All About Salvia and Hallucinogens in General: The Drugs Explained and Described
Salvia Divinorum, (most commonly known on the street as, “salvia”), is a plant common to southern Mexico and Central and South America as well. Other names for salvia are Diviner’s Sage, Maria Pastora, Sally-D, and Magic Mint, though the name salvia is by far the most common one.
Salvia, an herbal drug which is smoked like marijuana but is actually a much more powerful hallucinogenic, had flown under the radar for quite some time now with only 15 states having made it an actual illegal substance under any and all circumstances. Until just a few years ago the herbal drug was legal in California, but now the drug is thankfully not legal at all there.
Hallucinogens, of which salvia is a part of the family, are a very, very diverse group of drugs that alter perceptions and visual appearances, (awareness of surrounding objects and conditions basically). Salvia and other drugs in this same family also alter thoughts and feelings both too. These drugs cause major and often very dangerous hallucinations, or sensations and images that seem real though they are actually not. Hallucinogens can be found in some plants and mushrooms, (or their extracts), or can be human-made too.
People have used hallucinogens for centuries, mostly for religious rituals, but that does not mean that it is okay to use them or that people should still use them today. Research from today’s information age suggests that hallucinogens work at least partially by temporarily disrupting communication between brain chemical systems throughout the brain and spinal cord. Some hallucinogens interfere with the action of the brain chemical serotonin too. All of this and more was not known when hallucinogens were more accepted in society, but now that it is known it is very illegal and obviously very dangerous to take them.
Not enough is known yet about the absolute full extent of the long-term effects of hallucinogens, really. Researchers do know that ketamine users may develop symptoms that include ulcers in the bladder, kidney problems, and poor memory too. People who use and abuse Salvia tend to have permanent brain damage of certain mental faculties. Repeated use of PCP and Salvia can result in long-term effects that may continue for a year or more after use stops, such as:
• speech problems
• memory loss
• weight loss
• depression and suicidal thoughts
Why Salvia and Other Hallucinogens Like It Should be Banned and Outlawed
Evidence has for a long time now indicated to us that certain hallucinogens can be addictive or that people can develop a tolerance to them if they are used for long enough. This is true of any hallucinogen, Salvia included. Use of some hallucinogens also produces tolerance to other similar drugs too that can simply compound the addiction and make it even more difficult for the individual to get off the drug or chemical substance.
All in all, Salvia and other drugs like it are dangerous, addictive, have potentially seriously damaging short term consequences as well as long term, damaging and permanent consequences too. All in all, the right thing to do is to make this drug and other drugs like it very, very illegal so that individuals will not be able to get a hold of it quite so easily. On top of that, it must also become a priority for parents to effectively and thoroughly educate their kids and young adult children on the harmful effects of drug and alcohol abuse so that the youth population does not seek out Salvia and other hallucinogens in the first place.