What is Salvia Divinorum?
Salvia Divinorum is an extraordinary plant of the mint family. It is also known as Diviner’s Mint, Ska María Pastora, or Seer’s Sage. It is commonly referred to by its genus name, Salvia. Salvia has been used for thousands of years for divination, healing, and meditation by the Mazatec Shamans.
What is Salvia? What chemical does the plant contain? What is the Salvia psychedelic experience? How long does the smoked Salvia journey last?
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The Diviner’s Mint: Leaf of the Shepherdess
Salvia Divinorum is is used by the curanderos to travel into the spirit realm allowing the discovery the true cause of the patient’s trouble. In true Shamanism, it is the Shaman who takes the drug and journeys into the spirit world.
Salvia stands about a meter tall and has large leaves with square stems. The levaes contain the main chemical, Salvinorin-A.
Salvinorin Alpha is the main active psychotropic molecule responsible for the entheogenic experience produced by Salvia Divinorum.
Salvinorin Alpha is an oxygenated cyclic diterpenoid. Four of its isoprene groups are attached to oxygenated polycyclic rings. Salvinorin A is not an alkaloid as it contains no nitrogen atoms unlike almost all known classical, natural, or synthetic hallucinogens (such as LSD, DMT, Psilocybin, and Mescaline).
Salvinorin A is the one of most potent κ-opioid receptor agonists. It doesn’t affect the Serotonin, Dopamine or NMDA receptors. Scientists classify Salvinorin-A as a dissociative hallucinogen with some delirium inducing properties. Due to a lack of research, we don’t yet know the toxicity and long term effects of Salvia.
Salvinorin A does not cause addiction.The desire to trip on Salvia reduces with repeated use. It is a self-regulating hallucinogen, like most psychedelics. Salvinorin A also does not cross-tolerance with other hallucinogens.
Founder Hash Borgir has been taking Salvia for 17 years, but had never smoked it before. Last year he smoked Salvia for the first time, and had one of the most profound experiences of his life. He discovered a very peculiar feature of Salvia. Salvia Divinorum is a time machine for children that takes you back into your childhood.
The time traveling feature of salvia is ever-present, always.