Also know as:
Eclipse, Holy Sage, Mexican Magic Mint
Salvia divinorum is a Mexican plant, with leaves that contain psychoactive chemicals that produce hallucinations. Sold on the internet and in ‘headshops’ as ‘herbal ecstasy’, salvia is one of a number of substances marketed as ‘herbal highs’ Salvia is sold in dried leaf form.
How it is taken
Salvia is either chewed or smoked.
Although salvia has been around for hundreds of years, there has been very little research carried out into its effects. Depending on dosage, experiences can vary from the fairly mild to full blown with psychedelic hallucinations. At higher doses users have reported experiencing dramatic time distortion, vivid imagery and scary hallucinations.
Taking salvia does involve risks. There is some concern that salvia could trigger psychotic episodes particularly in young people and people with previous history of, or a family history of, mental health problems.
Throat and lung irritation, headaches and mild irritability have been reported after using salvia.
Most physical harms resulting from using salvia occur as a result of people injuring themselves when under the influence of salvia, rather than salvia directly causing harm.
There is some concern that salvia could trigger psychotic episodes, particularly in young people and people with previous history of, or a family history of, mental health problems.
Salvia is a psychoactive drug and is covered by the 2016 Psychoactive Substances Act, which means it’s illegal to give away or sell. There’s no penalty for possession, unless you’re in prison. Supply and production can get you up to 7 years in prison, an unlimited fine or both.