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.
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