Are Red & Purple Salvia Plants The Ones Used When Smoking Salvia?

purple-salvia-home-depot.jpg Most of us recognize Salvia as a houseplant that is commonly found in garden centers and flower beds across America.

Salvia is a member of the mint family.

As it turns out, when it is smoked or ingested, one species of the lovely Salvia plant becomes a psychedelic drug.

That species is Salvia Divinorum.

There is a new drug on the scene, and unlike Meth, Crack Cocaine, or Marijuana, this one is legal. Its name is Salvia Divinorum or Salvia for short. Source

 

Salvia – As A Drug

According to law enforcement and medical personnel, Salvia Divinorum is a powerful drug with psychedelic properties that could be very dangerous to those who choose to smoke or ingest it.

While it is currently legal to buy Salvia Divinorum in most (not all) states, drug enforcement officials are still reviewing the effects of Salvia as a drug.

Salvia Divinorum is known by many other names, including:

However, it is usually just referred to by its plant genus name: Salvia.

 

Salvia – As A Houseplant

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Parents, medical personnel, and law officials have become concerned about the fact that many houseplants available for purchase are also simply called Salvia — which could lead to some confusion.

To clarify, the Salvia you buy at stores and nurseries is not the same as the Salvia that people smoke or ingest.

There are actually several different species of plants that are called Salvia and the ones you see for sale at stores and nurseries across are typically not Salvia Divinorum plants.

In fact, it could be dangerous (even fatal) if you were to smoke or ingest leaves from a houseplant that has the name Salvia!

 

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Salvia Divinorum: Legal or Illegal?

From a federal standpoint, Salvia Divinorum is 100% legal, but it has been declared a controlled substance in some states, including:

  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Kansas
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • South Dakota
  • Virginia

In some states (Louisiana, North Carolina, Tennessee) you can still use Salvia Divinorum for landscaping or decorative purposes, just not for consumption. (I tend to think it would be hard to govern whether you were using it for consumption or not.)

There are other states where it’s illegal to sell Salvia Divinorum to minors under the age of 18 (like Maine and California).

While some states in the U.S. are taking steps to keep teens and others safe from this herb, a handful of other countries (including Australia, Italy, and Sweden, to name a few) have flat out made it illegal to grow, possess, or distribute Salvia Divinorum.

There are still enough places (like Canada, Ireland, Netherlands, and New Zealand) where you can easily obtain Salvia Divinorum dried leaves and plants.

If you are like many — including parents and drug enforcement officers — who wonder why Salvia Divinorum simply isn’t illegal everywhere, chemically speaking, Salvia Divinorum is not the same as Schedule 1 and Schedule 2 drugs. For that reason, it is not covered by the federal law used to ban drugs.

Under federal law, the two drugs [Marijuana and Salvia Divinorum] are different. While Marijuana is a banned drug as per the Controlled Substances Act, Salvia is regarded only as a “drug of concern” by the DEA. Source

 

Here’s a video of Miley Cyrus taking a bong hit of Salvia:

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  • angelo

    yea but it only lasts like 5 minutes

  • http://www.k2incense.org k2 spice

    People get all bent out of shape wanting a plant banned. Meanwhile, people are dying every day from drunk drivers and second hand smoke.

  • Pballfanatic17

    soo the effects of salvia are like those of marijuana? haha i dont think so. and duh the effects are worse than marijuana bc marijuana is the best recreational drug, most harmless, and most useful plant on the face of this planet. Smoke weed :)

  • stick

    am i the only 1 here for landscaping purposes? lol. no really though, marijauna is good 4 u..

  • Glenn R. Simpson

    This is a load of nanny writing right here. You so scared! Try a drug in a controlled environment before judging its dangers, then educate people on how to use natural drugs safely.