Salvia divinorum is a plant from the mint family. It’s a species of sage and is grown in the Mazatec region of the Sierra Madre Mountains in Oaxaca, Mexico. It contains a substance called salvinorin-A, which is the most potent naturally occurring vision inducer. Salvia has large green leaves with white and purple flowers that typically grow in large clusters to more than 3 feet in height. The most effective component of this herb helps it in inducing hallucinations and today Salvia divinorum is the most potent naturally occurring hallucinogenic chemical. The use of Salvia divinorum began long ago among the people of Mexico. It was used for medicinal as well as spiritual purposes.
In Oaxaca, Mexico Salvia divinorum is a highly valued herb and they called it the “leaf of prophecy,” Diviner’s Sage, or Yerba de Maria because they believed it was the incarnation of the Virgin Mary. To them the Virgin Mary had reincarnated into Salvia divinorum and so you can picture how holy they treated this plant. The Mazatec people treat the plant with respect, praying to it before cutting it. American kids pretend it’s a party drug even though it doesn’t have the recreational effects of other drugs or alcohol. It’s best used for meditative states, spiritual purposes and exploring consciousness. Not for “partying.” It does not induce euphoria in those using it and so it is not suited as a party drug.
This herb can be used in various forms; it can be crushed and then the juice is then squeezed in a glass and mixed with water, it can be smoked and it can also be vaporized. The Mazatec people mostly chew and swallow fresh leaves re-hydrated dried leaves can be used as well. 26 leaves is a common dose, but the size of the leaves vary greatly. The effects come from the juice which is absorbed through mouth tissue, so it’s good to hold the leaves in your cheeks for as long as possible. This is to allow you to absorb more of the components of this herb. The Mazatec will sometimes crush the leaves on a stone into a pulp and squeeze the pulp to produce juice which is added to water, but this produces a weaker effect. It is also effective when vaporized, where the dosage should be 1 milligram or less. There are different ways of taking this herb and so every user can choose the method that works best for him.
Those who have taken Salvia can sometimes induce visions with spirals and recursions, loss of physical self, a feeling of being connected to the entire universe, a sense of understanding and peace, and severe distortions of time and space, sometimes traveling to other worlds or dimensions. It’s sometimes described as an entheogen, a word that comes from Greek, loosely translated as “making possible contact with the divine within.”
Salvia peaks in one to three minutes after smoking it and the effects when smoked last for five to 20 minutes. But taken orally, it’ll take 10 to 20 minutes to kick in and can last from 15 minutes to over 3 hours. So taking it orally is much better than smoking it. Most of those who try it for the first time roll it like cigarettes but this is not effective but instead leaves a person feeling dizzy. When taken for the first time it may impact differently. To some people it does not cause any effect in them but to some people it will cause intense effect that sometimes makes them stop after taking it once.
Some of the effects of Salvia
The most effective component in Salvia is salvinorin A, binds on the on the kappa opioid receptors in the brain, causing an altered perception of reality. The kappa opioid receptor is thought to have a role in pain control and certain psychiatric disorders. Hence it may possibly have an effect on pain. Some of the effects that come after using salvia include visual distortions, hallucinations, intense dissociation and disconnectedness from reality, physical or visual impairment, disorientation and dizziness. Synesthesia is possible, where physical sensations become intertwined and it is possible to “hear” colors or “smell” sounds!
Salvia is not regulated in most countries and so used without fear of intimidation from authorities but is a handful of states it has been outlawed. However there are discussions whether to regulate it or not.
Kratom refers to the plant Mitragyna speciosa Korth .Is a plant that is mainly grown in Thailand. The Mitragyna genus, part of the family Rubiaceae, is found in tropical and sub-tropical regions of Asia and Africa. This plant is used for medicinal purposes in Thailand but is also used for its fine timber products. When used for medicinal purposes, the dominant effects seem to be similar to opiate drugs, and include analgesia and cough suppression. These opiate-like effects appear to be mediated mostly by delta and mu opioid receptors. In lower dosages, mitragynine exhibits a yohimbine-like binding to alpha-adrenergic receptors, as well as some binding to the delta opioid receptors. As doses increase, binding to delta receptors increases, and in yet higher doses, crossover to mu receptors occurs.
Using this mitragynine may result in a reduction in smooth muscle tone, local anesthesia, and central nervous system depression. It also causes dry mouth, increased urination, loss of appetite, and constipation coupled with small, blackish stools. However it does not cause vomiting nor nausea as common with opiates. When used heavily it may cause prolonged sleep.
It also causes anorexia and weight loss, insomnia, and a darkening of the skin, particularly on the cheeks. It also reduces sexual desire when used for a long time and is addictive when used in high doses. Addicts show such withdrawal symptoms as hostility, aggression, wet nose, inability to work, flow of tears, muscle and bone aches, and jerky limb movement. With all these side effects it’s therefore safe to avoid using Kratom Mitragyna.
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