Thursday, 21 July 2016

Salvia divinorum: Toxicological aspects and analysis in human biological specimens

Volume 8, Issue 13, July 2016, Pages 1415-1425


a  Instituto Nacional de Medicina Legal e Ciências Forenses, I.P. (INMLCF, I.P.) - Delegação do Centro, Coimbra, Portugal
b  Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de Coimbra, Coimbra, 


The identification and quantitation of the main psychoactive component of Salvia divinorum (salvinorin A) in biological specimens are crucial in forensic and clinical toxicology. Despite all the efforts made, its uncontrolled abuse has increased quickly, exposing its users' health to serious risks both in the short and long term. The use of alternative biological matrices in toxicological analyzes can be advantageous as complementary postmortem samples, or in situations when neither blood nor urine can be collected; they may be useful tools in those determinations, providing important information about prior exposure. The aim of this article is to present a brief summary of legal aspects of Salvia divinorum and salvinorin A, including the methods used for the determination of the latter in biological matrices. © 2016 Future Science Ltd.

Author keywords

analytical methodologies; Salvia divinorum; salvinorin A
ISSN: 17576180Source Type: Journal Original language: English
DOI: 10.4155/bio-2016-0067Document Type: Review
Publisher: Future Science Ltd

  Gallardo, E.; Centro de Investigação em Ciências da Saúde (CICS-UBI), Universidade da Beira Interior, Portugal;
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