Salvia divinorum makes a beautiful houseplant, and it is grown just for that reason, but most people who grow this plant are only interested in its psychoactive effects. Under the right conditions, taken in the right way, Salvia produces a unique state of "divine inebriation." For hundreds of years, it has been used in religious and healing ceremonies by the Mazatec Indians, who live in the province of Oaxaca, in Mexico.
Salvia divinorum is an herb with large leaves and a distinctive thick, hollow, square green stem. The leaves are usually emerald green, occasionally yellow-green or even yellow, oval with serrated edges and can be several inches in length. The Salvia leaves are covered with a fine coating of extremely short hairs. When conditions are favorable, Salvia can grow as much as several yards high.
Salvia divinorum plants produce flowers of both sexes on a single plant. Unlike other species of salvia, though, Salvia divinorum seeds will seldom germinate. For an unknown reason, the herb has reduced pollen fertility. Pollen sterility is often suggestive of a plant of hybrid origin, although no species is recognized as the possible parent species.
Growing Zone- semi-tropical perennial (not exposed to freezing temperatures)
Salvia plants grow best in partial shade when planted in well-watered, well-drained soil.
Salvia is subject to root rot so the roots must not be over watered.
Salvia divinorum can be rooted by planting cuttings directly in potting soil.
Cut a length of stem from a healthy plant. Trim the Salvia cutting back to just below a spot on the stem where you have removed a lower leaf, leaving a few small leaves at the top of the cutting.
Place the stem into some rooting hormone to appoint above where you have removed a lower leaf, as this is from where the new roots will emerge. Shake off any excess rooting hormone. Use a pencil or a finger to make a hole in moistened potting soil about 2 inches deep. Place the cutting into the hole and gently press the soil tightly the cutting. Thoroughly water your planted cutting.
Place a 1-gallon clear plastic bag over the rooted cutting, using a rubber band to hold it in place. As the plastic bag acts to conserve moisture, frequent watering is not required. After several weeks, transplant the now rooted Salvia plant to a larger pot
Salvia divinorum was discovered in Oaxaca Mexico where the Mazatec native people use it to treat diarrhea, headaches and to facilitate visions. Since it is found in one small area of Mexico and only the Mazatec use it, it is thought to be native to this area, is a cultigen of the Mazatec, or is a cultigen passed on to the Mazatec from another indigenous group. The Mazatec are presumed to have created isolated strands of Salvia divinorum. For this reason, it is widely thought to be an herb not occurring in a wild state.
Like many entheogens, at sufficiently high doses it can induce visions.
Salvia leaf is physically quite safe. It is very gentle on the body.
Toxicological studies have shown that salvinorin A is extraordinarily non-toxic. No one has ever known to die from a Salvia overdose.
Salvia is not habit-forming or addictive. People, who choose to use Salvia tend to do so quite infrequently.
Salvia is not a stimulant.
It is not a sedative, is not a narcotic, it is not a tranquilizer.
In many countries world wide Salvia divinorum is a legal plant. In the US Missouri, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Delaware are the only states prohibit its use. Salvia divinorum is legal in other states in the US. More states are rapidly being added to the "prohibited" list during each State Legislative Session.
As of this writing the Feds have not declared it a controlled substance, but they are "studying the herb." My guess is that it will not be long before they declare Salvia illegal.
Australia, Denmark, Belgium, Italy, and South Korea are countries that have legislation making possession of Salvia divinorum illegal. Spain prohibits the sale of Salvia divinorum, but not possession or use. In Finland, Norway, Iceland, and Estonia, it is illegal to import Salvia divinorum without a relevant prescription from a doctor. It goes on and on; Additional information about Salvia's legal status, and pending legislation that might affect it, is available at: http://sagewisdom.org/legalstatus.html