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Salvia divinorum has become increasingly well-known and more widely available in modern culture. The rise of the Internet since the 1990s has seen the growth of many businesses selling live Salvia plants, dried leaves, extracts and other preparations. During this time medical experts and accident and emergency rooms have not been reporting cases that suggest particular health concerns and police have not been reporting it as a significant issue with regard to public order offences. Yet Salvia divinorum has attracted increasing attention from the media and some lawmakers.

Media stories generally raise alarms over Salvia's legal status, headlining for example with not necessarily well supported comparisons to LSD. Parental concerns are raised by focus on Salvia's use by younger teens; - the emergence of YouTube being an area of particular concern in this respect. The isolated and controversial case of Brett Chidester, a 17-year-old Delaware student who committed suicide in January 2006, has received continued attention. He reportedly purchased Salvia from a Canadian based Internet company some four months prior to taking his own life; his parents consequently blame this for his death. Salvia divinorum remains legal in most countries and, within the United States, legal in the majority of States. However, some have called for its prohibition. Most proposed bills have not made it into law, with motions having been voted down in committee, failed, died or otherwise stalled. Other more recent bills are as yet still at early proposal stage. There haven't been any publicised prosecutions of anti-Salvia laws in the few countries and States where it has been made illegal.

Symptoms:

* Uncontrollable laughter.
* Past memories, such as revisiting places from childhood memory.
* Sensations of motion, or being pulled or twisted by forces.
* Visions of membranes, films and various two-dimensional surfaces.
* Merging with or becoming objects (for example a Ferris wheel).
* Overlapping realities, such as the perception of being in several locations at once.

For those wikifreaks out there, here's the link for what it is.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvia_divinorum

For those of you who didn't pick up the hint from the article, Salvia is a completely legal hallucinageon. For how much longer it will be legal, who knows.

Here's a feedback from someone who tried it. It's definitely different from other smokable items. He only took one hit, and it's supposed to be quick. It was incredibly surprising by how quick it seriously took effect. Quite honestly, its not a party drug. Its like an insane head rush. You look at something, and when you look away, you see it dragging across your line of sight. You laugh uncontrollably, shrieking, even, and you get really hot. Its a funny experience, and even more fun to watch on video when you're done. Things moved fast, too; he thought he was laughing for 15 seconds and in reality it was more like 5 minutes.

Laughing gas, that's pretty much what its like. Now, a dozen or so pedestrians have been saying how horrible of a thing it is for Salvia to be legal. Its all about one's own morals and opinions, and his opinion, is that its not really dangerous. You seriously can't move. You can try, but you're planted to where you are. Like alcohol, all you can really do is to suggest not to do it when participating in motor activity; it could end badly. Of course, you're not supposed to talk on a cell phone while driving either.

Summary: Fun, but when its done, you don't really have any desire to do it again. He's like "been there, done that, it was cool, but I could live the rest of my life without doing it again." From his feedback it doesn't seem as addicting as nicotine. I'd like all your opinions on whether or not Salvia is dangerous, or whether or not it should remain legal.
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sounds like a hippie addiction.
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i'll never try it.
for now, i think its a pretty safe drug just as long as someone watches over you when salvia is affecting you. i dont' know the chemical effects of it yet and because its so similar to LSD, i can't really say for sure that its is safe
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I will never try it,ever.
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Smoked it, it tastes awful. But lawd, I laughed so hard

Btw, I've tried several legal and illegal drugs. None of the legal drugs had a strong effect, as far as I've noticed and none of them were too exciting anyway. If this boy's parents claim that salvia drove him into suicide, which is a ridiculous assumption in my opinion, I think a link that states that this drug causes depression would be nice.
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33 / M / Ireland
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that stuff only lasts a minute or so.
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Is this like an ad for it?
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^Don't be stupid, he clearly asked for a discussion of the pros and cons of allowing it to be legalized.
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Read the topic as 'Saliva'. xD

I don't do drugs, but my friend does and he was talking about how he did salvia (he didn't remember the name at the time, but I'm pretty sure this is the one he was talking about). He said that he thought he was on the teacup ride at Disneyland and he was having a blast (in other words, laughing his ass off). Afterwards he said he was panting because he was out of breath. xD

It may not seem like a dangerous drug compared to some others, but that doesn't make it less of a threat. Doing any type of drug without some supervision is just asking for trouble.
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mikomiko123 wrote:

Is this like an ad for it?

Clearly you didn't read my entire first post, which is disappointing. Look at what the person said to you under your post and next time read through everything in the first post and see what the thread is all about.
Posted 12/21/07
Damn hippies again.
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Do you know if it has any long term negative affects on your health?
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There is a long term effect but there is no strong evidence that would have a significant negative long term impact. For more info read more into the long term effects in the wiki article.
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25 / F / New York
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O: I wants to try

Lyke really.
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CrashAriMP5N2O wrote:


mikomiko123 wrote:

Is this like an ad for it?

Clearly you didn't read my entire first post, which is disappointing. Look at what the person said to you under your post and next time read through everything in the first post and see what the thread is all about.


Of course I didnt, such long thread.... Im sorry then...
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