Thursday, February 10, 2011

Is it Dangerous to Use Salvia? Is it Legal?

After former Disney star Miley Cyrus emerged on a video, on the celebrity gossip website, allegedly smoking a bong filled with salvia, a lot of people are curious to know, what is salvia? And is it legal?

Native to the lush tropics of Mexico, one of the latest recreational hallucinogens on the drug scene “Salvia” has become yet another dangerous fad amongst teens across the country. Derived from a plant, Salvia Divinorum, and referred by users as "diviner's sage" and "magic mint", salvia has been used by the shamans of Mexico for centuries, due to its healing and medicinal properties. With user descriptions reminiscent of “as strong as imaginable”, and quick side effects that allow an individual to experience its effects in a matter of minutes, there is no doubt this drug has succeeded in lurking its way in a drug world that for decades has been fighting with the pervasiveness of illegal substances.

The prevalence of Salvia in the drug world has raised many concerns due to its legality. Currently not regulated by U.S federal drug laws, this hot commodity has dangerously become an affordable and surprisingly legal way to currently experience the hallucinogenic effects of other banned drugs. It is currently legal to use Salvia in over 38 states and it is widely available in forms varying from dried leaves, extracts and live plants.

Many researchers have denied the public health risk factors of Salvia and have even reported that it “does not affect the heart rate” nor does it cause “blood pressure changes”. And animal studies indicate that the drug is “not addictive”. But the result of several Canadian surveys indicated a large number of Salvia users feared for their safety after experimenting with it. Due to the hallucinogenic effects of salvia there is a substantial risk of injury or death as a result of impaired judgment due to disruptions of sensory and cognitive functions.

A teen experimenting with Salvia may start experimenting with other drugs.

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