Salvia divinorum

Salvia divinorum seeds

Salvia Divinorum is a very special plant not only for its hallucinogenic properties, but also because it produces very few seeds, and when it produces them these rarely germinate. Germination is, very briefly, the process that allows a seed to turn into a plant. It is therefore clear that it is very complicated and rare to find Salvia Divinorum seeds, even more so to find seeds that actually give plants. Reproduction therefore usually takes place by cuttings. The reproduction by cuttings basically involves the separation of a portion of root to be replanted in a vase where at a certain point it turns into an autonomous plant. Reproduction by cutting requires extreme precision, because if you make a mistake you not only lose the new plant but you risk infecting the old one.

Salvia divinorum Italy

The Salvia Divinorum in Italy has been banned since 2005. It was previously sold freely, but the evaluations of the Istituto Superiore della Sanità have led to the addition, together with its active ingredient Salvinorina A, to the list of prohibited substances. This type of sage has no harmful effects, but the possibilities of a so-called "bad trip" are high: it is in fact a unique hallucinogenic substance, which also gives tactile sensations, unlike any other substance. Like other hallucinogens, it has positive effects on opioid dependence and anxiety, but the exact way in which it acts is not yet completely known. Despite its positive effects, it seems that it is dangerous because of the power of the hallucinations it causes, and this is why it has been made illegal in Italy.

The effects of Salvia Divinorum are completely different from those of other hallucinogens. First of all, it is one of the rare cases in nature of dissociative hallucinogens, that is, that alters the perception of images and sounds. Famous for its effects and LSD, which is synthetic, however. The LSD has an effect that we can define synaesthetic, that is it allows us to perceive with a sense something that is pertinent to another: specifically, those who assume LSD report that they can see music: a visual perception therefore of something that is normally perceived with hearing. Salvia Divinorum has a similar but more potentially disturbing effect: it gives the sensation of perceiving what you see with touch, so those who use it may have the feeling of having animals walking on your body.