The debate as to the merits and demerits of banning Salvia rages on. Both sides have a very clear idea what they are trying to do is for the best.

One unexplored aspects of Salvia is the medical benefits offered by the drug. Recent research has suggested that occasional use of Salvia can even help people fight addictions to other more readily addictive drugs.

One fallacy entertained by those people who want to see Salvia banned is that the drug is in a similar class to the perennial favourite of examination, marijuana and LSD. The fact is, simply put, Salvia is like neither of these two drugs; neither is it like any drug that scientists have been able to identify.

The psychedelic effects of Salvia are quite unique, and there are of huge interest to scientists. The way Salvia divinorum affects the brain may be the key to treatment and even cure of a range of psychological disorders. Banning Salvia would quite clearly put an abrupt end to any such beneficial research.

But it’s not just that there is potentially a good reason for not banning it, there are equally compelling arguments when one considers the lack of good reasons for banning it. The only overriding reason we can imagine for banning Salvia is the perceived political points that it hands to those standing on their soap boxes. People generally see drugs as a bad thing and that judgement as to the subtleties in each and every case are clouded. Politicians and most of the media only serve to exacerbate this shortsightedness.

People advocating the continued legality of the possession, sale and use of Salvia rarely get a chance to air their views. Such is the way with a free press, but at the same time 99% of the population are hearing but one side of this particular story.