Salvia After Effects

May 29, 2014 4:46 pm Published by

The short and long term after-effects of Salvia divinorum are commonly referred to as the immediate and persistent ‘afterglow effects.’

Short term

The effects of Salvia

There are some effects that occur shortly after the peak experience that linger, but are markedly different. These typically last upwards of an hour and is most likely related to the physical presence of the salvinorin A until it clears out of the body. These effects include:

Increased insight: 47%Decreased insight: 1.8%
Improved mood: 44.8%Worsened mood: 4.0%
Increased connection with Universe or Nature: 39.8%Decreased connection with Universe or Nature: 5.4%
Increased sweating: 28.2%Decreased sweating: 1.6%
Body felt warm or hot: 25.2%Body felt cold: 6.4%
Increased self-confidence: 21.6%Decreased self-confidence: 2.4%
Improved concentration: 19.4%Difficulty concentrating: 12.0%

Some other commonly reported after effects:

  • Feelings of calmness: 42.2%
  • Weird thoughts: 36.4%
  • Things seeming unreal: 32.4%
  • Floating feelings: 32%
  • Mind racing: 23.2%
  • Feeling lightheaded: 22.2%

As the effects will differ from person to person, there is no way to tell which ones you might exhibit. However, although a negative reaction is possible, the positive seem to far outweigh the negative on the whole. Erowid mentions the following reported effects in their Salvia FAQ

Long term

Studies offer limited information concerning long-term effects of Salvia divinorum mood.  Other k-opioid agonists are well known to cause dysphoria and “depressive-like” effects in humans, but there has been no such evidence for Salvia divinorum and salvia has even been used to treat depression. Baggott’s survey of 500 people with firsthand experience of salvia found that 25.8% of respondents reported improved mood and “antidepressant-like effects” lasting 24 hours or longer. Only 4.4% reported persisting (24 hours or more) negative effects (most often anxiety) on at least one occasion. This same survey found only 0.6% reporting an addicting feeling, and 1.2% reported strong cravings; both of which were deemed too few to “report with any confidence.”  Unlike many other drugs, there are little to no reports of any withdrawal or hangover like effects the next day or anytime after.

It should be noted that if smoked, Salvia divinorum takes on all the risks of smoking any substance exhibits. These include cancer, emphysema, bronchitis, stroke and cardiovascular disease. If these are a concern to you, the chewing or drinking methods should be used.

Therapeutic potential

Studies have shown positive findings in using Salvia divinorum in the treatment of depression as well as a plethora of other diseases and addictions. In one experiment rats were given free access to cocaine, then to both cocaine and Salvinorin A (the molecule responsible for the main psychogenic properties of Salvia divinorum). Once exposed to an environment with both compounds, the rats stopped consuming the cocaine and went exclusively to the Salvinorin A. There is still much ongoing research and testing being done on Salvia divinorum and drugs derived therefrom, with focuses ranging from Alzheimer’s and schizophrenia to even AIDS and cancer.

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