Salvia divinorum is a plant used by Mazatec Indians of Oaxaca, Mexico, for divination and meditation. The plant is categorised as a hallucinogenic drug and is legal in many parts of the United States. It is not a recreational or party drug, but is used to induce visions. The salvia divinorum produces few seeds so most plants are created from cuttings of another plant. Because of this cloning process, there are few strains of the plant. Each strain contains only slight differences in appearance, with little or no difference detected in potency between strains.
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Wasson Hofmann strain
The Wasson Hofmann strain is named after the scientists who collected the species from Mexico and were believed to be the ones who grew the first strains outside of Mexico. Since the naming, research indicates that these two scientists never brought a live plant into the United States. The newest research proves that psychiatrist and ecologist Sterling Bunnell brought the live specimens to the U.S. It is believed that he discovered and brought the plant over during his expedition in the Sierra Mazateca region of Mexico in 1962. This strain is recognised as the first strain available commercially in the U.S. and it is the most widespread strain found today.
Blosser Palatable strain
The Blosser Palatable strain is the second most popular strain of the salvia divinorum. This strain is known for being less bitter than the Wasson Hofmann strain. The Blosser Palatable strain was introduced in the United States in the '80s.
Round leaves with serrated edges and a moon-like appearance distinguish the luna strain of the salvia divinorum. The luna strain is considered to be one of the heartier clones among all the salvia divinorum strains.
The Appaloosa strain of the salvia divinorum was first discovered in 1999. The plant has a white stem and the leaves have white and pale green patches. This distinctive look led many scientists to believe the plant was sick or diseased. With time research showed the spotted plant was merely a new strain of the salvia divinorum plant. The consensus is that this strain originated from a cloning of the Wasson Hofmann strain.
The Paradox strain is a seed grown variety of salvia divinorum. The vast majority of salvia divinorum is produced from cuttings of another plant, since seed production of the plant is extremely rare, even in its natural habitat. Since the paradox is seed grown, it is genetically unique, setting it apart from the more common clones. Its distinguishing physical feature is its mottled leaves.
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