There is constant misunderstanding about the effects of Salvia and it is often referred to as the ‘Legal Marijuana’ or the ‘New LSD’. Neither of these are accurate descriptions of the drug nor of its side effects. Most of this misunderstanding comes from politicians, lawmakers and journalists all eager to jump on the bandwagon and get a new story or some new legislation. Unfortunately for the users of Salvia this strange zealousness by those in positions of power mean it’s likely to be completely banned pretty soon.
As you will no doubt remember from some of my earlier articles, Salvia is not a ‘new’ invention, nor is its use as a mind altering hallucinogen particularly novel. It might have been novel centuries ago when the Mazatec Indian Shamans took to using it as a tool to help in their spiritual adventures, their healing and as a divining tool. The strong hallucinogen is cheap and easy to get; in most states it’s completely legal to buy, sell, own and use Salvia.
The long term effects of Salvia are largely unknown, and there is no proof that there are any side-effects at all. Of course there is no proof that there aren’t, either.
Users of Salvia have been subject to testing from interested academics and medical folk. Deidre Houtmeyers, executive director of Caritas St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center’s Comprehensive Addictions Program (SECAP) in Boston, has performed a number of these interviews. She reports young users being disturbed by what is undoubtedly a psychedelic trip. Some teens related tales of flying pigs and fairies wearing green dresses. Others have been decidedly more disturbed and unsettled by the experience, describing it as frightening and nauseating. It seems like it’s one of those things that you just have to try yourself.
If you are going to try out Salvia yourself, then be sure to do it sooner rather than later: the panic attack sweeping the nation will likely see Salvia banned soon.
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