Salvinorin A

May 21, 2012
Image of Salvinorin A 3D Image of Salvinorin A

Salvinorin A, the most potent naturally occurring hallucinogen, is found in Salvia divinorum, a rare Mexican plant from the mint family. It was described and named in 1982 by A. Ortega and co-workers. At least 12 similar compounds have been discovered or synthesized, but none are appreciably psychoactive. Unlike most hallucinogens, salvinorin A is a terpenoid, not an alkaloid. In 2007, D. A. Evans and co-workers reported an asymmetric synthesis of salvinorin A.

MOTW Update: September 11, 2017

Salvinorin A is a hallucinogen obtained from the Mexican salvia plant. Recently, researchers synthesized an analogue of salvinorin A, 20-norsalvinorin A, that is easier to make and more stable than the natural product. The salvinorins show promise as anti-itching agents.

Chemical Abstract Service - a division of ACS

Learn more about this molecule from CAS, the most authoritative and comprehensive source for chemical information.

Molecule of the Week needs your suggestions!

If your favorite molecule is not in our archive, please send an email to motw@acs.org. The molecule can be notable for its current or historical importance or for any quirky reason. Thank you!

Stay Ahead of the Chemistry Curve

Learn how ACS can help you stay ahead in the world of chemistry.