Salvia Divinorum — Diviner’s Sage — is a legal drug which remains a bit of an enigma. Many lawmakers and politicians want to see it banned; scientists, medical experts and users want to see it celebrated. Though it is thought to be of medical benefit in some situations, the actual health benefits of Salvia are currently unknown. They will remain unknown if, as is thought to be the case, State governments and Federal lawmakers continue in the rush to make the drug illegal.
The Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies — MAPS — in California is one firm that is trying its hardest to discover the true consequences of using Salvia. As RandolphHeneken points out, shamans have been using the drug for centuries and it is only now that it is getting a lot of press. MAPS researchers have not yet found any adverse short or long term effects that Salvia has on the body. This is one of the criteria that the Federal Government must take into account when determining whether or not any particular narcotic substance should be banned.
Heneken continues to note that, in his view, the outlawing of Salvia is just a knee jerk reaction to a problem that doesn’t exist. A political move that benefits no one and hinders those that have made inroads into the medicinal use of Salvia for the effective treatment of Cancer,Alzheimer’s or mental illnesses like Schizophrenia.
The outlook does not look good for Salvia research in many of the states where it is still legal. In those states — at least 11 so far — where it is still legal there is absolutely no hope of researchers ever making any inroads into its potential as a life-altering drug.
While the drug is still legal you still have the chance to try for yourself and decide whether or not it is for you. This is one right that the government and its over zealous politicians seem eager to to take away from us.
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