"On Web sites touting the mind-blowing powers of salvia divinorum
, come-ons to buy the hallucinogenic herb
are accompanied by warnings: 'Time is running out! ... stock up while you still can.' That's because salvia
is being targeted by lawmakers concerned that the inexpensive and easy-to-obtain plant could become the next marijuana....Among those who believe the commotion over the drug is overblown is Rick Doblin
of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies
, a nonprofit group that does research on psychedelic drugs and whose goal is to develop psychedelics and marijuana into prescription medication."*
"Salvia Divinorum is a small leafy green plant found primarily in the Mazateca region of Mexico. Sometimes called 'diviner's sage
' the plant was traditionally used by indigenous peoples as a healing and divinatory aid due to its unique properties when chewed or smoked. When consumed in this manner, the active ingredient, Salvinorin-A
produces psychedelic effects in the body ranging from mild to extreme."* [previously - 1, 2]
posted by ericb
on Mar 11, 2008 -
is a plant which is (currently) legal
to grow, own, or smoke in the U.S.
The effects of this plant, when smoked or eaten, take place over the course of only a few minutes, but supposedly are very similar to those of certain illegal chemicals, such as the late Terrence Mckenna
's well-documented fave; DMT
. The user briefly finds themself to be in a world where the laws of physics, and logic have been subtly or grossly changed - an experience as jarring as the witnessing of the non-euclidean angles described by Lovecraft
... and then the real world reasserts itself.
I'm sure I'm not the only person who is curious about this question - are the results of the ingestion of halluciniogens a self-fulfilling prophecy - the user 'seeing' something beyond the pale that they expected or wanted to see - or is there something more meaningful to the experience?
posted by GriffX
on Apr 15, 2003 -