They call it “Sally D,” “Sage of Seers,” or “magic mint.” It can cause the sensation of out of body experience, heightened senses, and frightening hallucinations. And it can be found for sale, legally, at any number of headshops in Los Angeles.
Salvia divinorum, commonly known as Salvia, is a mind altering “psychoactive herb” that has yet to be regulated under the “Controlled Substances Act.”
According to reviews on Yelp, the Mike’s Smoke Shop in Hollywood is a particularly location to purchase the hallucionogen.
Daniel Siebert, a Malibu resident and expert on salvia, sells dried leaves by mail for $125 per ounce. His bio also claims that he has “worked with” salvia “under the guidance of Mazatec shamans” who have used the plants in rituals and for its spiritual properties. On his website, salvia is described as being, “physically quite safe,” and non-toxic.
“Salvia is not a stimulant, it is not a sedative, it is not a narcotic, it is not a tranquilizer.” However, salvia, which can be smoked or chewed on, “can alter perception and behavior.”
In today’s Daily News where I first read about the “herb,” (print only) a San Bernadino County Sherrif says that one woman who used salivia had a terrifying experience:
“She had a burrito on the table,” he said, reporting her hallucination. “It grew legs and teeth and started to attack her.”
A California State bill that was introduced last year attempted to add salvia to a list of controlled hallucinogenic substances was denied.