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Is Salvia the New Pot? March 11, 2008

Posted by tkcollier in Enviroment, Lifestyle.

Is salvia the next marijuana?
Salvia is being targeted by lawmakers concerned that the inexpensive and easy-to-obtain plant could become the next marijuana. Eight states have already placed restrictions on salvia, and 16 others, including Florida, are considering a ban or have previously. Some say legislators are overreacting to a minor problem, but no one disputes that the plant impairs judgment and the ability to drive.

Native to Mexico and still grown there, salvia divinorum is generally smoked but can also be chewed or made into a tea and drunk.

Called nicknames like Sally-D, Magic Mint and Diviner’s Sage, salvia is a hallucinogen that gives users an out-of-body sense of traveling through time and space or merging with inanimate objects. Unlike hallucinogens like LSD or PCP, however, salvia’s effects last for a shorter time, generally up to an hour.


1. n30g30 - July 25, 2008

Only someone who has no experience or knowledge of salvia divinorum would make the comparison to marijuana.
Marijuana is a ‘recreational’ drug, which promotes social interaction and makes people happy.
Salvia Divinorum is a ‘teacher plant’; a plant to be used for introspection that does not promote social interaction, and can leave the user quite disorientated and disillusioned.
Anyone who respects salvia divinorum and uses it within recommended guidelines can have a truly enlightening – if overwhelming – experience, but they are unlikely to use it again for at least several days, unlike marijuana.

2. Dan - October 18, 2009

Having used Salvia myself, I agree entirely with the previous poster. Anyone who has done Salvia, or taken the time to talk with people who have, knows it’s an entirely different experience. Nobody does Salvia and says, “man, I could be like this all the time.” It’s more of a “Ok, I might do that again in a few months. Maybe.”

Also, you’re not going to smoke Salvia and proceed to drive a car, get in a fight, or cause any kind of trouble, unlike certain other (legal) drugs. For those 5-10 minutes (not even close to an hour – do better research), you’ll be lucky if you get a full sentence out, never mind stand up and walk around.

Salvia’s not for everybody, but nothing is. We need to stop these uneducated knee-jerk reactions to psychoactives and start treating them with the same respect we’d give any other issue.

3. k - November 20, 2010

It’s a nice photo

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