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Health Canada Proposes Ban on Salvia Divinorum

Salvia divinorum extract (Image via Wikimedia)
In an official notice published Saturday in the Canada Gazette (scroll down), Health Canada has proposed banning the potent, fast-acting hallucinogen salvia divinorum and its active ingredient, salvinorin A. It wants to add both to Schedule III of Canada's Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, making it illegal to possess, produce, sell, import, or export the substances.

Although the notice was dated February 4, it was not posted in the Gazette until February 19. Interested parties, or stakeholders, have 30 days from the date of publication to comment.

Salvia is currently considered as a natural health product in Canada. Natural health products are not legal to sell in Canada without authorization from Health Canada. Health Canada has never authorized the sale of salvia, but neither has it taken any steps to enforce that regulation.

Salvia and salvia extracts are widely available in Canadian head shops and via the Internet. The Canadian Alcohol and Drug Use Monitoring Survey in 2009 found that 7.3% of 15-to-24-year-olds had tried salvia at least once. [Editor's Note: Given the powerful, even scary, nature of the salvia high, it is probably safe to assume that many of them tried it only once.]

Salvia-inspired art (Image via Wikimedia)
Salvia is "reported to be one of the most prevalent herbal products used as an alternative to illicit drugs," Health Canada said. "Health Canada is concerned that the ready availability and use of salvia divinorum poses a risk to the health and safety of Canadians, particularly youth." Adding it and salvinorin A to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act would "enable law enforcement agencies to take action against suspected illegal activities involving these substances," it added in the notice.

Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Spain and Sweden are among countries that have already regulated or banned salvia, as have some dozen states in the US. The DEA has considered salvia a substance of interest for nearly a decade now, but has not yet moved to classify it as a controlled substance.

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I await the day when every

I await the day when every inch of everything that could possibly physically hurt anyone is covered with foam padding.  Thank you all wise and knowing government for protecting us from ourselves!

 

P.S. The root of this need to control every possible psychotropic drug is rooted in the psychology of people with anxiety disorders that want to control the world around them because they feel so insecure about themselves; the perspectives of these people are negative about everything around them.  Mix this with politics and you have the disastrous "War on Drugs".

Just ban the sale to minors,

Just ban the sale to minors, but let adults use it. Plus, has health canada proven any danger from this substance, or are they just worried that "it might be bad" (or better yet, "it's psychoactive. psychoactive things are not supposed to be legal").

Let's stop this

There has been as of now no evidence that either Salvia divinorum or its psychoactive diterpenoids will lead to any phsysiological harm; quite the opposite, in fact. Salvia has shown in studies to have potent antidepressant activity, and the salvinorins it contains could easily hold the key to new, less dangerous medication for pain management. The ban would prevent scientific progress, and demonize people who would benefit from this plant; all under the false flag of ""saving people from themselves". 

 

There is still time to stop this. Get word out, try starting through prohibition/cannabis reform networks, websites, and mailing lists. Call your local MPs, and representatives. This is about freedom, and injustice; and it will only serve to put more people behind bars. 

Let's try to stop this.

More studies

Salvia is the cure for cocaine addiction maximum diffuse please!

 

-"Effect of kappa-opioid receptor agonists U69593, U50488H, spiradoline and salvinorin A on cocaine-induced drug-seeking in rats"

More evidence that it is not about evidence

Health Canada needs to get a life.  Obviously, they are looking for anyway to increase or justify their budget, so it's the Salvia and K2 Madness Project.  These substance are not deadly.  Salvia's effects last for whopping two to five minutes!   This isn't a public safety issue because the effects are so intensely trippy that you don't want to be around stupid sober people asking you "Are you okay?"  Therefore, the vast majority of users will be behind the computer looking at trippy effects while listening to Pink Floyd or making a jackass of themselves on Youtube.

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