Does Salvia Extract Go Bad Or Go Off ?

Does salvia go off? The good news on Salvia-D is that this is a hearty plant, and the leaves will keep for a long period of time. This is in keeping with lots of benefits of using this psychedelic herb over a number of others. This is one of shortest, but headiest highs possible, and if some care is taken of these leaves or other forms used.

What is Salvia?

Salvia is often sold under this name, but in fact this is the genus name for the plant. The true name is Salvia divinorum or S. divinorum. It’s also called Sally-D, Maria Pastora, Diviner’s Sage, or Seer’s sage. In shops it’s usually referred to as just salvia or Maria Pastora. Online it is known by a combination of these names. This shrub’s leaves have a hallucinogen compound that’s been used for centuries to achieve an altered state of consciousness. While the plant isn’t sold commercially, the leaves are sold in a variety of forms from head shops and online sources. While in a few countries, states, and cities the substance is banned, most places have no laws regulating the sells or use of S. divinorum.

Methods of Use

This plant’s active compound Salvinorin A must be introduced into the blood stream in order to for these compounds to have affect. There are several methods of use including smoking, chewing, and drinking an extract. The various methods of use will impact how long the effects will last with smoking seeing a duration of 30 minutes for the entire experience while some claim an hour or more duration with extract.

It’s possible to chew fresh or dried leaves. Smoking is usually with dried leaves, or dried leaves fortified with extract. Extract can also be added to liquids and drank. In these ways the Salvinorin A is either introduced into the body through the tissues of a person’s mouth, lungs or digestive tract.

Effects of Salvia

When first used the effects were only known through the observations of those who used it. Research has now caught up with the facts about Salvia-D in finding it acts at the kappa opiate receptor of an individual’s brain. Affecting this area of someone’s mind it alters human perception, for a limited amount of time. There is no evidence of long-term effects of this use, and there have been no reports of dangers, or of medical issues stemming from the use of this herb.

In the short term while these compounds are interacting with the brain a person will have intense hallucinations. He or she will have a rushing sensation as if traveling through time, and floating, spinning, or lightness or heaviness sensations. Visual hallucinations are common even when the eyes are closed. The person might also have dizziness, slurred speech, decreased heart rate, racing heart, lack of coordination, and nausea.

Storing Fresh Leaf

Storing fresh leaves is often difficult no matter what the type. The first step is to wash them and then pat the leaf dry. Fold the leaf along the stem, and cut the stem as close to the bottom of the leaf as possible. Cut the largest bulk of its stem from the leaf leaving only the top tip of stem still attached to the top portion of leaf. This top portion of leaf and the tip of its stem will hold the leaf together. Roll the leaf in a paper towel and store the leaf in a refrigerator. It’s best to store in the bottom of a refrigerator at normal temperatures.

Storing Dry Leaf

The dried leaf will hold for the effects of its active chemicals for an indefinite period of time. There is no risk of the dried leaf “going bad”, or losing it’s effectiveness if stored correctly. These should be kept in a dry place, with no direct sunlight, and no direct UV light should be able to enter the container it’s stored in, so most use a dark storage container. These should be kept in a refrigerator, or not allowed to be left anywhere that allows in cold or damp.

Storing the Tincture

Storing liquid S. divinorum is easy. It shouldn’t be kept refrigerated, as this will thicken the mixture. The bottle should be dark enough to mute light and keep UV light from entering. Store the bottle in a dry place away from any addition moisture.

Long Term

Stored properly the active compounds will not be affected for a very long time. The fresh leaf will naturally wilt after a period of time, but even in this state the chemicals will remain “good”, it’s not just not as chewable in this condition and the bitterness will be overwhelming. Dried leaf and liquid forms will remain active and good for years if decades if properly stored and kept from moisture or light.