Dr. Aditya Sardana
Salvia divinorum is a hallucinogenic herb belonging to the mint family (family: Lamiaceae / Labiatae). It is indigenous to certain areas of the mountainous Sierra Mazateca region located in the northern part of Oaxaca (Oaxaca is a state in Mexico). Salvia divinorum is a perennial plant with hollow stems, green leaves, white-colored flowers with calyces of purple color, and can attain a height of over three feet. Salvia divinorum has been traditionally used by the Mazatec Indians (indigenous people of northern part of the Mexican state of Oaxaca) for the purposes of divination and healing.
Salvia divinorum has been placed under regulatory controls in several states of United States of America (USA), Australia, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Denmark, Japan, Estonia, Sweden, and Finland.
S. divinorum is also known as la Pastora, ska Pastora, Maria Pastora, Magic Mint, the Shepherdess, Shepherdess’s Herb, the Leaves of the Shepherdess, ska Maria Pastora, Diviner’s Mint, yerba de Maria, Diviner’s Sage, Sally-D, Sage of the Seers, and simply, Salvia.
Salvia divinorum is used by chewing fresh leaves, drinking juice extracted from fresh leaves, smoking dried leaves in pipes or bong or cigarettes, or by inhaling its vapors.
To know the Mechanism of Action of Salvia divinorum, see: How does Salvia divinorum act?