The plant originates from Sierra Mazateca in Oaxaca, Mexico where an originating tribe, the Mazatec still use it for divination and healing purposes. Along with its divine purpose, it also is prescribed as a diuretic, also has the ability to cure anemia, diarrhea, forms of rheumatism, and even the common headache. It may also be used to cure a mystical disease called swollen belly. Salvia Divinorum was studied and documented by Jean Basset Johnson in 1939 in his studies regarding Mazatec religion. He then wrote down his own experiences which later act as its first real documentation. Daniel Siebert then identified the active ingredient in the plant and supported its psychoactive claims. There is no documented history of the plant, nor its origins remain unknown to most.
Some have said that it’s know to be a wild plant native to the area and botanists have not been able to point out where the plant is a hybrid or cultigen. To date, it is slowly making its way to the market with the rise of internet sites selling a potted 6′ ft plant, dried leaves, extract and other preparations. There have been no incidents of slavia concerns related to medicine such as overdose, of the mystical herb.
Much sensation was roused by founder of LSD Albert Hoffman started to study the plant has been known to not exhibit the same effects of the latter. Some effects that have been associated with the plant include a mor heightened insight, better mood, a feeling of tranquility, and even a magical likeness to nature. These so called spiritual effects should be targeted to those who will use it for religious purposes.
Some have claimed that through the savlinorin-a, derivatives of the cure of HIV an cancer can be taken. Researchers also show that it can help in the treatment of symptoms of Alzheimers, depression, schizophrenia, chronic pain and addiction to other dangerous substances.
It has suffered much controversy and speculation from the world, though it has not been widely known to the public. Some sources have mentioned its benefits spiritual, therapeutic and medical uses. Though some have argued for its termination and an overall ban since youngsters have been known to try and abuse the product.
Some have argued for its benefits. The world has yet to know what the plant can do because most researchers believe it still has not reached it’s untapped potential. With the surge of the green revolution and people going organic and saving the planet, it is an effective alternative to what we are used to in medicine. There is high hopes for its survival much more for its use in the medical realm as well as psychological.