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I met my cousin Christina and my Aunt Susan at Wownet. Then we went to the Hai Hong for Dim Sum. I love Dim Sum.

After lunch we went back to the Commons to shop. I picked up a green "Celtic Circles" sarong and a starter pack of Salvia Divinorum. J had told me there was a controversy in the Ithaca Journal about stores on the Commons selling Salvia so I wanted to support them even though I don't smoke.

Salvia sparks curiosity by Diana Lamattina, Journal Staff, Local News - Saturday, July 31, 2004
"The reason why there hasn't been much done on it is that very few Americans use it," said John H. Halpern, associate director of substance abuse research in the Biological Psychiatry Laboratory at McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate. "It was known about 30 years ago. It's been found to have a psychoactive substance in it, but it is not physiologically addictive."
"People are too quick to lump all the drugs together," Siebert said. "There's a certain amount of blanket anti-drug hysteria."

A Legal High: Drug for sale locally; effects sketchy, by Diana Lamattina, Journal Staff, Local News - Saturday, July 31, 2004
Despite the hallucinogenic properties, Siebert said that salvia is not likely to have broad appeal. Many people try salvia, which is not physiologically addictive, purely out of curiosity and do not return to buy more, Siebert said. "Maybe about 20 percent come back a second time. After a certain amount only 10 or 15 percent like to keep trying it," Russo-Perry said. "I've never heard of anyone taking it daily." Siebert agrees. "Most people try it and are disappointed. Most people find the experience kind of confusing," Siebert said. "It's never going to become a popular drug."

Limited knowledge of drug makes warnings difficult by Diana Lamattina,
Journal Staff,  Local News - Saturday, July 31, 2004
The title says it all. It is difficult to explain why something is bad if you don't actually know if it is bad.

Salvia divinorum Legislature should outlaw substance EDITORIAL, Opinion - Thursday, August 5, 2004
More knee jerk anti-drug hysteria.

Pitfalls of reporting on health issues by Bruce Estes,  Opinion - Saturday, August 7, 2004

Journal should not promote 'legal high', by Teri Niziol, LETTERS, Opinion - Saturday, August 7, 2004
"Having an article such as this on the front cover of your paper obviously gives knowledge about the substance -- which is the first step in using it." [Talk about knee-jerk hysteria.]

Salvia divinorum: Look before you leap  Opinion - Saturday, August 14, 2004
"Yet, it is clearly a lung toxin, which may be carcinogenic." [Yes, inhaling smoke is bad for you.]
"In many young people, it creates a non-motivational syndrome in which they watch the world go by with themselves very much on the sidelines. " [Don't you just love the way he turns teenaged angst into a clinical symptom.]
"I hope these few thoughts I share will encourage all of us to investigate and contemplate the dearth of knowledge about Salvia divinorum. I hope we will make a commitment to act to properly regulate its availability. " [We don't know what it does so we must make it illegal before we find out.]

Having just now read the articles I am even more in support of Salvia. I am very much opposed to making victimless acts crimes. I should be allowed to buy leaves for the purpose of ingesting them. Although I would like to be able to bring charges against anyone who sold me leaves tainted with poisonous chemicals knowing that I would ingest them. Laws should protect us from other people, not ourselves.

After shopping we went to the park for the picnic. It was very nice to see my sisters all in one place. After dinner I drove Christina up to the falls overlook to see the falls. then we went to Trumansberg so she could buy the makings for Smores.

I am exhausted.

Tomorrow is the wedding.


Salvia Divinorum

This plant was just mentioned in the book I just read, "Breaking open the head." In the conversations that the author had with native people he was told that the spirit of Salvia Divinorum "was shy, like a deer." And people had encountered experiences with the spirit of Salvia, a white dressed woman, and she was indeed a healing spirit, curing one woman of arrhythmia.

I can't believe that this is actually becoming an issue somewhere. According to what I read it's just been a very low key underground plant, mostly because her results vary so widely from person to person.

I have to say I'm kind of shocked in some ways, and not very shocked in others. I'm shocked that this particular plant is becoming so popular, though, I'm not shocked that it's becoming popular in Ithaca.

Wow. Thank you. I'm going to cross link this entry if you don't mind.

Re: Salvia Divinorum

I'm going to cross link this entry if you don't mind.

I'm always flattered when people care enough to link to my posts. :-)