Varieties

Salvia divinorum is generally sold either in dried leaves (fresh leaves are rarely sold) or in the form of extract. Dried leaves vary tremendously in strength. Many people also find it difficult to get satisfactory effects from plain dried leaves, because the quantity that has to be taken at once is quite large. When you want to use Salvia following the quid method, you will need leaves

Many people prefer using extracts. Better results are obtained more easily, because less material needs to be smoked or ingested. In general, the effects are also stronger. Extracts can be very powerful and should be used with caution: there is a risk of using too large a dose. Extracts come in two varieties:

Salvia extracts generally come in 5x, 10x and 20x concentrations (although other concentrations have been reported). This indicates how many times more potent it is than ordinary dried leaves. Be very careful when using extracts: a single hit of extract may be enough at any of these concentrations. Read the warnings before using Salvia extracts.

It is not advised to try to produce your own extracts, as it involves working with solvents. If you do not have any experience with it, you may risk poisoning yourself or others. Moreover, most solvents are highly flammable. An experimental method for the extraction of pure salvinorin A can be found on Erowid

Some suppliers also offer a Salvia Divinorum tincture. This allows the user to absorb the active compounds sublingually, much like the traditional quid method, although the effects come up quicker. The tinctures that are currently available contain 1 mg of Salvinorin A per ml. A bottle of 15 ml will cost around 50 dollars.