Salvia Divinorum side effects

Salvia Divinorum side effectsEven though Salvinorin A is not toxic, nothing is known about the long-term side effects of Salvia Divinorum. Experience with another hallucinogen (LSD) teaches us that such substances can and at least sometimes do have serious dangers - such as increased risk of suicide.
At very low dosages, Salvia can act as an antidepressant. Low dosages often yield "interesting" experiences. In larger dosages, the person fully loses control over mind and body, does not percieve anything or anybody like they really are, and can start violently trash about or run out of the house and underneath a car. People who have experienced this generally never want to use Salvia again.

Motoric Impairment with Salvia

A main danger of Salvia is the fact that especially at higher dosages, motoric coordination is zero and the user starts stumbling and rolling throught the room, breaking furniture and possibly bones in the process. Driving a vehicle or operating machinery is obviously extremely dangerous, under the influence of Salvia. By all means make sure all sources of fire, all open flames are secured because in case candles are lit, the risk of causing a fire and not being able to do anything about it is enormous.
Another side effect of Salvia Divinorum is the socalled "bad trip", euphemistically called "disphoria".
Arguably "positive" side effects of Salvia Divinorum include the feeling of moving through space, unifying with objects like a chair or a table, a complete experience of understanding of the world, strange feelings of altered gravity, a loss of the self, changing of geometry of the surroundings, the experience of multiple simultaneous realities and out of body experiences.
Salvia effects include feelings of hotness or coldness, lack of muscle coordination, skin swelling, chills or goosebumps, increased heart rate (tachycardia) or increased tear production.

Psychological side effects of Salvia Divinorum

Psychological side effects of Salvia Divinorum include anxiety, irritability, (extreme) dizziness, drowsiness, sleeping difficulty, mood effects, lightheadedness, racing thoughts, increased self-confidence, increased or decreased concentration. More Salvia side effetcs are "unreal" appearing surroundings, increased insight (or thinking so..), spiritual experiences, strange thoughts, a floating feeling, calmness or yawning. Slight headaches have also been reported after using Salvia.
Salvia should definitely not be used as a recreational drug, althought it is highly recommended to use a "sitter" to prevent injury.
Salvia has extreme psychological effects. The user usually experiences a completely different reality, and may act accordingly. Also when an extract of unknown strength or a high dose is consumed, an observer is very much to be recommended. Undesirable accidents seem to be the only known problem currently, as the danger of Salvia is that the effects sets in immediately and a pipe may be dropped, causing a fire that can't be extinguished because the user is unable to function. The user of Salvia Divinorum may injure themselves due to lack of motoric control.
Well-known side effects of Salvia Divinorum are mild headache, bronchial irritation, irritability and insomnia.
Salvia greatly impairs the ability to drive. Most people think they are safe to drive three ours after using Salvia. Liquid Salvia (drinking the infusion) has an even longer effect on the ability to drive: At least up to 8 hours.

Salvia and mental illness

Individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder might become even more unstable when under the influence of Salvia. Some people suffering from clinical depression have reported that Salvia has lifted their depression, for others it could make a pre-existing depression acutely worse. For such a person there may be risk of suicide.
A potential danger of Salvia Divinorum is long-term brain damage, especially when pure Salvinorin is been used. Salvinorin has some phenomenological similarities to dissociatives such as ketamine and PCP, and these dissociatives can cause brain damage called Olney's Lesions when taken in at high doses.
Salvia may cause decreased heart rate, increased perspiration, changes in body temperature, inability to maintain balance, loss of coordination, chills, inability to control muscles and short-term effects on motor-control. The effects of salvia are typically short-lived.
Salvia side effects are immediate physical effects such as loss of control over motor functions. Salvia Divinorum can trigger panic attacks. Individuals with schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders (even if in remission) might experience a Salvia induced relapse or exacerbation of their condition.
Salvia is a hallucinogen, and one might risk getting flashbacks in the future.
Commonly reported side effects of Salvia Divinorum are nausea, migraines and a dry mouth.
Other side effects of Salvia Divinorum include uncontrollable laughter, revisiting past memories, visions of membranes, films and various two-dimensional surfaces, sensations of motion, or being pulled or twisted by forces, merging with, or becoming objects, overlapping realities, such as the perception of being in several locations at once.

Smoking Salvia Divinorum and its side effects

The dangers of Salvia are mainly the same as that of cigarettes in terms of the chance of lung cancer and other illnesses.
Other reported side effects of Salvia Divinorum are perceived time travel, traveling to other dimensions, meeting mystical creatures, improved mood, calmness, seeing through walls, increased insight, increased connection with the universe or nature, a floating feeling, out of body experiences, lucid dreaming and increased self-confidence.
Dangers of Salvia are difficulty concentrating, decreased self-confidence and a worsened mood.
When using Salvia Divinorum, sometimes extreme outbreaks of sweating occur. In particular in inexperienced users or when the effects are unexpectedly powerful, anxiety, panic and especially disorientation may easily set in. Sometimes users go around without noticing their surroundings and accidents may happen. There is therefore a real risk of doing unintentional damage to oneself, if there is no observer at hand, even if this condition does not last very long. It may also happen that the user may not remember that he has taken a drug. These Salvia side effects depend on the dose.

This is our research on the alleged dangers of Salvia Divinorum / adverse effects of Salvia Divinorum and not medical advice!

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