Maryland Resort Owners Seek Ban Of Hallucinogenic Salvia

Salvia divinorum is a plant in the sage family native to Mexico that causes short term hallucinations. It was used by aboriginal people as part of spiritual rites but has become increasingly popular in the United States as a recreational drug. Salvia is not banned nationally but is illegal in some states. In places where it is not a controlled substance it is often sold openly and with no restrictions. Salivia is usually chewed or smoked and the effect tends to be intense but very brief. While some may compare salvia to LSD the chemical properties are unrelated and salvia doesn’t seem to have any addictive properties associated with it. Users have described exposure to salvia as intensely mind altering without being frightening, but they recommend first timers be accompanied by a sober buddy who can help them remain calm if the experience is too intense. Outward signs of salvia use include uncontrollable laughter, loss of motor control and impaired speech. Many of those who advocate banning Salvia base their views on the fact that many of the same drug related paraphernalia legally sold for salvia use can also be used to smoke marijuana or crack cocaine, and concerns over the effect the drug may have on unsupervised minors.