Salvia divinorum is a fast-acting hallucinogenic herb that’s become a popular recreational drug among teenagers and young adults. It can be sold as seeds, leaves, or as a liquid extract and, upon burning, many say the smell is similar to incense. Although salvia isn’t illegal according to federal law, a handful of states and a number of countries have passed laws to regulate its use.
Still, it’s often called a “legal” trip because it can mimic the effects of illicit substances like LSD and ecstasy though salvia’s effects don’t last as long—usually around 8 minutes—after which, they taper off.
Despite its legal status, salvia has not been deemed safe. In fact, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) lists salvia as a drug of concern that poses risk to people who use it.1
Also Known As: Salvia is also commonly called Magic Mint, Sally-D, Diviner’s Sage, Ska Maria Pastora, Seer’s Sage, Shepherdess’s Herb, Lady Sally, Purple Sticky, and Incense Special.
Drug Class: Salvia is classified as a hallucinogen.
Common Side Effects: Side effects of the drug can include visual distortions and hallucinations, intense dissociation and disconnections from reality, disorientation or dizziness, synesthesia (“hearing” colors or “smelling” sounds), cartoon-like imagery, improved mood, and uncontrollable laughter.