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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Salvia (of the type Salvia divinorum) is an herb common to southern Mexico and Central and South America. It is used as a hallucinogenic drug, and can alter sensory perceptions, often resulting in an ‘out of body’ experience.

Traditionally salvia has been ingested by chewing fresh leaves or by drinking their extracted juices. The dried leaves of salvia can also be smoked as a joint, consumed in water pipes, or vaporized and inhaled.

The effects of salvia vary depending on how much is taken and how it is taken. Subjective effects have been described as intense but short-lived, appearing in less than one minute and lasting less than 30 minutes. Effects include disassociation, psychedelic-like changes in visual perception, mood and body sensations, emotional swings, feelings of detachment and hallucinations.

Some people find the experience enjoyable, while others find the loss of control over themselves, their body and perception of their environment unpleasant or scary.

Slang/Common usage

Ska Pastora, Diviner's Mint, Sally-D, Lady Salvia, Seers Sage

  1. Health effects

    Short-term effects

    The effects of salvia can be felt immediately when taken orally and last up to 30 minutes.

    Some of the effects of lower doses include:

  2. Dependence, addiction and overdose risk

    Dependence and addiction

    Salvia shows little evidence of addictive potential (chemical dependence). It has been suggested that a behavioural desire (habit) might arise if salvia is used too frequently.

  3. Law and penalities

    Salvia is currently an unapproved psychoactive substance under the Psychoactive Substances Act 2013 which means that it is illegal to import, manufacture, or sell this substance without a license.

    The penalties for importation without a license can lead to a term of imprisonment not exceeding 2 years or in the case of a company a fine up to $500,000.

    The penalties for manufacturing without a license can lead to term of imprisonment no exceeding 2 year or in the case of a company a fine up to $500,000.

  4. Salvia trends

    Recreational use of salvia is relatively low in New Zealand.

  5. Reducing the harm

    The Drug Foundation’s message is clear: no drug use is the safest drug use. However, we know there will be occasions when people ignore warnings and use drugs in a dangerous manner. To help keep communities safe we therefore provide information about proven methods of drug harm reduction.

  6. How to get help

    If you feel you or anyone you know needs help, there are a number of treatment organisations you can contact confidentially.

    DrugHelp is a uniquely New Zealand website for people looking for help with their own or someone else’s drug use. DrugHelp shares the stories, experiences, insight and hope of people who have been there – people who have abused drugs and found a way through.

  7. Links

    A list of relevant links to further information and resources about Salvia Divinorum Main web resource on Salvia Divinorum and its uses Good overview of Salvia Divinorum Uniquely New Zealand website that helps people who use drugs, and their loved ones, find solutions to the problems drug use has caused.