So, in the latest Miley Cyrus scandal (how many have there been? oy), Miley was caught smoking the potent herb salvia out of a bong. But what is the stuff, anyway?

Salvia divonorum, though currently not banned in the U.S. under the controlled substances act, has been the target of several state laws. The plant, which is native to Mexico, produces LSD-type hallucinations in users who smoke it, or chew the leaves.

Immediately after taking the drug, users have reported the following effects:

  • Uncontrollable laughter
  • Past memories, such as revisiting places from childhood memory
  • Sensations of motion, or being pulled or twisted by forces
  • Visions of membranes, films and various two-dimensional surfaces
  • Merging with or becoming objects
  • Overlapping realities, such as the perception of being in several locations at once

Said one journalist, who took salvia as an experiment:

The salvia took me on a consciousness-expanding journey unlike any other I have ever experienced. My body felt disconnected from ‘me’ and objects and people appeared cartoonish, surreal and marvellous. Then, as suddenly as it had began, it was over. The visions vanished and I was back in my bedroom. I spoke to my ‘sitter’—the friend who was watching over me, as recommended on the packaging—but my mouth was awkward and clumsy. When I attempted to stand my coordination was off. Within a couple of minutes, however, I was fine and clear-headed, though dripping with sweat. The whole experience had lasted less than 5 minutes. (Gaia 2006-09-29 (UK Media))

While salvia is legal, it can be a scary experience for those who have “bad trips” on it, and many people who take it say it’s not a “party drug,” but rather a psychedelic journey for those who want to experience it. YouTube is full of salvia trip videos, if you want to see common reactions to the drug.

Yikes! I’ve never been a fan of drugs, and this stuff sounds scary, because who knows how you’ll react to it.

Have you ever seen anyone take salvia, Lovelies, or have you tried it yourselves?