A powerful hallucinogen salvia divinorum or also known as “magic mint” has been finding its way into illegal drug markets in the U.S. This plant has a rough, tongue shaped leaf and is found in Mexico’s Indian villages of Sierra Mazateca about 170 miles southeast of Mexico City along a mountain path. The drug has become an important cash crop for poor farmers.
Several U.S. states have restricted salvia sales and other states are trying to do the same. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is conducting a study to decide whether this drug should be banned nationwide and if it should be listed as a controlled substance. Ten other countries around the world have banned this substance.
The effect of this drug when smoked even one or two puffs produce an intense trip that lasts for 4-5 minutes. Long-term effects of this drug still needs to be researched but preliminary reports say that the drug does not appear to be addictive. However, in 2006 1.8 million Americans above the age of 12 reported that they tried “magic mint”. The drug is not considered a party drug, and it’s not a substitute for marijuana. It seems that most people try it once, put it in a drawer and never touch it again.