What Is Salvia?
There are a lot of people who are interested in strengthening their relationship with nature, and some people are interested in salvia to help them do that. Salvia divinorum, which is usually shortened to salvia, is an herb that is a part of the mint family. It is native to Mexico, but it can also be found in South and Central America. It has been used by Native American tribes as part of religious ceremonies, and it is considered a hallucinogen. It can be powerful, and it has very real effects. It also goes by the names Sally D, Magic Mint, and Maria Pastora.
Is Salvia a Controlled Substance?
According to the federal government of the United States, salvia is not considered a controlled substance. This means that it is not subject to the same regulations as other recreational or prescription drugs. For example, cocaine and heroin are considered controlled substances, and they are illegal in all 50 states because the United States has made them illegal as well. There are other controlled substances, such as benzodiazepines and pain medications, which are subject to tremendous regulation. It is impossible for someone to get their hands on these medications legally without a prescription from a doctor. Because salvia is not a controlled substance, it opens the door for states to regulate this substance individually. That is why it is legal in some states and illegal in other states.
Is Salvia Safe?
Salvia is not considered safe, but it can be used safely only if taking small doses. Although salvia is not considered addictive, it is possible to develop a dependency on it. There are also some physical side effects that can develop with its use. There are gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, and neurological side effects. It is possible that continued use of salvia can also have side effects on someone's ability to learn, but this is still an area that is being actively researched. Finally, many people are worried that they will have a bad trip if they use this substance. It could trigger a panic attack in people who have pre-existing anxiety.
Where Is Salvia Legal?
There are several states in the country where salvia is legal. Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Massachusetts, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia all allow for the sale, possession, and use of salvia. Tennessee allows for salvia to be grown for “aesthetic, landscaping, or decorative purposes.” There are also states where salvia is legal with age restrictions. In California and Maine, you must be at least 18 years old to purchase salsa, and in Maryland, purchasers must be at least 21.
In any state that is not mentioned above, salvia is illegal.