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Recreational Drug Salvia May be Banned

Recreational Drug Salvia May be Banned

The hallucinogenic plant salvia, sometimes known as Seer’s Sage or Diviner’s Sage may be banned in Canada soon.

Some noted effects of salvia are:

* Uncontrollable laughter
* Past memories, such as revisiting places from childhood memory
* Sensations of motion, or being pulled or twisted by forces
* Visions of membranes, films and various two-dimensional surfaces
* Merging with or becoming objects
* Overlapping realities, such as the perception of being in several locations at once

Salvia has been traditionally used by the Mazatec in Mexico to induce visions associated with spiritual experiences. The plant is native to Oaxaca and grows naturally at elevations of 1,000 to 6,000 feet. Mazatecs are the indigenous people of the Oxaca area. They have been known to use a variety of plants such as  morning glory seeds, coleus leaves, psilocybe mushrooms in addition to salvia for religious rituals.

In Canada and the United States, youth have been using salvia in a recreational way at parties, but in Mexico in the context of Mazatec culture, it is not used like that at all. In Mazatec culture it has been given by senior shamans to train beginners in their spirituality. The doses start small and build up as the apprentice acclimates. The plant has been used in their rituals to see into the future, find lost objects, and identify robbers. It either was made into a tea, or to be chewed. It is also used medicinally to treat headaches, arthritis, anemia, digestive problems, and constipation as well as diarrhea.

If Canada is successful in passing the salvia ban, it will become illegal to buy, produce, possess, sell, import or export the Mexican plant. Currently is is being sold at head shops for about $20 to $80 for a small vial. Also web sites sell it, so access if fairly easy. In Canada about 7 percent of youth ages 15 – 24 said they have used it at least once. YouTube has many videos of young people smoking the plant and talking about their experiences, but done in a casual way, without any cultural significance, other than what a person would expect from inebriation from alcohol.

In the United States an estimate by the federal government put the number of people who have tried salvia at 1.8 million. According to the DEA salvia regulations have been implemented in the following countries: Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Italy, Japan, Spain, and Sweden.

ABC News published a video about the dangers of salvia, with a small part about the positive benefits it could have for medicinal use.

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9:12AM PST on Jan 1, 2014

Never heard of this before!

12:45PM PDT on Apr 3, 2012

interesting, more laws, thank you....

2:36PM PST on Feb 7, 2012

That's right...a plant commonly found in many peoples' gardens is about to become illegal...and more taxpayer dollars will be wasted to ensure that grandmothers are led away in handcuffs while their gardens are set ablaze to supposedly protect the people from the faux dangers of yet another common plant. Salvia has a long history of use among the shamans in Mexico. More research is needed to fully understand this sacramental plant, but, in the proper context, salvia is a gateway to inner wisdom. Or perhaps that's the point...if we all got in touch with our own wellspring of wisdom, then we'd realize just how ridiculous our governments have become.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/sacred-blessing-cannabis-01/

7:53AM PST on Feb 7, 2012

I think Michael has the right idea--if it's banned, it will become popular.

12:13PM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

it's not even addictive or really even popular at all.
banning it would only make it more popular.

How has prohibition worked so far anyways. 50 years of it and drug epidemics are only getting worse, organized crime is getting worse, jails are filled with people for non-violent offenses (which has proven to turn small time offenders into hardened criminals).
So what are we doing if we're only making these problems worse.
Are you all okay with just burying your heads in the sand and ignoring how it has failed.

How did alcohol prohibition play out.
If you do your history you will find out that under-aged drinking was at an all time high when prohibition was still in effect because it was being sold without a legal age limit.

If you still think prohibition works after 50 years of complete and total failure
then you're not paying any attention.

You must have been sheltered while growing up and never had to experience any of this first hand.

well, regardless
it is just plain wrong to lock people up and excessively punish them for simply having addictions.
It's completely heartless and barbaric.
The whole idea of punishing someone for suffering with an illness is completely insensitive.
As for marijuana prohibition, marijuana is actually safer for you than alcohol so the whole thing is just ridiculous and counter-productive seeing as I'm seeing people get into pills because it's too easy to get caught with stinky weed. Zero tolerance= intolerance

12:10PM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

it's not even addictive or really even popular at all.
banning it would only make it more popular.

How has prohibition worked so far anyways. 50 years of it and drug epidemics are only getting worse, organized crime is getting worse, jails are filled with people for non-violent offenses (which has proven to turn small time offenders into hardened criminals).
So what are we doing if we're only making these problems worse.
Are you all okay with just burying your heads in the sand and ignoring how it has failed.

How did alcohol prohibition play out.
If you do your history you will find out that under-aged drinking was at an all time high when prohibition was still in effect because it was being sold without a legal age limit.

If you still think prohibition works after 50 years of complete and total failure
then you're not paying any attention.

You must have been sheltered while growing up and never had to experience any of this first hand.

well, regardless
it is just plain wrong to lock people up and excessively punish them for simply having addictions.
It's completely heartless and barbaric.
The whole idea of punishing someone for suffering with an illness is completely insensitive.
As for marijuana prohibition, marijuana is actually safer for you than alcohol so the whole thing is just ridiculous and counter-productive seeing as I'm seeing people get into pills because it's too easy to get caught with stinky weed. Zero tolerance= intolerance

10:14PM PDT on Apr 11, 2011

And in the mean time we happily frack around, the world has gone mad!

9:42PM PDT on Apr 1, 2011

Report anyone who is growing flowers in their yard that look like salvia. They will get so many complaints, they will throw up their hands and quit.

12:16AM PDT on Mar 26, 2011

I too never heard of that before. I wonder if they will go to all the plant nurserys in Western Australia and check out if they sell that kind of salvia.I use to grow salvias don't think they are that species. Well you learn something new everyday... Thank you for the update

5:51PM PST on Mar 11, 2011

I never heard of this. I have salvia plants with pink flowers but I assume this is not the kind you're talknig about.

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