Salvia Divinorum and the law

I was just reading something about Sage. I love growing herbs and plants and I own two pots of Sage in the house then I saw the Salvia Divinorum. It’s a psychoactive plant like cannabis sativa (Marijuana) and a hallucinogen known for its uses in divination in Mexico. It seems like a rare plant and I became interested in procuring one for my own little garden then I stumble upon an old article in inquirer.net

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/metro/view/20100620-276658/Hallucinogenic-herb-may-be-placed-in-dangerous-drugs-list

I quickly formed some opinions regarding the article. One is that, some states in the US must have banned it. Leading for the Philippines to think about banning it as well. I researched this and found out that indeed some states banned the herb but it is legal throughout the world. This theory is one of the best theories and explanations in Filipino law-creation. The United States.

The effects of Salvia Divinorum impair judgement and are thus likely to be dangerous. Hmm, so alcohol doesn’t do that? Alcoholic substances intoxicate, sometimes even lead to death of the drinker through poisoning, it has a lot of addicts, it has destroyed a lot of lives, it has killed people and some alcohols are in no way seemingly healthy (such as gin which is infamous for gin-bulag (blinding gin). So this herbal leaf that has some healthy effects be banned?

Leading to Companies might have something to do with this. but the thought had become unlikely as soon as it entered my mind. Sure they may have a reason to ban the product as similar it is to the conspiracy theory on why cannabis sativa (Marijuana) had become illegal due to Tobacco companies. A certain line in the article had caught my attention.  It is just unreasonable though, to say that the Philippines has other drugs to deal with certain ailments like headache and diarrhea (some of which the sage divinorium plant is said to cure) so the plant can be forgone. Not everyone would want to spend money on drugs if they can cure themselves of it for free through herbal remedies and not everyone can afford to buy such drugs all the time. Alcoholic beverages will never be banned because of companies, history (arak) and so on and so forth.

My more recent thoughts are, if a plant that has been traditionally used in medicine here or the Filipino apothecary tradition here has been found to be hallucinogenic, let’s say betel nut (a hallucinogen that most people in the provinces chew) and the United States has banned it, will it still be banned in this country? The Salvia Divinorum isn’t really a native plant in the Philippines nor is it known to have affected our history in a large way but well, i think it has been introduced as early as the Philippines has established relations with Mexico. I have read somewhere that the Filipinos had somehow influenced the Mexicans in the creation of Tequila from some indigenous techniques from the Philippines, at the same time the Mexicans have influenced the Filipinos in calling their parents Nanay and Tatay (Nana and Tata). This must mean this plant has been present in the country ever since! just as how the Filipinos brought some palm and coconut plants and techniques to Mexico.  Just wanted to share that.

I don’t really know much about this plant but I bet it’s not even addictive. It’s probably less addictive than cigarette. but still is the government trying to be a hero in banning all hallucinogenic herbal plants or just copying another country again?

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