Salvia must not be mistaken as Marijuana

April 3rd, 2009 - 1:20 am ICT by GD  

Recently the herbal hallucinogenic found in Colorado, Salvia divinorum, is on the verge of getting banned. Although it is available in most of the U.S. states legally, the law makers are making attempts to ban the drug as they fear Salvia might show the ill effects of Marijuana in future. The use of Salvia is widespread in U.S. since it is chewed and smoked by several people and has use in religious rituals as well. A recent article of Associated Press, captioned as “Is salvia the next marijuana?”, has directly expressed its concern to this new drug.

When we discuss about law enforcement, the comparison of Salvia and Marijuana is definitely a sensible issue, but this comparison draws a different picture in federal law. Under federal law the two drugs 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. Now when we take into account the effects of the two drugs, a sharp difference is visible. In case of Marijuana, the drug produces lethargy and hunger. On the contrary, Salvia is known for taking the user on psychedelic “trips,” although for a very short period as compared with other hallucinogens.

There are also defenders of Salvia who solicit the drug’s herbal origin. Although Salvia is stated to be less dangerous than Marijuana by law, it has possible therapeutic effects that are in the line of discovery. Once the drug face a formal ban all such attempts of discovery will come to an end.

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