SALVIA DIVINORUM

OTHER NAME(S):

Divine Mexican Mint, Diviner's Mint, Diviners Sage, Divinorin, Divinorin A, Feuilles de la Berg&egrave;re, Feuilles de la Vierge, Herb-of-the-Virgin, Herba de María, Hierba de la Virgen, Hojas de la Pastora, La Hembra, Leaves of the Virgin Shepherdess, Magic Mint, Menthe Magique, Mexican Sage, Mexican Sage Incense, Pipiltzintzintli, Sadi, Sally-D, Salvia, Salvia divinorum, Salvinorin, Salvinorin A, Sage of the Seers, Sauge des Devins, Sauge Divinatoire, Ska Maria, Ska Maria Pastora, Yerba de Maria, Yerba Maria.<br/><br/>

Overview

Overview Information

Salvia divinorum is an herb in the mint family. It has been used for centuries in religious ceremonies by the Mazatec Indians, a native people who live in Oaxaca, Mexico. The Mazatecs believe it is an incarnation of the Virgin Mary.

Salvia divinorum is used most famously as a recreational drug. It produces hallucinations when inhaled, when the leaves are chewed, or when extracts are placed under the tongue. It is widely available through smoke shops and on the Internet in concentrated form. It is used in cigarettes and incense. Salvia divinorum possession and use is legal in most states in the US, but the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is reviewing it for possible controlled substance regulation. It is considered illegal in some states including Delaware, Louisiana, Maine, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.

Salvia divinorum is also taken by mouth as a medicine for diarrhea, headache, joint pain (rheumatism), stomachbloating, and as a tonic and end-of-life remedy. It is taken to regulate urination and bowel movements.

How does it work?

Salvia divinorum contains chemicals that can cause hallucinations. These chemicals are destroyed by digestive juices. There isn’t much information about how diviner’s sage might work as a medicine.

Uses

Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of diviner’s sage for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

Salvia divinorum is POSSIBLY UNSAFE. It can cause serious side effects including nausea, dizziness, slurred speech, confusion, paranoia, and hallucinations.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of diviner’s sage during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Interactions

Interactions?

We currently have no information for SALVIA DIVINORUM Interactions.

Dosing

Dosing

The appropriate dose of Salvia divinorum depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for diviner's sage. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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