to denote a few varieties of a type of sage grown in the southwestern part of the U.S. and in Latin America.
What is a Hallucinogen?
A hallucinogen is an organic or manufactured chemical agent. These can be divided into the three categories: psychedelics, dissociative, and deliriants. Naturally, just from the names of these classes it’s easy to pick out the one desired is the psychedelics. Certainly, most people will avoid the delirant as these as the name suggests cause the person to have confusion and enter a stupor or fugue state. Psychedelics on the other hand alter a person’s cognition and perception. For many a psychedelic drug opens the mind up to differing consciousness such as those found in dreaming, deep meditation or a spiritual ecstasy. This is considered then a sort of short cut to experiences few people enjoy easily in their lifetime.
The Right Saliva
The saliva those who want this short cut to an intense mind altering experience are looking for is called salvia divinorum. This herb is also known as Diviner’s Sage, Seer’s Sage or less frequently Ska Maria Pastora. Mazatec shamans who started a tradition of using it to generate visionary states during healing sessions initially discovered this plant. The plants name alludes to its use in divination, and also to a culture belief linking this sage to the Virgin Mary.
Diviner’s sage is the psychoactive plant, which grows to 1 meter high or roughly 39 inches in height. The stem of the plant is square and hollow. It has large leaves and white flowers with purplish blue calyxes. This shrub thrives in shady and moist areas. The drug is derived form the plants leaves is legal in most countries at this time.
Not the Right Sage Plant
Salvia is actually the largest genus of plants in the mint family. These plants are all referred to by this name, but will have a common name as well. One the most common is a shrub no one wants to smoke called Salvia greggii. This plant is also called Autumn Sage, Autumn Salvia, and Cherry Sage. This shrub also grows well in the southwest and is found in Central, West, and South Texas as well as Mexico. This sage grows in rocky soils, and has small, dull pale green, glandular leaves. It is known to grow up to five feet high. These leaves give off a pleasant aroma a feature Seer’s sage does not share. The shrub-like sage has red, pale yellow, orange, salmon, purple, or white leaves or flowers. This shrub does not grow well in cold regions.
Only One Right Leaf
The leaves that are used for psychedelics are the spade-shaped green leaves that look like mint leaves only larger. These will have hollow stems. The correct common name is Divinorum, but again it is sometimes sold as Seer’s Sage or Diviner’s Sage. Street names are Maria Pastora or Sally-D. The use of the term salvia is often the only name the drug is sold by, but when in doubt getting assurance from the seller that this is in fact the psychedelic drug, and not from another plant can prevent a misunderstanding. In a head shop asking this question can cause a problem, but in this type of environment one is usual assured this is in fact the correct substance, leaf or plant.
Usually this drug is sold as an alternative to marijuana although the effects are faster, and more intense. It’s typically sold as a dried leaf, which will appear as orange, dark green or light brown with a mix of deep green. It can be found in this form sold in baggies, or a small box through some sellers. It is also possible to find a clear resin of this drug in bottled form. Head shops and online shops are the frequently the most common places to find this herbal drug in sufficient amounts to have an effect. Many of these shops will have their own names for Divinorum so when in doubt asking in some manner for clarification is best to prevent a misunderstanding. Most head shops will respond if ask if a product is salvia.
Legal or Not
While legal under federal law in the U.S. some cities and states have restrictions on the sale of this herb, so checking in advance of buying is recommended.