What is Salvia?

Salvia is derived from the American plant Salvia divinorum, a member of the mint family. It is used by the Mazatecs and others in Meso America in shaman rituals and healing.


It is sometimes marketed in the UK as herbal ecstasy, using names such as Eclipse. Salvia is purchased dried for smoking (in large amounts) or as a herbal remedy under its botanical name.

Its effects are more hallucinatory than other new psychoactive substances – though high doses are usually needed to achieve these effects. The main active ingredient is thought to be salvinorum A.

Salvia is not illegal to possess but you can be prosecuted for selling it or advertising it for human consumption.

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