What is Salvia?
Salvia is a plant belonging to the sage family that is considered a natural hallucinogen. It is used as a recreational drug, similar to marijuana, by many adolescents. It provides short psychedelic experiences by activating certain central nervous system receptors.
Most users ingest this drug via use of a hookah or water pipe. Less often, it is smoked or baked into food. It is most likely to be used by white affluent males between the ages of 18 and 25 and LSD users. Data from the 2015 Monitoring the Future Study shows that 1.9 percent of 12th grade students had used salvia within the previous 12 months. These students may be referring to the drug by its nicknames, including Sally-D, Magic Mint, Lady Sally and Incense Special.
According to the Drug Enforcement Agency, Salvia is considered a drug of concern. Its side effects include slurred speech, loss of coordination, confusion and sweating. It can also cause a disruption of space and time to users, which can be confusing and dangerous.
Due to its dangerous side effects, parents and educators should be aware of this substance so they can help prevent use.