An internet search on salvia abuse or addiction provides some excellent deals at your local Lowe’s or Home Depot. It also shows the helpful information that it is deer resistant. Look a little more closely. You’ll see incongruous words such as “psychoactive” and “hallucinogen.” It’s true. This innocuous, pretty purple plant in your herb garden has a sinister side.
What is Salvia Addiction?
According to Wikipedia:
Its native habitat is in a cloud forest in the isolated Sierra Mazateca of Oaxaca, Mexico. It grows in shady and moist locations. The plant grows to over a meter high. Also, the stems are square and hollow. It also has large leaves and occasional white flowers with violet calyxes.
Mazatec shamans have a long and continuous tradition of religious use of Salvia divinorum, using it to facilitate visionary states of consciousness during spiritual healing sessions.
Most of the plant’s local common names allude to the Mazatecs’ post-Columbian belief that the plant is an incarnation of the Virgin Mary, with its ritual use also invoking that relationship.
The alarm generated by this entry is ameliorated by the soothing reassurance that “Salvia divinorum is understood to be of low toxicity and low addictive potential.”
Even more fascinating, [technical details of the plant’s chemistry] shown by salvia may, in fact, serve as a potent addiction treatment therapy.
Monitoring the Future Survey on Salvia Abuse
Also, a Monitoring the Future survey conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse shows salvia as a substance abused by teens. Perhaps an unfortunate side effect of a science project, the discovery of this sage’s helper from ages past.
Of course, the long-term effects of salvia abuse are unknown. But, recent studies with animals show that salvia harms learning and memory.
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