Thursday, March 13, 2008

Sally D

So, there's been some buzz in the news lately regarding the ethnobotanical hallucinogen called Salvia divinorum. Unfortunately, there is little fact or reason in the news about Salvia D, and more dogma and misinformation.

Let's get things straight.

No government has the right to make a plant illegal. That it happens is ludicrous.

Salvia divinorum is a cultigen, a plant like corn that has been bred by humans for so long that it is no longer capable of survival in the wild without human cultivation. It is, in essence, a living botanical artifact of pre-historic horticulture. Such a plant offers tremendous insight into the horticultural practices of ancient humans. Salvia divinorum is also an important religious and medicinal plant to the native people of southern mexico. It would benefit anthropologists and ethnobotanists greatly to study this plant and it's many uses. This would be impossible, of course, if Congress commits the crime of prohibition and renders salvia divinorum illegal.

Why might congress do this?

The buzz in the media would have us believe that salvia is another dangerous drug that kills our youth. The truth is, it is not.

The TRUTH is that Salvia D is no more dangerous than any other plant in the garden, nor is it any more dangerous than saturated fat, automobiles, guns, alcohol, tobacco, and war.

Don't believe the hype. In fact, do your own research, and don't let others tell you what to believe. That would be best. After all, the truth means nothing if we don't look for it.


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