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Other plant products Category: Headshop Drugs

Salvia divinorum

(also called: diviner’s sage, divine mint, magic mint, ska maría pastora, sage of the seers, hallucinogenic sage, sage, the matrix, eclipse, salvia, salvia divinorum)

How it’s used

Salvia is a powerful, short acting hallucinogen. You can buy it as a ‘natural high’. The fresh plant leaf is light green in colour and dark brown or black when it is dried for smoking. Different strengths are available (10x, 20x, 30x). You can smoke salvia in pipes or joints and you can chew it. Salvia comes from the American plant salvia divinorum, a member of the mint or sage family. It has long been used in religious ceremonies by the Mazatec Indians in Mexico. Salvia has become popular in Ireland in recent years and you can buy it over the internet or in ‘head shops’ as a legal product.

Short-term effects

Long-term effects

Other dangers

If you are pregnant

Do not use if you are pregnant as we don’t know enough about the risks to your baby.


It is not addictive but you can build tolerance so you need to keep taking more to get the same buzz.


There are no withdrawal symptoms from salvia

How long does it stay in your system?

No urine test for this yet.

What help is available?

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