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Salvia

James Neill
Last updated:
11 Nov 2004


Salvia

Salvia Divorinum is less well known, but has recently been made illegal.  It is a plant you can ride to the ridgetops, a shamanic tool.  It is from a family of sage-like plants used by the Mazatec Indians and has the curious property of unfolding a psychological narrative within the user each time it is reused.  Whilst Cannabis sends the user scurrying into different pockets of curiosity, enhancing stimulation and focus, Salvia Divorinum is a journeying, archetypal drug that draws the user deeper into a central Shamanic journey.  It far less well known, perhaps because it appeals less as a recreational drug and is more difficult to cultivate.  The nature of the plant virtually demands a dedicated, aware user and is unlikely to appeal on mass to recreational users and there and unlikely to have negative social impacts if basic guidelines are followed.  Thus, it is not banned in most countries.