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Information provided below is courtesy of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Salvia Divinorum Overview

Salvia Addiction TreatmentSalvia divinorum is a perennial herb in the mint family that is abused for its hallucinogenic effects. Nick names include Sally-D, salvia, and Maria Pastora. Salvia is native to certain areas of the Sierra Mazaleca region of Oaxaca, Mexico. It is one of several plants that are used by Mazatec Indians for ritual divination. Salvia divinorum plants can be grown successfully outside of this region. They can be grown indoors and outdoors, especially in humid semitropical climates. The plant has spade-shaped variegated green leaves that look similar to mint. The plants themselves grow to more than three feet high, have large green leaves, hollow square stems, and white flowers with purple calyces.

Salvia Divinorum Signs of Abuse

Feelings of being separate from one’s body and environment; impaired motor function; loss of coordination, dizziness, and slurred speech

Effects of Salvia Divinorum Abuse

Short-lived, but intense hallucinations, altered visual perception, mood, body sensations; emotional swings, feelings of detachment from one’s body; highly modified perception of external reality and self; sweating

Salvia Divinorum Withdrawal Symptoms

  • Possible nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms

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