Legally High

| February 1, 2002

Legally High, Chris Harris, Hartford Advocate
A Mexican herb that packs a hallucinogenic punch is gaining notoriety for its intense experiences, but also for being legal in the United States, reports Chris Harris of the Hartford Advocate. Salvia divinorum, a type of sage plant long used by Mexico's Mazatec Indians, contains levels of hallucinogens greater than those of peyote or psilocybin mushrooms. Although scientists have known of Salvia for at least 40 years, neurologists are still unsure of how the drug affects the brain's neurotransmitters. And while only five years have passed since Salvia became a popular recreational drug, the Drug Enforcement Administration already knows about it. There are no immediate plans to regulate the herb, but a DEA spokesman says they're in the process of 'collecting information on it.'
--Kate Garsombke
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