Salvia Divinorum is a member of the mint family which had been used for centuries by the Mazatecs of Oaxaca, Mexico for healing and divination.The leaves may be chewed, made into an infusion or “tea”, or digested orally to produce shamanic visions.Salvia Divinorum can also be used at lower dosages as a diuretic, and to treat ailments including diarrhea, anemia, headaches, or rheumatism.
In the modern culture, the use of Salvia Divinorum typically involves smoking of the dried leaves by teenagers and adults alike. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health revealed that in 2006, there are approximately 1.8 million individuals in the United States - aged 12 years old or older - who had reported using Salvia Divinorum in their lifetime.
The plant-based hallucinogen comes in various street names, such as Salvia, Diviner's Sage, Magic Mint, Maria Pastora, and Sherpherdess's herb. Salvia Divinorum contains Salvinorin A, an active ingredient known for being the most potent naturally occurring hallucinogen that can result a range of behaviors and feelings, such as:
- tranquility and introspection
- central nervous system stimulation
Although Salvia Divinorum remains legal in the US, about half of the 50 states have started imposing restrictions on the use, possession or distribution of the plant or plant extracts. The reason: an increasing number of people aged between 18 and 25 are recreationally using Salvia Divinorum because of the “high” effects it produces.
What the Salvia test does
This Salvia Divinorum urine laboratory test kit quantifies the presence of Salvinorin A (the primary active ingredient of Salvia) and Salvinorin B (the main metabolite of Salvinorin A) in the urine. The test will measure both compounds down to concentrations of 2 ng/mL using a high performance liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry (LCMSMS) technique.
How the Salvia test works
This Salvia Divinorum urine test requires 3 mL of unpreserved urine. The samples can be refrigerated or frozen to ensure non-contamination.
Window of Detection for Salvia Test
The window for detecting Salvia use is not well defined but is likely very short - typically for a period of no more than a few days. In the case of Salvinorin A, the detection times are short due to the half-life of this active ingredient.
In this Salvia Divinorum urine laboratory testing kit the compounds are identified down to levels of approximately 2ng/mL. The test uses a state of the art, high performance liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry (LCMSMS) by accredited laboratory
Limitations of the test
This urine test can only detect Salvinorin A (the primary active ingredient of Salvia) and Salvinorin B (the main metabolite of Salvinorin A). It is unable to determine other substances used by an individual in combination of Salvia Divinorum. Additionally, this Salvia Divinorum urine laboratory testing kit will not detect other herbs such as those found in K2, Spice, or other “herbal” products.
In This Is Your Country on Drugs: The Secret History of Getting High in America, author Ryan Grim noted that the rise of Salvia Divinorum as a recreational drug coincided with the shrinking of LSD in the market and with the growth of the Internet. The users of Salvia began taping themselves and uploading the videos on Youtube. By the summer of 2008, a search for “salvia” on Youtube has pulled up over 3,000 videos with hundreds and thousands of views. The rise of Salvia also came with a few reported “danger” stories which raised alarms over the legal status of Salvia Divonorum.
In January 2006, a 17-year old Delaware student, Brett Chidester, committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning. His father says police took salvia from his room, and his mother believes the teenager was depressed and used salvia because it was legal. A suicide note which was later found likewise hinted that Salvia has something to do with his death.