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Salvia: more powerful than LSD, and legal

The Telegraph carries a long piece about salvia, “a legal high”.  The piece says that:

Watching young people out of their minds on salvia is the latest YouTube sensation and is fuelling the popularity of the herb. But, for those with a clear head, the films – some of which have been viewed more than a million times – are deeply disturbing. Users are reduced to mumbling wrecks, giggling and screaming, gasping and muttering, waving their hands around as they sink into a sofa or crumple to the floor. What we don’t see are the visions, lights, swirls and hallucinations that many say they have experienced. Or the nightmarish sense that they are close to death, going insane or under attack.

The drug has been outlawed, or its sale and distribution restricted, in Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Italy, Japan, Spain and Sweden. In the UK the Telegraph say:

Labour MP John Mann has lobbied for the British Government to review salvia’s legal status and last October he wrote to the Home Secretary urging her to take action. Earlier this month the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs met to discuss salvia, among other substances, and there will be a follow-up meeting in May. According to a Home Office spokesperson, ‘If a compelling case is made for any “legal high” to be added to the list of controlled drugs under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 because they pose a significant health and social problem, we will not hesitate to seek Parliament’s agreement to do so following reference to, and advice from, the ACMD on the case for control.’

In terms of prevalence the story says:

studies at some US universities concluded that up to 7 per cent of students had tried it. There are no figures for Britain, but among undergraduates I asked, most had heard of it and many knew peers who had used it.


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One Response

  1. Yvonne Le Page says:

    Shops in Guernsey are now not allowed to import legal highs following concerns from professionals about the effects they are having on regular users – particularly young people.
    http://www.thisisguernsey.com/2009/04/07/shops-banned-from-importing-legal-highs/ for the story in our local paper plus follow up comments from retailers and users

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