Salvia Divinorum Banned in All 50 States!

3 Aug

Salvia Divinorum banned in all 50 states?

Well, it’s not true as I sit here writing this, but, it begs the question: how far away are we from such a headline?

My best guess is we’re looking at a few years.

I’d say even as early as 2010, Salvia will be illegal everywhere or nearly everywhere in the States.

Just last month 3 more states – Virginia, Kansas, and Florida – banned this unique plant, used traditionally in Mexico for something in the vein of oh – a few thousand years – and more recently since the mid 19990’s by psychoactive seeking westerners.

There is definitely some sensationalist hype floating around the media on Salvia, yet I can’t help but blame some of the people – some of them clearly idiots – filming themselves on Salvia, and releasing it on the net.

I was at a bar a few months ago when one of the Salvia segments came on TV. With no sound but only a view on the TV of person after person hitting a pipe or a bong, and then zoning out, or laughing, or doing something embarressing – this caught my eye quickly. What the fuck were they talking about? Crack?

OHHHH – wait, it must be on Salvia Divinorum!

Dammit!
And I was hoping it was about a new crack epidemic sweeping America, because at least crack is already illegal.

Seriously though, watching these pieces on the news about Salvia, it’s pretty frustrating. These films people are making are being used against Salvia, and it’s just too easy to do so, especially when you’ve got rather immature kids smoking the stuff and filming it.

I’d also say you can shoot some blame for it becoming illegal on certain vendors; Salvia is definitely not a marijuana substitute, and I’ve heard that it’s sometimes marketed as such. (Can you imagine expecting to get a nice weed high and then – wait – oh god, what is happening.) 

But mainly it’s just going to get banned because we have no sensible relationship to drugs in this country, and as a whole, we are not interested in changing that relationship, only reinforcing it. (Heck, take a look at Loiusiana State Act 159, which recently banned dozens of plants, most noticable Salvia Divinorum, but also so wide reaching as to ban Calea Zacatechichi, AKA dream herb! WTF…)

Is there anything to be done to keep Salvia from becoming illegal soon in the USA?

My somewhat pathetic but realistic answer is: I think not.

The more sensible counter attack would be to purchase plants from vendors like Bouncing Bear or I Am Shaman, keep them growing, and spread the plant-love amongst your friends.

This might mean goodbye to quality extracts, but at least this would keep natural plants readily available for their caretakers and their friends.

3 Responses to “Salvia Divinorum Banned in All 50 States!”

  1. KMG August 6, 2008 at 1:56 am #

    Have you successfully grown a salvia plant? I ordered one and it died quickly. I have no idea what I was doing wrong, and usually I keep my house plants alive. It seemed traumatized by the shipping and now I’m hesitant to spend the money on another one.

  2. Ben August 6, 2008 at 8:09 pm #

    I have never tried to grow Salvia but for good reason – I’m one of those people whose house plants always end up dying. :/ (Man, I’m embaressed to say this publicly on a post about shamanic plants!)

    I’m more interested in growing Calea Zacatechichi, actually, more than anything else, because I’m very fascinated with this plant.

  3. Katie September 25, 2010 at 1:58 am #

    Hate to let you down, but as someone who lives in the UK where you can buy salvia extract in head shops, growing a plant isn’t gonna do much. You need to buy at least 30x or 40x pure extract which comes in a tube and looks like soot, and then you need a bong (is it bowl in america?) with a blow torch lighter; as if you don’t get it hot enough it doesn’t do anything.
    It’s good fun when it works though, I first tried it in my friends house opposite the pub where my parents where drinking, and walked over there laughing my tits off and telling them they couldn’t have a go at me as it was legal, unlike weed which they constantly moan at me about. It made my back feel really naughty and the front of me really good.

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