Salvia divinorum, also known as Magic Mint Ska Maria Pastora Sally D is a popular herb of Sage family. It is considered as a cousin of the popular salvia plants, and is available in head shops, herbal stores, tobacco shops, and was also a cause of concern among parents of teens across the country. This is because, it is said that the herb induces a dreamlike, intense experience, which could prove unpleasant for first-time users.
However, modern researches indicate that Salvia has shown some positive legitimate results in the laboratory research, though the concern shown by public is also true. Salvia divinorum, contains an active ingredient, Salvinorin A, which is a powerful hallucinogen that affects the brain, working exactly in the same place as morphine, and other pain killers.
Numerous other pharmacological and biochemical studies have indicated that Salvinorin A and Salvia divinorium could lead to new drugs, that can be used for treating Schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s and other diseases.
Though, there have been regulations against the usage of Salvia divinorium, the powerful effects of salvia, researchers are of the opinion that the drug should not be completely banned, due to the powerful effects.
But, due to the strong dose of the herb, which gives the users an instant feeling of having landed in another location, is actually a frightening experience for first-time users and they are not likely to try the herb again. Majority of researchers suggest that as the herb is being marketed among teens as producing a high, and hence is suggested that it should be banned in the same way as alcohol and should be kept off-limits to teens.