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`This (salvia) isn't your father's marijuana'
    #1860519 - 08/28/03 10:34 PM (14 years, 1 month ago)

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/6573490.htm

Posted on Thu, Aug. 21, 2003

`This (salvia) isn't your father's marijuana'
BY GEORGIA TASKER
gtasker@herald.com

An alternative to Ecstasy and marijuana that is being marketed on the Internet and used by college and high school-age people is a potent hallucinogen that may bring LSD-like flashbacks and personality changes, warns a pharmacologist at the University of Florida.

Paul Doering, professor of pharmacy practice and co-director of the statewide Drug Information and Pharmacy Resource Center, said in a phone interview, ``This isn't your father's marijuana. It's in its own category.''

It is a salvia, in the mint family.

Found in Oaxaca, Mexico, the perennial plant called Salvia divinorum appears on any number of Internet sites with instructions on how to use it, buy it and increase potency.

Dr. Sean Ragone, physician and poison specialist at Jackson Memorial Hospital's Poison Control Center, said there have been no incidents of bad reactions reported in the 70 hospitals that the Center serves from Palm Beach to the Keys. However, he said, inquiries about the plant are increasing.

A psychoactive plant, Salvia divinorum is said to have been used traditionally by Mazatecas in religious ceremonies. It contains a chemical called salvinorin A, that works unlike other hallucinogens, but ''no one knows too much about it,'' Doering said. Internet sources, such as www.sagewis dom.org, say that it is ''extremely strong'' and can ``induce visions.''

''I'm not proposing this to be like heroin,'' Doering said. But it can result in ``psychological overlays, a person can become introverted and undergo personality changes.''

Doering doesn't believe it should be federally regulated (there has been congressional discussion of outlawing the plant, and subsequently the formation of a Salvia Divinorum Defense Fund). Making the salvia illegal will result in people finding something else, he said.

''We're trying to let people know, hey, it's a serious thing,'' he said. ``Personally, I wouldn't want to get near this thing. It's too scary.''



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Re: `This (salvia) isn't your father's marijuana' [Re: motaman]
    #1862407 - 08/29/03 12:44 PM (14 years, 1 month ago)

Why do these stories often only focus on any potential negative problems and don't mention the known positive aspects? Still, there are some positive things said about salvia in that article....


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Re: `This (salvia) isn't your father's marijuana' [Re: motaman]
    #1862521 - 08/29/03 01:41 PM (14 years, 1 month ago)

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motaman said:
An alternative to Ecstasy and marijuana that is being marketed on the Internet and used by college and high school-age people is a potent hallucinogen that may bring LSD-like flashbacks and personality changes, warns a pharmacologist at the University of Florida.




Wow, couldn't have made this statement more fucked up if i tried...this guy has no idea of what salvia is... :shake:


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Re: `This (salvia) isn't your father's marijuana' [Re: Azmodeus]
    #1863533 - 08/29/03 07:50 PM (14 years, 1 month ago)

He should have looked up http://www.erowid.org

Majority of the time it's one sided, the news that is.


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