Salvia and Pranayama

December 4th, 2008

Many people use salvia to relax and meditate. Of course Pranayama is a popular form of yoga so it has come to pass that the two have become intertwined for some people. Salvia and Pranayama can actually be used in an incense form. If someone sits is in a room which is quiet and peaceful and have an incense of Salvia burning, the combination can produce a peaceful interaction. If one sits in a room with legs crossed and inhales Salvia deeply and does perform Pranayama at that time, it takes the mind deep within the soul and one can experience inner peace.

One must make sure that the door of the room is closed so that the room fills with the scent and smoke so as to keep a sated state of mind. One should not inhale excess of Salvia which may harm the body but possibly enough to let the mind run free. Users comment that they experience an outer body experience and can actually see where they want there life to be. Once Salvia is combined with Pranayama, the body relaxes, the heart beat slows to a calming pace and sometimes even breathing slows down to almost nothing. At this time one could see a reflection on his life and become calm. One lets the day and all of the stress wash away. One is able to sit back and enjoy the ride, and let oneself go and only see the good in what life has to offer.

Taking care of Salvia Plant

December 2nd, 2008

Salvia Divinorum is an herb which belongs to the mint family and is found in forests of Mexico. Due to its growing popularity, people have started growing the plant themselves but what they are not aware of is how to take care of the Salvia plant. Being a tropical rain forest plant, it requires special kind of environment to grow and thus taking care of Salvia plant is not an easy task. Salvia plant needs a high humidity and low light environment to grow. The soil used for the herb should not hold much water. The use of peat moss should also be avoided. Thus, in the process of taking care of Salvia Divinorum, it is extremely necessary to restrain excess water.In order to take care of Salvia plant and grow its branches, a stick (preferably a bamboo stick) should be used. The stick helps in supporting the weak and non woody branches. As Salvia plant cannot bear direct sunlight for long period so it should be grown under coffee plants at home. The plant dies slowly if direct sunlight is offered to the herb for more than 2 hours regularly. Hence, it is vital to provide partially shaded location in order to take care of Salvia plant.

The most crucial step in the process of taking care of Salvia plant is to know when to water the plant. It should only be watered when it is completely dry else the soil would start holding moisture and would lead to the plant’s end. To conclude with, if the above mentioned tips are followed appropriately, it would not be troublesome to take care of the Salvia plant.

Salvia-The Legal Hallucinogen

December 2nd, 2008

Salvia Divinorum is a member of sage family and is known to produce psychoactive effects. Salvia is a legal hallucinogen drug unlike other drugs available in the market (like Cocaine, Marijuana or Math). Due to ever expanding high demand among teenagers, Salvia: the legal hallucinogen is now also been sold over the internet. The herb is often compared to LSD by some politicians and researchers.

Traditionally, Shamans have been using Salvia for centuries to facilitate visions during spiritual sessions. However, the western world got to know about the rare herb only in 1950s. The leaves of the herb could be smoked or chewed in order to experience the sensations produced by the plant. Salvia’s sensations (or often referred as side effects) can only be experienced for minutes or hours (depending on the dose). This very fact forced the government to legalize the plant. Salvia: the legal hallucinogen has been a concern for parents and citizens as the researchers are still trying to find the herb’s long term effects.

A very concerning issue attached to Salvia: the legal hallucinogen is the fact that not much knowledge is available on the drug. It is the users who feel that there are no side effects attached to the herb. According to them, the drug doesn’t have a coming down period unlike other drugs. But the very fact doesn’t make the drug safe. It has been noticed that the concentrated extracts can produce intense results. Moreover, there have been other negative reports also affixed with Salvia: the legal hallucinogen.

Although the information related to Salvia - the legal hallucinogen is quiet constrained but this doesn’t stop people to venture the drug and taste its pleasures.

How To Smoke Salvia divinorum

December 1st, 2008

Salvia Divinorum is a rare herb which produces psychoactive effects. It is generally consumed for chewing, smoking and vaporizing. Although the herb has become popular in the last couple of years but what people are not aware of is how to smoke Salvia Divinorum productively. People experiment with new ideas and keep searching for the optimal method so as to know how to smoke Salvia Divinorum properly and enjoy its sensations.

The problem of how to smoke Salvia Divinorum can be reduced if the following method is applied appropriately. But firstly, in order to smoke Salvia Divinorum effectively, one needs to first get the correct material required for it like a water bong which helps in cooling the smoke. Other than a water bong, a hot source of fire is required as Salvia burns at a very high temperature. And the most important thing required in the process is Salvia extracts or superior quality of dried Salvia leaves. One can also use some weeds at the bottom as it helps in providing better effects of Salvia Divinorum.

The process of how to smoke Salvia Divinorum starts with loading the bong with cold water and placing the weeds at the bottom. Then one should add generous quantity of dried Salvia leaves. Once the leaves are burnt, one should start inhaling and holding the smoke for about 20 to 30 seconds. One would be able to experience the effects after about 15 seconds. The process of how to smoke Salvia Divinorum is quiet simple but what requires is the experience to handle the process expertly.

History of Salvia Divinorum

November 30th, 2008

Salvia Divinorum is an herb of mint family and is known for its good and bad effects on human body. Salvia extracts are being in use only for past 10 years so it is still considered very new to Salvia’s history. Though the awareness and knowledge about Salvia’s history is very limited but researchers have found some indications that it may also have been used in much earlier times by the Aztecs.

The unheard plant, Salvia Divinorum was first discovered in Seirra Madres Mountain Range in Mexico. It was used for spiritual and medicinal purposes by the Mazatec Indians. It is said that Salvia Divinorum was used by natives to enhance vision and to provide relief from pain. At this time researchers were not aware of Salvia Divinorum.

The Swedish anthropologist Jean Basset Johnson was the first modern researcher to become interested in Salvia’s history. In the year 1939, he noticed that Salvia leaves have been used for making tea by Indian Mazatec. During his investigation on the use of psilocybe mushroom amongst the Mazatecs, he found out that they also used Salvia for sacred ceremonies and healing purposes. Though Johnson documented about Salvia in the year 1939 but it was Daniel Siebert who identified the psychoactive affects of the herb in 1990s. After Siebert’s finding not much research has been done on the herb.

But With an ever increasing demand of the herb, more scientists have given emphasis on research related to Salvia’s history. And soon researchers would be able to feed us with complete information on Salvia’s history and the facts related to the herb.

Chemistry of Salvia Divinorum

November 30th, 2008

Salvia Divinorum or Diverner’s sage is considered the best herb among the thousands of Salvia species. It is an extraordinary herb used for healing, medication and divination by Mazatec Indians. Due to limited research conducted on Salvia Divinorum, the information about chemistry of Salvia Divinorum is also quiet restrained. But as the herb has gained popularity in last couple of years, this has pursued scientists also to take keen interest in the chemistry of Salvia Divinorum. Due to the presence of Salvinorin in the herb, Salvia Divinorum is marked as the best Salvia herb and hence makes it superior to other types of sages. Salvinorin constitutes majorly of Salvinorin A and Salvinorin B and the group of its compounds is known as neoclerodane diterpenoids. Out of the two constituents, Salvinorin A is the primary component and the formula for same is C23H28O8. This component is also referred as psychoactive compound. Unlike most other natural drugs, Salvinorin A doesn’t contain a basic nitrogen atom and hence the component is not an alkaloid. The chemistry of Salvia Divinorum is in such a manner that its component does give a negative reaction on urine tests. This unique quality makes it incomparable with any other drug. Salvinorin A is the only proved Divinorum contained in the herb which produces psychoactive effects But according to many researchers, Salvia Divinorum may also contain other psychoactive substance namely, Divinorum C. The chemistry of Salvia Divinorum is still a mystery, but soon researchers would be able to provide us with complete details on the subject.

Salvia Divinorum-botanical perspective

November 29th, 2008

Salvia Divinorum is a rare plant used for many years by the Mazatec Indians. It was used for scientific purposes from the year 1950 and has science become the subject of botanical research. According to biologists Salvia Divinorum contains Salvinorin A which is one of the most potential natural hallucinogens. Scientists are also interested in the limited sexual re production and anthropogenic distribution properties of Salvia Divinorum.

Ethnobotanically, Salvia Divinorum is a 0.5 to 1 meters long perennial herb with flowers stalks which grows up to 2 to 3 meters. The translucent flowers stalks are slightly wrinkled and hollow with rough sides. The leaves of this plant are oval with smooth base and pointed tail. They are approximately 20 cm long and about 10 cm wide.

Talking about Salvia Divinorum’s botany, the herb produces seeds which are generally in very limited quality and they seldom germinate. The pollen fertility of this herb is quiet less for an unknown reason. Originally, active pollen tube inhibition is not present in the system but once the pollen reaches the ovary, it becomes aberrant. Often, partial sterility is suggested of a hybrid origin as it otherwise weakens the theory of hybrid origin which happens if indistinguishable plants are grown through seeds with the help of self pollination. Therefore, the plant is grown mainly by layering. Just like these facts, there are numerous other unknown facts attached to Salvia Diviroum.

Traditionally, Salvia Divinorum was quiet popular among people because of its spiritual qualities Because of its numerous applications and mysteries it has opened the doors for many research opportunities. And t is indeed possible that soon Salvia Divinorum may become a very important herb pharmacologically.

Controversies on Salvia Divinorum

November 29th, 2008

Salavia Divinorum has been gaining popularity lately. While, the herb has been well received by many people but Salvia Divinorum has also been surrounded by many controversies. Although Salvia is legal in most of the countries but it has not been yet approved by Federal Food Administration. There are also many controversies about the effects of using salvia Divinorum.Salvia Divinorum is an herb which produces psychedelic effects. Some of the common side effects of Salvia are better mood, increased insight, increased self confidence and greater empathy. Due to such ill effects, Salvia Divinorum has been constantly attached to controversies which have also concerned parents, political leaders and media.Today, the herb is used by many people to increase emotions, to connect to themselves and universe, and to feel calmness. Ironically, even when the herb produces such sensational effects yet the section of society which do not favor Salvia compare Salvia to “LSD” or “pot”. However, none of the research studies states that Salvia has any long term side effects. All these controversies related to Salvia Divinorum have led to confusion among the public who could have become a potential user of the herb.The controversy related to Salvia DIvinorum still stands still, especially with the matter of its becoming legal throughout the world. And those people who are aware of the herb are not aware of the facts related to it. Even with all this chaos about the herb, the demand of Salvia Divinorum has been growing along with its never ending controversies.

Salvia Divinorum-Opinions and arguments

November 29th, 2008

Salvia Divinorum is an herb well known for its psychedelic effects and its side effects on human body. Due to many controversies attached to the herb, different opinions and arguments about Salvia Divinorum are presented by different sections of the society. On one hand, media and many politicians’ talks about the ill effects of Salvia but on other hand, the users of Salvia praise the plant and deny all allegations related to the plant. Difference in people’s perception about the herb has lead to different opinions and controversies about Salvia Divinorum. Many stories had been published and aired by media about the side effects of the plant warning public about the so called ‘deadly herb’. These stories have also influenced some politicians who in turn submitted bill to their state government so as to ban Salvia Divinorum completely. According to them a drug of such strength should not be legalized. But the regular users of Salvia Divinorum have a completely different story to portray. According to them, they have never suffered from any long term side effects and hence all accusations on the herb are completely false. The clashing opinions and arguments about the herb has been quiet disturbing for everyone.Salvia has also been compared to LSD by those who are not in favor of the herb. Calling it a ‘suicide herb’, they echo the though that user of Salvia would eventually commit suicide. But none of the research studies have stated that Salvia has any long term side effect. The contrasting opinions and arguments about the side effects of Salvia Divinorum have only contributed to existing dilemma about the herb.

Diseases or conditions Salvia Divinorum can cure

November 24th, 2008

Salvia Divinorum is a Mexican herb from the mint family which is generally consumed for chewing and smoking. Due to minimal research on this herb, doctors are not aware of the medical benefits it can provide. But in the recent time, scientists have started doing in depth study on this plant and according to them there are many diseases or conditions Salvia Divinorum can cure.

In the past decade, there has been a steep increase in the number of cardiovascular patients and cancer patients. Researchers around the world are discovering the benefits of this herb. According to them cardiovascular and cancer are two diseases Salvia Divinorum can cure partially by dilating the blood vessels and arteries and increasing the blood flow.

Salvia also helps in curing Alzheimer. Amyloid protein plays a big role in Alzheimer’s disease in which brain cells get destroyed and one starts loosing memory. Many medical studies states that Alzheimer disease can be cured by Salvia Divinorum as the herb has astonishing effect against Amyloid protein.

Few studies have also stated that the problem of depression could be cured with the help of Salvia Divinorum. Although it is too early to conclude that the herb gives positive effects on all patients but many doctors have received positive feedbacks from the patients who took Salvia to cure depression.

Other than the above mentioned diseases, AIDS, schizophrenia, chronic pain, insomnia, alcohol addiction, stress and digestion are few diseases or conditions Salvia Divinorum can sure. Today, scientists from all over the world are researching to find out what all diseases and conditions Salvia Divinorum can cure.