Used for centuries by indigenous groups throughout America for religious purposes, salvia divinorum, also known as “diviner’s sage,” “magic mint” and “sally d,” is a psychoactive herb which produces extremely intense hallucinations when used and thus, is used by many for recreational purposes.
Although it is not a drug which is commonly abused, the underlying problems that can drive people towards substances like salvia are well known to Sovereign Health. Our California facilities treat both the mental and physical symptoms that often accompany salvia abuse. Moreover, we make sure that the treatment process for salvia addiction begins with a proper detoxification treatment that can flush out all toxins from an individual’s body and speed up recovery.
Usually, salvia is smoked, however, it can also be chewed, vaped and even turned into a liquid concentrate. According to a research conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), it has been found that salvia use doesn’t result in any form of dependence or addiction. In fact, its use is legal and decriminalized in several states, but is still illegal in many others.
Abusing salvia can have detrimental effects on an individual’s health. Its use can rapidly and utterly alter a person’s perception – a change that can be highly damaging to a user unprepared – or unaware – of salvia’s intense effects. Experiences with salvia can also lead to memory loss and loss of consciousness. Yes, salvia’s effects are short-lived; most trips can be measured in minutes. That’s more than enough time for a person to crash through a coffee table, or jump through a window to escape disturbing visions.
It is important to remember that salvia administered in a clinical or spiritual environment affect its user differently than a user experimenting with it at a loud party or a user who was expecting the vastly different effects of marijuana.
Some of the common symptoms that signify salvia use are:
- Mood swings, including sensations of extreme fear and panic
- Memory loss and severe impairment of coordination
It is important for an individual to be very careful when using this drug as using it over a long period of time can have several effects, such as:
- A compulsion to escape reality via salvia.
- An inability to stop using salvia, or a belief that salvia use makes life worth living.
- Participating in dangerous behavior – intentionally or otherwise – while under the influence of salvia.
- Psychological damage resulting from repeated salvia disorder – or from using salvia along with other illicit substances.