What is Salvia divinorum … and how can this mind bending hallucinogenic herb be legal, while marijuana is a schedule one narcotic? Is someone screwing with me on this?
Salvia also known as Psychic’s Sage, Mint Magic and Sally-D, is a quick acting hallucinogen which gives the smoker an intense out-of-body trip, a feeling of wandering over and through both time and space. You feel as though you have been woven in the fabric of time and the inanimate objects that surround you. The interesting thing is, dissimilar to PCP, or LSD – the salvia’s high last for only a very brief period, usually somewhere between 45 min to an hour.
A 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health of salvia and of its effects found just over 1 percent of people age 17 to 26 surveyed, described consuming salvia within the last 12 months. When the same study was done 12 months later with 1,500 San Francisco State University students, the study established that 4 percent of the studies partakers admitted to ingesting salvia in the last year.
Meanwhile, the passive consumption of marijuana can cause one to experience; increased focus and concentration on the tasks at hand, elevating a person’s disposition, perception, and understanding of the natural world around us. Your heart may feel filled with joy and wonderment, while never noticed before, is now fantastic – all of a sudden you can see how beautiful nature is. Time has slowed and the need to rush anywhere has now melted away.
Many well educated people, from different disciplines of studies, consider marijuana to be a knowledge amplifier, an empathy builder… a substance that helps one fine tune our awareness to the environment around us. If one feels decent, moral and right with the world, smoking a joint may make the day seem even better. Yet, if one has done something wrong, hurt someone, stolen something, somehow disappointed their own moral character… then smoking will only heighten your sense of regret and guilt.
When I’m having an issues trying to figure out the moral complexities of daily life, I often find that the decision that I’m most at peace with, are ones I’ve made while in a peaceful place and high as a kite.
For sake of clarity – I’m not condemning the use of Salvia, rather questioning who’s got their finger on the the Controlled Substances Act ( CSA). And why is marijuana classified as a schedule 1 drug?
Terence McKenna Salvia in the amazon show the salvia divinorum plant and talks about his preferences when using this medicine