If you smoke weed, you know that if you are not carrying a medical marijuana card, you are doing something illegal. I know, who gives a shit. But for the 1% of those that refuse to smoke weed strictly because it is illegal, and for the 99% of weed smokers who are down for trying out something different…..there is the LEGAL (for now) mystical, magical plant known as SALVIA!!!

Salvia divinorum AKA Diviner’s Sage, María Pastora, Seer’s sage is a psychoactive plant which induces some serious dissociative effects. Its native to the isolated Sierra Mazateca of Oaxaca, Mexico, growing in shady and moist locations. The plant grows to over a meter high, has hollow square stems, large leaves, and occasional white flowers with violet calyx. Botanists have not determined whether Salvia divinorum is a cultigen or a hybrid; native plants reproduce vegetatively, rarely producing viable seed.

Salvia has a long and continuous tradition of religious use by Mazatec shamans, who use it to facilitate visionary states of consciousness during spiritual healing sessions. Most of the plant’s local common names allude to the Mazatec belief that the plant is an incarnation of the Virgin Mary, with its ritual use also invoking that relationship. Salvia is generally understood to be of low toxicity and low addictive potential.

Media has had a firestorm raising alarms over Salvia’s legal status and are sometimes headlined with generally ill-supported comparisons to LSD or otherpsychoactive substances. Parental concerns are raised by focusing on salvia’s usage by younger teens. The emergence of YouTube videos depicting its use being an area of particular concern in this respect. The isolated and controversial suicide of Brett Chidester received much media attention. Brett’s parents rallied that Salvia was a major reason for their son’s suicide. It basically banned Salvia in Delaware, the state Brett lived.

Salvia divinorum remains legal in most countries and, within the United States, is legal in the majority of states. However, some have called for its prohibition. While not currently regulated by US federal drug laws, several states have passed laws criminalizing the substance. Some proposed state bills have failed to progress and have not been made into law. There have not been many publicized prosecutions of individuals violating anti-salvia laws in the few countries and states in which it has been made illegal.

It is quite interesting to see how salvia has become demonized so quickly. Even that withstanding, Salvia has become both increasingly well-known and available in modern culture. The Internet has allowed for the growth of many businesses selling live salvia plants, dried leaves, extracts, and other preparations.

Medical experts, as well as accident and emergency rooms, have not reported cases that suggest particular salvia related health concerns, and police have not been reporting it as a significant issue with regard to public order offenses.

So how do you use salvia? What is it going to do to you? And how long does it last?

Great questions! First off, salvia can be ingested by chewing the leaves, brewing them into a tea, or by being smoked. Most people use salvia by smoking it through a small pipe or through a Bong…err sorry “water pipe”. It takes a higher temp. flame to truly burn, so a torch lighter is recommended. When smoked, then the main effects are experienced quickly. The most intense ‘peak sensation’ is reached within a minute or so and lasts for a few minutes, followed by a slow tapering off. At 5–10 minutes, less intense yet noticeable effects still persist, giving way to a normal sense of the everyday until back to baseline after about 15 to 20 minutes. But be very careful. Take only a small pinch. Basically enough for one nice hit. Don’t overdo it. You will have a seriously bad trip that will not end as fast as you want it to!

Many people explain different effects from salvia, but all agree it is intense and very close to the feeling of LSD or ecstasy. It is an outer-body experience for sure…and real trippy! A 100% altered state of consciousness! Cue up the trance music!!

Salvia does come in different levels of potency. How that is determined and why it is given its certain level is not an exact science. Its potency is sold in the range from what I have seen from 5x all the way up to 60X.

Salvia banned in the Red States

Salvia has come under an intense amount of media coverage. Government and law enforcement didn’t really give a shit about salvia as there were no reasons to for quite awhile. No crime or death or serious epidemics as a result of its use. Then came the YouTube videos of countless salvia users posting their “trips”..or even better posting the “trips” after they got their Grandma to smoke salvia.

Needless to say, these videos created enough controversy for law enforcement to take notice. Although salvia is not regulated under the Controlled Substances Act, some American states, including Delaware, Louisiana, Missouri, Ohio and others, have passed their own laws. Several other states have proposed legislation against salvia, including Alabama, Alaska, California, Florida, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Texas. Many of these proposals have not made it into law, with motions having failed, stalled or otherwise died, for example at committee review stages.

Treez Says: The old saying goes..”I will try anything once!” So why not. Get off the couch, go find yourself some salvia, sit back down on your couch (you’re gonna need to) and thank TREEZ later. Please forward all of your salvia stories and videos to me @ the Chronicle. Good luck though. On the streets, this shit is harder to score than coke………