More they Stay the Same

Many of us are old enough to recall the 1970’s, and the counterculture’s use of psychedelic drugs, such as LSD, magic mushrooms and mescaline. Although the passage of almost half a decade has caused the popularity of many of those drugs to fade, there is a new kid on the block, salvia divinorum. Salvia is a blue flowering plant that, when dried and smoked, or chewed, has hallucinogenic properties not unlike those of the drugs of choice in the 1970’s. Salvia is widely planted as an ornamental garden plant in many areas of the country.

Some describe the experience of smoking salvia divinorum as intensely psychedelic and, in the case of a “bad trip,” extremely frightening. Others describe the experience of smoking salvia as akin to smoking high grade marijuana – hallucinogenic, but in no way disturbingly so. Although some states have endeavored to ban the sale of salvia because of widespread use by teenagers, there are a number of states that have not done so, with the result that one can purchase salvia divinorum online from a variety of sources if one wishes to draw his own conclusions regarding this unusual plant’s properties.