Salvia divinorum, drug of concern?

Salvia divinorum, drug of concern? Yes, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. However, Salvia divinorum, an herb native to Mexico, is legal in Connecticut and available in smoke shops and also online. Eleven states have taken steps to restrict the use of Salvia, and Connecticut would have been the twelfth had a bill restricting its use passed in the General Assembly this past session.

Salvia is popular among young adults who experiment with the drug’s hallucinogenic effects. It has been compared to LSD by some, but others disagree, saying that the high from LSD lasts far longer and that Salvia is not only nontoxic, but is also being investigated for possible medicinal use. Salvia divinorum leaves are either smoked, chewed or brewed as a tea. Its effect when smoked is intense and lasts 15 to 20 minutes.

As a relatively new drug on the block, Salvia is sparking interest as well as concern. Concerns appear to be minimal. The herb is not addictive and does not appear to lead to criminal behavior. However, since there is little information on the long-term effects of Salvia use, a certain degree of caution is wise and to be expected.