Whether a person chews on the Salvia leaves, uses the dried leaves to smoke it, or even just inhale its vapors, the side effects of Salvia can be dangerous. It causes a person to hallucinate, and distorts a user’s perception of reality to the point that it can be difficult and scary for them to tell what is real from what is fantasy.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the effects of Salvia can include psychedelic-like changes in visual perception, mood and body sensations, emotional swings, feelings of detachment, and a highly modified perception of external reality and the self, leading to a decreased ability to interact with one’s surroundings.
What are Common Side Effects of Salvia to Be Aware of?
Not everyone that uses Salvia will react the same way, depending on the amount of drug used, a person’s emotional state of mind, and if they are using other substances along with Salvia –all this can make a difference on how it can affect a user. Most people that have tried Salvia have reported the experience as unpleasant. If you or someone you love are thinking about trying Salvia, then you should be aware of common side effects that users have reported while on Salvia, these include:
- Out-of-body experience
- Short-term memory loss
- Loss of coordination
- Trouble sleeping
- Slurred speech
- Uncontrollable laughter
- Mood swings
An overdose of Salvia can cause loss of consciousness and severe psychotic like reactions. A person using Salvia can risk injury, or have an accident due to the hallucinating effects of the drug on the user.
What are the Dangers of the Side Effects of Salvia?
While a person is intoxicated with Salvia, the hallucinations can distort their perceptions of reality, and it becomes difficult for them to engage in regular activities that would otherwise be normal to them. Driving a vehicle or motorcycle, swimming, and operating heavy machinery can be extremely dangerous, and even turn fatal. The effects of Salvia can impair a person’s judgment, and alter the sensory functions.
Since there is no way to know how Salvia will affect you, the best decision to make is not try it at all. Why risk the possibility of experiencing such unpleasant side effects? Not to mention the danger of self-injury, or injury to others.
According to the Department of Health & Human Services of Oakland County Michigan, people under the influence of salvia are more likely to suffer injuries due to impaired visual perception and poor coordination. Salvia has the potential to worsen depression and increase anxiety.
Treatment for Salvia Users
Salvia is not known to be an addictive drug, and most of the effects usually subside after a few hours. However, it can be habit forming for some that get psychologically attached to it. Some users have reported re-experiencing moments of hallucinations – known as flashbacks. Which is dangerous because it can strike a user at any time regardless of what they are doing.
A person that is using Salvia and wants to rid of the habit, should nevertheless consider treatment to detoxify the body of the harmful toxins left behind from Salvia. Treatment centers also offer therapy that can help users in making the right decisions to live a drug-free life. The most important thing to remember about the side effects of Salvia is the perception of reality it causes and the loss of coordination, this is more than enough to potentially put a user’s life in danger.