December 06, 2007
(The Weekly Vice) - An herb with powerful hallucinogenic power is quickly catching on across the US and other countries. It's an herb that's said to create intense hallucinations even by an experienced drug user's standards. Some insist it's as potent as LSD and may be the strongest naturally growing drug in the hallucinogenic family.
What makes this herb/drug a little different than most is that it's perfectly legal and widely available.
Salvia Divinorum, also known as Diviner's sage , Magic Mint and Sally D, is a psychoactive herb that belongs to the sage genus and the Lamiaceae (mint) family.
Research has shown that Salvinorin A, the active ingredient in Salvia divinorum, works in the same region of the brain as morphine and many opioid pain reducers do. As research reveals more about the inter-workings of opioids and their effect on opioid receptors, Salvia may provide treatment for stimulant abuse. But for now, it's legal status worries both parents and lawmakers who see Salvia as a growing problem
Although Salvia is already banned in just a few states, there are no Federal laws that ban the substance. There are 3 states who currently outlaw the herb and 25 additional states are expected to vote on banning Silvia in 2008. Congress has taken up the issue, which resulted in failure to classify the herb as a controlled substance.
Salvia is available at many tobacco shops, herbal remedy stores and is available for order online, although most Internet sites that sell Salvia clearly point out it will not ship the substance to states that outlaw it.
Why has Salvia managed to remain relatively unknown to the mass public and why do bills that seek to outlaw this Magic Mint seem to fail so often? Despite the reported effectiveness of the herb, it does not yet seem to result in a significant number of hospitalizations, chemical dependance or cases of criminal activity.
The chief concern over Silvia seems to be that of parents who's teenagers are learning about the drug through Internet sites like U-Tube, which are popular with teens. While Silvia is not a recent discovery, many home grown legal stimulants like it have become increasingly known among teens due in large part to the Internet. While the long term effects of it are still being researched, critics charge that it is being sold under false pretense. They claim it is being advertised as a high, when in fact it's effect is very unlike that of Marijuana.
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