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Community Ment Health J. 2018 Oct 29. doi: 10.1007/s10597-018-0347-4. [Epub ahead of print]

Abuse and Effects of Salvia divinorum in a Sample of Patients Hospitalized for Substance Dependence.

Karam A1,2, Said A3, Assaad C3, Hallit S1,2,4,5,6,7, Haddad G1,2, Hachem D1, Kazour F8,9,10,11.

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1
Psychiatric Hospital of the Cross, 60096, Jal Eddib, Lebanon.
2
Faculty of Medicine and Medical Sciences, Holy Spirit University, Jounieh, Lebanon.
3
Faculty of Sciences, Lebanese University, Beirut, Lebanon.
4
Faculty of Pharmacy, Lebanese University, Beirut, Lebanon.
5
Faculty of Pharmacy, Saint Joseph University, Beirut, Lebanon.
6
Occupational Health Environment Research Team, U1219 BPH Bordeaux Population Health Research Center Inserm - University of Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France.
7
INSPECT-LB: Institut National de Sante Publique, Epidemiologie Clinique et Toxicologie, Faculty of Public Health,, Lebanese University, Beirut, Lebanon.
8
Psychiatric Hospital of the Cross, 60096, Jal Eddib, Lebanon. francoiskazour@hotmail.com.
9
INSPECT-LB: Institut National de Sante Publique, Epidemiologie Clinique et Toxicologie, Faculty of Public Health,, Lebanese University, Beirut, Lebanon. francoiskazour@hotmail.com.
10
Faculty of Medicine, Saint Joseph University, Beirut, Lebanon. francoiskazour@hotmail.com.
11
INSERM U930, équipe 4 "Troubles affectifs", Université François-Rabelais de Tours, Parc de Grandmont, 37200, Tours, France. francoiskazour@hotmail.com.

Abstract

The study goal is to document the prevalence of salvia use among patients admitted for detoxification of other illicit drug use and to determine its effect. This cross-sectional study included 47 heavy drug users who were admitted for detoxification of other illicit drug abuse at a psychiatric hospital in Lebanon. The prevalence of salvia use was 66%. The salvia effect started and dissipated rapidly (15 min). No significant difference was found between salvia and non-salvia users in terms of affect, cognition and somaesthesia subscales of the Hallucinogen Rating Scale. Ratings of intensity and volition subscales were higher in non-salvia users than salvia users, while perception score was higher in users. Salvia use was correlated with perceptual alteration and hallucinogenic effects.

KEYWORDS:

Addiction; Drug; Hallucinogen; Salvia; Substance

PMID:
30374761
DOI:
10.1007/s10597-018-0347-4

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