For centuries, the Mazatec Indians in Oaxaca, Mexico, have used the plant salvia divinorum in their shamanic rituals. Based on their history of use as well as other research that has demonstrated no toxic or addictive potential of the plant, I decided to explore for myself this entheogen’s mind-altering effects. The experience is nothing less than amazing, and it has caused me to question my assumptions of reality. In this post I will attempt to explain what the salvia divinorum breakthrough experience has been like for me. It is my hope that anyone reading this will come away with a better understanding and respect for the power of this sacred plant. Continue reading The Breakthrough Experience of Salvia Divinorum
News about the “new drug threat” continues to increase as politicians and the media waste no time pursuing a misguided agenda to demonize salvia divinorum.
Without really understanding much about the plant, both are making ridiculously false statements. And recently, overzealous law enforcement officials in Kansas have targeted an innocent grocery store in the drive to rid the area of this new drug threat.
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Salvia divinorum has been banned in a few countries as well as some states in the U.S.. I am against an outright ban against the plant, and I wrote a post on my position on the war on salvia. However, while I see more harm than good in the federal government or any state making it a Schedule I substance, I do support the idea of restricting its use in the same way that alcohol and cigarettes are restricted. This is not a party drug, and using it for entertainment purposes is wasteful at best and potentially dangerous at worst. Young minds that are still developing do not need to be exposed to substances that alter how the mind works.
So I was pleasantly surprised when I read last week that the Assembly Committee on Public Safety passed California Assemblyman Anthony Adams’ bill A.B. 259. The bill would make it a misdemeanor to sell or distribute Salvia divinorum to persons under the age of 18.
The Mazatec Indians use it in their spiritual rituals for healing and to gain answers. Modern-day shamans also use the plant called salvia divinorum in their quests for spiritual answers. No wonder it’s known as a teacher plant.
It is indeed incredibly unique in terms of its place in human culture, and it has risen from an enigmatic past to a place of controversy in modern culture. So does it have anything to offer the modern seeker? I believe that it does.
It’s being called “a dangerous new drug that is sweeping the country.”
One by one, news sources are jumping on the bandwagon and joining in the media campaign against an herb that has been used for centuries by Mexican shamans – known by science as salvia divinorum. And it is a classic example of alarmist misinformation.