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Health Information For Teens
Salvia is an herb that’s native to the mountains of southern Mexico. One type, salvia divinorum, has a substance called salvinorin A that can cause intense psychedelic experiences.
Salvinorin A affects structures in the brain called opioid receptors. This makes salvia different from other hallucinogenic drugs like LSD and mushrooms, which affect the brain’s levels of a chemical called serotonin.
diviner’s sage, magic mint, maria pastora, sally-d, seer’s sage, and shepherdess’s herb
As a drug, salvia usually comes as fresh green plant leaves or dried shredded green leaves. Salvia can also be a liquid extract. Traditionally, users chewed the fresh salvia leaves or drank the extract, but now people also smoke the dried leaves.
Salvia’s effects come on quickly, sometimes in less than a minute. They usually disappear about 30 minutes to an hour later. Salvia’s effects on the mind can range from mild to intense. They may be frightening, depending on how strong a dose of the drug someone takes.
Common short-term effects include:
Some studies suggest that, over time, salvia use may contribute to a condition called dysphoria that is characterized by feelings of depression, discontent, and restlessness.
Smoking any substance over a long period of time, including salvia, can lead to breathing trouble and other health problems.
The biggest problem with salvia is that it has such dramatic psychological effects. Because the drug can impair a user’s coordination and reality so much, people under the influence of salvia can be a real danger to themselves. There is a substantial risk of injury or accidental death to salvia users.
Salvia is illegal in a number of foreign countries and in many American states. Possession or use of salvia in states where it is illegal is punishable by fines and jail time.
It’s not hard to find drugs, and sometimes it may seem like everyone’s doing them or wanting you to do them. But there are downsides (and dangers)Â to taking drugs.
School counselors can give you all sorts of tips and support on solving problems and making good decisions. But how do you meet with a counselor and what is it like? Find out here.
Heroin is a highly addictive drug made from the seed pod of the opium poppy plant. Learn more about heroin and its effects in this article for teens.
Bath salts are powerful stimulant drugs that increase brain and central nervous system activity. Find out how they can affect you in this article for teens.
Find out what you can do if you think you or a friend has a drug or alcohol addiction – from recognizing the warning signs to suggestions to help you stay clean.
Some kinds of mushrooms are considered illegal drugs because they contain substances that cause people to hallucinate. Find out more about hallucinogenic mushrooms in this article for teens.
PCP use is pretty rare these days, mostly because of the drug’s scary side effects. Find out more about the drug phencyclidine in this article for teens.
LSD is a chemical made from a type of fungus. Learn about its effects in this article for teens.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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