2023 Farm-Bill, Delta-8 vs Delta-9, Isotonitazene, Medical Cannabis – The Cannadelics Sunday Edition

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The Cannadelics Sunday Edition (2/19/2023) – Isotonitazene, Vape Carts, 2023 Farm-Bill, Delta-8 vs Delta-9, THC-O Sale and more


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This week we have a pretty even mix of both cannabis and psychedelics news. 2023 Farm-Bill is coming soon, what to expect? A few popular topics explore the latest opioid to hit the market, which is said to be stronger than fentanyl and comes along with public fears of a worsening opioid epidemic. Also covered is how legal cannabis impacts big pharma, how a medical setting impacts psychedelic therapy, and more!

Worse Than Fentanyl? New Opioid Isotonitazene Deepens Opioid Issue

Isotonitazene is a newer opioid to cause problems
Isotonitazene is a newer opioid to cause problems

Considering how strong fentanyl is, and the absolute devastation it’s had on the American public, it’s a bit crazy to think that a new, and even stronger opioid was just released. It’s name is isotonitazene, and it is said to be 20-100 times more powerful than fentanyl, making it around 500 time stronger than morphine. Will this make the already terrible opioid situation, even worse?

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What’s The Deal with Shoddy Vape Carts Lately?

What’s The Deal with Shoddy Vape Carts Lately?

Over the past few months, we’ve observed a significant decrease in the caliber of the vape cartridges we purchase. Strangely, it’s not the concentrate inside that’s the issue, but rather the carts themselves. Whether it’s leakage or complete disintegration, the majority of vape carts we’ve bought in the past year have been of poor quality. What’s going on?

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2023 Farm-Bill Under Construction: What to Expect

2023 Farm-Bill
2023 Farm-Bill

It’s that time again… time for a new and “improved” farm bill. A farm bill is a set of laws that governs a wide array of food and agricultural program, including hemp which is federally legal. The last one sure shook things up with its legalization of industrial hemp and derived products. But it also created many messes. Now with the new 2023 farm bill under construction, the burning question is, how will it impact the industry?

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Does A Medical Setting Affect Psychedelic Treatment?

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Does A Medical Setting Affect Psychedelic Treatment?

As psychedelics gain acceptance quickly, laws in different states are changing to accommodate their possession and use. So far though, the only states to legalize have done so with an allowance for use in a medical/supervised setting. But is this really the most beneficial setting in which to use these compounds, or can it get in the way of true spiritual healing?

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Delta-8 THC vs Delta-9 THC: What Are the Key Differences?

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Delta-8 THC vs Delta-9 THC

For centuries, cannabis has been a widely used substance valued for its psychoactive effects and medicinal properties. Among the many cannabinoids found in cannabis, two of the most prevalent psychoactive compounds today are Delta-8 THC and Delta-9 THC. Despite their similar names, these compounds differ in their chemical makeup, psychoactive effects, medicinal uses, and legal status. What distinguishes Delta-8 THC from Delta-9 THC?

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Colombia Now Has Mandatory Medical Cannabis as a Part of Healthcare

Colombia is instituting medical cannabis as a part of healthcare
Colombia Now Has Mandatory Medical Cannabis as a Part of Healthcare

Columbia ended 2022 on a high note by announcing that medical cannabis is now a mandatory part of their healthcare program. That means that approved, plant-based cannabis products will be covered by insurance, for all residents. Resolution 2808 also added more medical conditions that can be treated with medical cannabis, like: chronic and neuropathic pain, cancer pain, sleep disorders, epilepsy, and fibromyalgia.

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In Which US States is Salvia Illegal?

Salvia regulation in different states
Salvia regulation in different states

Because salvia has managed to mostly fly under the radar with only small windows of popularity over the years, it has managed to uphold a much looser legal structure than other hallucinogenic drugs. At the federal level, it’s actually completely legal. However, several states have implemented some form of legislation to regulate the plant and its products. 

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Do People Consume More Drugs on Blue Monday?

Do People Consume More Drugs on Blue Monday?
Do People Consume More Drugs on Blue Monday?

Monday’s suck, but according to past studies, one particular Monday is worse than the rest. Blue Monday, or the third Monday of January, holds the title of Blue Monday, the worst Monday of the year. An interesting facet to all this, is what happens on Blue Monday, and more specifically, do people use more drugs on that day in order to ease their Monday blues?

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*** The Positives and Negatives of Magic Mushrooms

*** 5 Weirdest ways to Consume Cannabis

*** Salvia: Tricks of Use for the Best Experience

*** The Lowdown On Syria As The New Captagon Narco State

*** Why is Everyone ‘Shelving’ their Drugs?

*** Global Mushrooms Legality

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Introducing Psilomethoxin, Learn About Oneirogen Dream Drugs, How to Use Salvia, and more – The Cannadelics Sunday Edition

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The Cannadelics Sunday Edition (1/29/2023) – Introducing Psilomethoxin, Learn About Oneirogen Dream Drugs, How to Use Salvia, and more!


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This week we’re diving deep into the psychedelics industry. What new compounds are currently in the works? How many states are planning on legalizing entheogens this year? How can you get high in your dreams? Scroll down for these articles and many more!

Bring On the Psychedelics: States Looking to Reform Policy in 2023

Psychedelics reform
Psychedelics reform

A handful of states are in the market of reforming psychedelics laws, and fast. It’s the usual suspects as far as progressive drugs are concerned: Oregon, Colorado, Washington, and California… as well as Connecticut, Illinois, and New York. All these states are working to legalize entheogens in one way or another, during the course of 2023. 

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The Positives and Negatives of Magic Mushrooms

The Positives and Negatives of Magic Mushrooms, dream drugs
The Positives and Negatives of Magic Mushrooms

Magic mushrooms are all over the place, and although they are great for treating numerous mental health conditions (not to mention they can be extremely fun), they’re not for everybody. There are definitely some pros and cons to eating them, and as a responsible shroomer, you should be aware of both, the possible risks as well as your own personal limitations. 

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Meet Psilomethoxin, the Love Child of Psilocybin and 5-MeO-DMT

Meet Psilomethoxin, the Love Child of Psilocybin and 5-MeO-DMT

What do you get when you add 5-MeO-DMT to psilocybin mushroom substrate? You get something pretty amazing… magic mushrooms that grow with DMT instead of psilocybin. But instead of the insanely intense and very short high that you would get from vaping 5-MeO, you get a slightly milder but much longer lasting trip. The compound is known as Psilomethoxin – it’s new, innovative, and federally legal.

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Psychedelic vs Psychoactive – What’s the Difference?

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Psychedelic vs Psychoactive – What’s the Difference?

If you read about drugs often, you’ve probably come across the terms “psychoactive” and “psychedelic” quite frequently. Although many publications use them interchangeably, that is incorrect and there are some key differences between the two. The broadest way to describe it, is that all psychedelic drugs are psychoactive, but not all psychoactive drugs are psychedelic.

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Salvia: Tricks of Use for the Best Experience

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Salvia: Tricks of Use for the Best Experience

When it comes to using drugs, one of the most important aspects (other than access to said drugs in the first place) is knowing how to use them and obtaining the needed accessories. For example, if you have a bag of weed but nothing to smoke it out of, you might as well not even have the weed. Just the same, if you try to smoke shrooms like you would weed, you won’t feel a thing. The same applies to salvia, using it correctly makes all the difference in how the high plays out. 

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Getting High in Your Dreams with Oneirogen Dream Drugs

Oneirogen dream drugs enhance dreams
Oneirogen dream drugs enhance dreams

Have you ever gotten high, then had really insane, trippy dreams when you fell asleep? This is due to what is referred to as “oreiogen drugs” (or dream drugs). Now, ‘this ‘Dream Drugs’, or ‘Oreiogen Drufs’ are not a specific class of drugs in terms of taxonomy, but rather terms used to describe drugs from any class that have the ability to enhance dreams. The word oneiromancy is used to define the idea of interpreting dreams to tell the future. Such drugs have been used in spiritual traditions for thousands of years by different native cultures.

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The Lowdown On Syria As The New Captagon Narco State

Syria is main producer of Captagon
Syria is main producer of Captagon

The middle east isn’t exactly known for drugs and narco activity, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a thriving underground market nontheless. In nations like Saudi Arabia, Siria, Iraq, Turkey, and others, a new amphetamine type of drug is growing in popularity. It’s called captagon… and it’s cheap, potent, and highly addictive.

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5 Weirdest ways to Consume Cannabis

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5 Weirdest ways to Consume Cannabis

The world of cannabis is constantly shifting and changing, and so are the methods that people use to consume it. It is now possible to eat, drink, vape, smoke or even rub into the skin in order to feel the effects of THC. But that is only the beginning. Each year fresh ideas are being thought up by innovators for how cannabis can be consumed. But old and new, what are the weirdest ways to feel the effects of the plant?

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*** Be Like the Persians and Use Your Stoner Logic

*** 5 Weirdest ways to Consume Cannabis

*** Why is Everyone ‘Shelving’ their Drugs?

*** Sally Joins Molly as MDA Gets More Popular

*** What You Need to Know Before Running a Cannabis Business

*** Can You Get High Off Terpenes? Maybe…

*** Counting Sheep: Cannabis Improves Insomnia in Recent Study

*** Getting High in Your Dreams with Oneirogen Dream Drugs

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Salvia: Tricks of Use for the Best Experience

Drugs are fun, sure, but sometimes you have to know how to do things right in order to get the best response. For example, if you eat regular cannabis in fresh form, you won’t get high. Just like if you smoke a magic mushroom, you also won’t get high. Knowing how to use something is just as important as having access to it. And so, here are a list of salvia tips and tricks, to ensure users get it right, and get the most out of it.

What is salvia?

What we call salvia, is actually a broad family of plants which includes well known kitchen ingredients like Salvia rosmarinus, aka rosemary, and Salvia officinalis, aka sage. However, the salvia that we’re talking about is Salvia divinorum, which comes with the particular designation of causing psychoactive effects.

It’s said that Salvia divinorum originated in the cloud forests of the Sierra Mazateca in Oaxaca, Mexico; but it’s also quite possible that it came from somewhere else and was brought to this location by other native tribes. Either way, the  plant flourishes in the moist and shady conditions of that particular climate; though these days its much more ubiquitous and can be found in many different parts of the world, including the US.

Salvia and its cousins like rosemary and sage, all reside in the Lamiaceae mint family. Salvia divinorum can be separated to ‘divinorum’ which comes from the word ‘divination’, and ‘salvia’ or sage. It translates to “diviner’s sage” or “seer’s sage.” Mazatec shamans used it for hundreds of years in spiritual, healing, and divination ceremonies. One use was to induce hallucinations and different states of consciousness. Some native cultures still use it in this way today.  

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It is customary for shamans to use fresh leaves to represent the Virgin Mary. Rituals often start with an invocation to her or other saints; which is done quietly, as its said Mary speaks with a quiet voice. Beyond spiritual use, Salvia has medical benefits, and is known to treat diarrhea, anemia, headaches, rheumatism, ‘swollen belly’, and as a diuretic.

Unlike other plants, like psilocybin mushrooms, opium, or DMT-containing plants, salvia is legal. It was never scheduled federally in the DEA’s Controlled Substances list. This oversight is likely because salvia was simply not known to the US at the time the government went through its flurry of illegalization measures in the latter half of the 1900s. Much like amanita mushrooms, not being in view, meant getting out of illegalization. There are, however, 13 states that did make policies against the plant in some form or another.

Internationally it varies greatly. Some countries like Estonia, Finland, Iceland, and Norway hold it as a medication requiring a prescription.  It’s illegal in a lot of Europe, but not all. In France and Spain, for example, its legal to possess it and grow it, but not sell it. This is true of Chile as well. In Russia, you can have it, but you can’t grow or sell it.

What does it do?

How exactly salvia works is not entirely known. It is known that one of the main active compounds is salvinorin A, which is classified as a diterpenoid. While it causes intense hallucinations, it acts differently than other hallucinogens. This may be in part because of a lack of nitrogen atoms, which separates it from other hallucinogens like psychedelics.

Salvinorin A makes for short trips of approximately 30 minutes to 1.5 hours. It causes the following: sedation (its an oneirogen drug); spatial disorientation; lowering of motor control; analgesia; amnesia; delusions; depersonalization; music appreciation; analysis, language, and memory suppression; uncontrollable laughter; time distortion; slower thinking; hallucinations (auditory and visual); spiritual feelings; feelings of near-death; and connection.

It goes further than this though, also changing how gravity feels, something called ‘salvia gravity;’ by making the user feel like they’ve morphed into something else, or are being stretched in some way; and spontaneous bodily feelings, like pins and needles. Salvia is known for creating very intense experiences.


Salvia tips and tricks for best use

This part is important, because not every entheogenic plant can simply be swallowed down to get the best effects. As stated earlier, swallowing down cannabis will get you a whole lot of nothing in terms of a high, just like lighting up a psilocybin mushroom, or eating an amanita mushroom raw, can cause problems. Likewise, if you eat a DMT plant without the Banisteriopsis caapi vine, you shouldn’t expect an ayahuasca trip, and if you take a bite out of the side of a San Pedro cactus, you’ll not get a mescaline effect. There are ways to do things, and ways not to.

Salvia is no different, and in order to get the best effects, it must be consumed properly. A lot of people will brush salvia off as a nothing drug. I certainly did when I first smoked it, but that’s because it was a long time ago, and I didn’t know what I was doing. In order to help others have a better experience than I did, I’ve put together these salvia tips and tricks, to ensure the best time possible.

Salvia tips and tricks – the smoking method. You can smoke salvia, though this isn’t a preferred method of intake. When smoking, the user is using dried leaves. Something about salvinorin A is that it only gets released with very high temperatures; meaning its better to use a torch lighter which burns hotter. Inhales should be done quickly, with little-to-no time in between. You should hold the lighter above the plant material and bring it down into the material while inhaling.

This is the fastest way to feel effects, which should start within a minute when smoking. Intense effects die down within five minutes with this method, and the entire trip is usually over in a half hour. The smoke should be held in the lungs for a full 20-30 seconds to allow uptake. Exhaling too quickly means absorbing way less salvinorin A. This is where a lot of people go wrong. If you don’t heat it with a high enough temperature, or you don’t hold it in long enough, you might not feel anything at all.

Salvia tips and tricks – the tincture method. The tincture method is one of the more intense ways to use the drug, but as with any tincture making, strength varies depending on preparation. A salvia tincture involves soaking the fresh leaves in a high proof ethyl alcohol, for at least two weeks. How long its left helps determine how strong the end product is.

After soaking the desired amount of time, the plant material is strained out, and the resulting tincture can be administered by the drop. It’s best to start with just one drop in the beginning to test strength, and increase accordingly. Drops should be held under the tongue, as they will not provide effects if immediately swallowed down.

Salvia tea tips
Salvia tea tips

Salvia tips and tricks – the tea method. This is one of the standard and traditional methods for consumption. It requires about 20-80 leaves to make a good tea, which is equal to about 50–200 grams (2–7 oz). The tea can be made in two ways. Either by juicing the leaves and mixing the extract with water. Or to infuse the leaves directly in hot water. Either dried or fresh leaves are usable for tea. Using dry leaves requires approximately 3-4 grams. For an infused tea, the leaves need to be boiled for five minutes, and then the tea cooled for 15.

There’s a trick with drinking the tea. Salvinorin A is destroyed in the gastrointestinal system when swallowed. Uptake must occur not through the digestive tract, but in the mouth. Therefore, keeping it in the mouth is important if a user wants to access all the effects. Each mouthful should be swished around for 15-20 seconds so the blood vessels in the mouth can absorb as much as possible. Drinking it straight down will minimize effects.  

Salvia tips and tricks – the chewing method. Just like tea, this method is not about consuming the leaves, but keeping them in the mouth for a while. Effects come on slower when chewing or making a tea, and can take 10-20 minutes. The Mazatecs actually did swallow down the leaves after chewing for several minutes, but since nothing comes from the swallowed part, this is unnecessary. This is the most time-consuming method, and the slowest one to make a person high, though ingestion this way lasts longer than smoking.

Essentially, the leaves are kept in the mouth as long as possible, and chewed to break down the plant material and release the salvinorin A. Should you quickly chew and swallow the leaves down, don’t expect anything to happen. These days most people spit out the leaves after chewing.

Salvia tips and tricks – the sublingual method – This method is similar to the tea and chewing methods in that it accesses blood vessels in the mouth for its main source of uptake. Like any sublingual administration, it means leaving something (fresh leaves) under the tongue for a couple minutes (or longer) to allow the many blood vessels to pick up the compounds. Technically, the difference between sublingual and both chewing and tea, is that sublingual relies on blood vessels under the tongue, and tea and chewing rely more on the mucous lining of the mouth.


So, there you have it. If you’ve been trying to use salvia and having issues, these tips and tricks should help out. As always, please use responsibly.

Salvia tips and tricks
Salvia tips and tricks

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The Rise of Entheogenic Plants: What They Are, And Changing Policies

The word ‘entheogenic’ might not have been very popular a few years ago, but it’s sure making headlines now. Why? Because more and more US locations are passing legalization and decriminalization measures for entheogenic plants. So what does this word mean? And which plants does it refer to? Read on.

Entheogenic plants – what are they?

The word ‘entheogen’ refers to any substance that can alter perception, mood, behavior, cognitive abilities, and/or consciousness. They are specifically psychoactive substances meant to help spiritual development, in some kind of religious or sacred way. Throughout history, such substances have been employed for religious, magical, shamanic, healing, or spiritual traditions, all over the globe.

Entheogens are used to drive forward different traditional practices meant to bring a person to a higher spiritual level. These include but are not limited to: meditation, yoga, healing, prayer, and divination. Psychedelics are one of the more popular forms of entheogens, but we’re not looking at all entheogens right now, and not all psychedelics qualify. What we’re specifically looking at is entheogenic plants, meaning this no longer includes synthetically made entheogens like LSD or MDMA.

The term ‘entheogen’ came about in 1979 by some ethnobotanists and mythology academics. It comes from the combination of two words from Ancient Greek: éntheos and genésthai. The former translates to “full of the god, inspired, possessed,” and is where we get the word ‘enthusiasm.’ While the latter translates to “to come into being.”

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Put together, and it translates to the idea of being inspired; whether for greater spiritual understanding, personal growth, or something else related. The word ‘entheogen’ is sometimes confused for the words ‘psychedelic’, and ‘hallucinogen’, but its not exactly either, though it can encompass drugs of those specifications.

The term ‘entheogen’ is not more specific than this, partly because its not an actual part of nomenclature. Rather, it’s a broad term that can be used in different ways. Since it implies any psychoactive substance used for spiritual purposes, or some kind of personal development; it refers to many different substances, and personal opinions on whats included, can vary.

Some publications list entheogenic plants as plants with psychedelic properties alone. Other publications look at in terms of drugs used specifically in rituals. Regardless of exactly how you want to break it down, an entheogen is a plant with psychoactive effects, that’s used in some kind of traditional practice of spirituality or healing.

The most common plants that find their way into this definition include DMT, mescaline, psilocybin mushrooms, amanita mushrooms, iboga, and Salvia divanorum. But it can also include plants like kava, datura, and plants like African Dream Herb which is in a class called oneirogens, which are characterized by a dreamy state of consciousness.

Entheogenic plants in recent legislation

As hallucinogenic substances (often lumped together under the heading ‘psychedelics’) gain popularity, we see this reflected in new legislative measures that have already passed in different locations; which have been proposed, but didn’t make their way through; or are currently in the system. Different locations define what they want to legalize or decriminalize differently, but more and more often, there’s a designation specifically for entheogenic plants.

Right now, Colorado stands as the best example for changing legislation regarding entheogenic plants. In the November 2022 elections, the people of Colorado voted on Proposition 122, which passed with 53.64% of the voting public saying yes, meaning 1,296,992votes. 46.36% of the voting public – 1,121,124 votes – didn’t want this change.

Entheogens (ayahuasca)

The bill is called the Decriminalization, Regulated Distribution, and Therapy Program for Certain Hallucinogenic Plants and Fungi Initiative. This new law defines certain plants containing psychoactive and entheogenic compounds, as natural medicines, including DMT, ibogaine, mescaline (excluding peyote), psilocybin, and psilocin. The measure does not mention the word entheogen, but that’s exactly what it’s talking about.

It decriminalizes the personal possession, use, transport, and cultivation of the plants with the compounds mentioned above, so long as the user is 21 or above. It also creates the Regulated Natural Medicine Access Program which is to be an industry of regulated healing centers where these compounds will be administered as natural medicines.

Incidentally, as a showing of how much Colorado is in support of hallucinogens, it passed HB 1344, which was signed into law June 8th of 2022. This first-of-its-kind law pre-emptively legalized the medical use of MDMA, but is contingent on the federal government passing a legalization measure first, before it becomes valid. MDMA, however, as a synthetic drug, is not considered an entheogenic plant.

Did Oregon legalize entheogenic plants?

Oregon became the very first state to legalize a previously illegal entheogenic plant, when it put Measure 109 before its people, called the Psilocybin Mushroom Services Program Initiative. 55.75% of voters were all for this change, while 44.25% of voters were a bit more hesitant. This measure was not as well defined as Colorado’s upon the vote, and it wasn’t until 2022 that some things became clear. Although one point that was clear at voting time, was that this only applied to magic mushrooms.

When draft rules finally came out, they stipulated that not only is it only magic mushrooms allowed, but limited it to only one species: Psilocybe cubensis. Colorado, much like Oregon, is looking to set up treatment centers where the drugs can be given as natural medicine. Only, it seems Colorado is more geared to doing this medicinally, and Oregon doesn’t make that stipulation. How much Colorado allows ‘spiritual’ and ‘medical’ to overlap, is hard to say at the moment.

Colorado decriminalized the use of these plants as well for adults. Oregon did likewise through a different ballot measure called Measure 110, which decriminalized the personal possession of controlled substances, bringing them down to a class E violation which comes with no more than $100 in fines. Between Oregon’s two measures, and Colorado’s one, they do provide similar overage, with Colorado going just a bit farther for what it will offer in treatment centers. In neither state was a full recreational legalization made.

Entheogenic plants like peyote
Entheogenic plants like peyote

Where else is there legislation for entheogenic plants?

Different individual locations within the US have passed decriminalization measures for different hallucinogenic substances. These vary between locations in exactly what they permit. One of the more recent additions was San Francisco. In September 2022 its Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution which doesn’t make a legal change, but which does instruct law enforcement to put possession and use of the included plants as the lowest priority for arrest. And it does specifically define them as entheogenic.

The resolution, called Supporting Entheogenic Plant Practices (resolution 220896), decriminalizes the “full spectrum of plants, fungi, and natural materials that can inspire personal and spiritual well-being.” It even stipulates that this covers “planting, cultivating, purchasing, transporting, distributing, engaging in practices with” these plants. This decriminalization does nothing to limit punishment for drugs like LSD and MDMA.

Seattle did something similar in October 2022, also not making it fully legal, but passing a resolution which states “that the investigation, arrest, and prosecution of anyone engaging in entheogen-related activities should be among The City of Seattle’s lowest law enforcement priorities and stating the Council’s support for full decriminalization of these activities.”

Detroit also went the way of specifically decriminalizing entheogenic plants. Voter measure Proposal E, which was voted in on November 2nd, 2021, asked the question: “Shall the voters of the City of Detroit adopt an ordinance to the 2019 Detroit City Code that would decriminalize to the fullest extent permitted under Michigan law the personal possession and therapeutic use of Entheogenic Plants by adults and make the personal possession and therapeutic use of Entheogenic Plants by adults the city’s lowest law-enforcement priority?” The city responded yes with 61.08% of the voting population onboard with this.

On a state level, Michigan attempted to legalize some hallucinogens, but the bill was defeated last spring. California also attempted a psychedelics legalization, but the bill tanked out as well. It has, however, come back, introducing Senate Bill 58 in December which would “decriminalize the possession and personal use of certain psychedelic drugs.” These include “psilocybin, psilocyn, Dimethyltryptamine (“DMT”), mescaline (excluding peyote), and ibogaine.”

Washington also had a failed bill to legalize psychedelics, and is also already back in the saddle with the “Psilocybin Services Wellness and Opportunity Act” which was introduced on January 11th, 2023. The bill aims to “facilitate the establishment of safe, legal, and affordable psilocybin service centers to provide citizens of Washington who are at least 21 years of age with opportunities for supported psilocybin experiences for wellness and personal growth.”

Salvia flowers
Salvia flowers


The term ‘entheogens’ includes many different substances. Many of these substances, particularly of the entheogenic plant variety, are now making their way to decriminalized or legal status; as hallucinogens in general rise in popularity.

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Why Salvia Never Caught On – And Will It in the Future? 

Salvia is an incredibly potent, plant-based psychedelic that is federally legal in the United States (as well as most other countries), it’s cheap, and can be found at smoke shops and headshops across the nation. If it’s so strong and easily accessible, how come the trend of smoking salvia never caught on? And is that set to change in the future? Let’s take a closer look.

What is Salvia? 

Salvia divinorum – also known as seer’s sage, yerba de la pastora, magic mint, or just salvia – is one of the most potent (by mass), naturally-occurring, plant-based psychedelics in the world. It has been used for centuries by Mazatec shamans and continues to be utilized for medicinal and spiritual purposes in numerous areas of the Latin America. However, it’s native to the Sierra Mazateca region of Oaxaca, Mexico. The name, Salvia divinorum translates to “sage of the diviners” in Latin.  

Salvia is one of 3,500 members of the mint family, so it has many physical traits similar to other plants in that classification. The plant can grow to a height of over 3 feet, and is characterized by square, hollow stems, large, flat leaves, and white flowers with violet calyxes. Apparently, botanists have yet to conclude whether Salvia is a hybrid or cultigen because native plants rarely produce viable seeds, they typically reproduce vegetatively.  

The active ingredient in Saliva is a structurally unique diterpenoid compound known as salvinorin A, which is a potent K-opioid agonist. This is unique for a plant that produces hallucinations, as most act on our serotonin receptors. It has not been studied extensively in any type of clinical setting, but early research indicates that it is has a relatively good safety profile and low toxicity, since the effects are so transient.  

Once more, salvia is very powerful, and a drug that should be respected. For some people, the Salvia experience can be extremely uncomfortable, unpleasant, and disorienting, but it can also be spiritual, mind-expanding, and very introspective. Like with all other potent psychedelics, it’s of utmost importance to approach the drug with an optimistic yet responsible mindset. 

How to consume it 

Smoking – Many people’s initial decent into the crazy world of the salvia high, is by smoking a bowl of it. As a matter of fact, for most people I’ve spoken to (myself included), smoking is the only way they’ve done salvia. Smoking it, in and of itself, amplifies the experience tremendously. According to those who work with the plant in therapeutic and ceremonial contexts, saliva is a “water spirit” and fire aggravates her, so when you smoke it, she “pulls her claws out”, which is said to be the reason behind the intense trips when smoking it. However, when consumed in more traditional methods (like through quidding, which I will explain in more detail below), she “puts her claws away”, and high is much more positive, euphoric, and mellow.  

Quidding – A salvia quid is prepared by stacking fresh or hydrated dry leaves, which all the trichomes in between the leaves like a type of salvia sandwich. Then you simply chew the quid until the trichomes are broken down and the salvinorin A is released. Although this is the traditional way to consume salvia, it does make for a much weaker high, so to remedy this, I have read about some people opting for a “swish and swallow” technique, which sort of takes quidding to a new level by taking the trichomes, rupturing them, mixing the resin with some finely powdered leaf, and swishing the concoction around in your mouth. After a few minutes, swallow and you should be good to go.  

Extract – Another way to use salvia, like most other plant-based entheogens, is by making a simple extract which you can mix with a beverage or use sublingually. This is typically done using acetone, but I personally have never made an extract of any type so this is not my area of expertise.  

The salvia experience 

For me, the salvia experience was really interesting. Neither good nor bad, yet very intense. I’ve tried a few separate times, but my most notable memory with it is the time my best friend and I tried. We were both sitting on the couch and I packed an average sized bowl for us to share, we each got 2 or 3 decent hits and away we went. At that point, we weren’t really “together” mentally anymore. Both of us were having some trippy out of body experiences and at times it felt like I was just existing there, floating in some unfamiliar world.  

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I remember Seinfeld was playing on my TV, and anytime I looked at the screen it felt like I was instantly transported into the Seinfeld universe, like I was part of their group hanging out in the living room with them. Then I would look over at my friend and immediately snap back into reality, still tripping, but remembering where I was and that I smoked Salvia. After a while of bouncing back and forth between the TV world and my world, I decided to step outside for a change of scenery and to smoke a cigarette and ground myself a bit (I smoked back then), and my friend joined me. Shortly after walking out on my patio we quickly came down from the strange high.  

All that said, the whole adventure only lasted about 15 minutes, which is pretty standard for salvia when it’s smoked. Most people I’ve spoken to, read about, or witnessed myself, shared similar stories. A short but powerful high, that was neither pleasant or unpleasant, with some dissociation, mild hallucinations, and out of body experiences.  

However, for some people, a salvia trip can be a rather scary ordeal, and I’ve seen this happen myself. One night, a few friends of mine gathered at my apartment to smoke some weed and salvia. There were about six of us total, we smoked a blunt, then each took a couple hits of salvia. Everyone reacted as expected except for one guy, who went totally off his rocker. He was running around my apartment, yelling at and trying to fight with inanimate objects, laughing hysterically then almost immediately after bursting into tears, falling over stuff and almost hurting himself, and so on… you get the idea.  

Not only was his reaction so completely off-the-wall, but it lasted for about 45 minutes! It seemed like a terrifying experience for him, and quite frankly, it was pretty terrifying for the rest of us too. When he came to, he barely had any recollection of what happened. We all look back at it now and laugh, but it really turned all of us off to the idea of smoking salvia for fun.  

It really goes to show how personalized drug experiences can be. As far as we all knew, he hadn’t taken any other substances that night (aside from weed which we all smoked) and he didn’t smoke more salvia than anyone else around him. But he had a relatively extreme, negative, and long-lasting trip, which is most people’s worst fear when experimenting with new recreational drugs.  

Legality and popularity, and why the salvia trend never picked up 

Currently, it seems that salvia is keeping a low profile. Maybe due in part to the fact that more than half the states have banned its sale, so it’s not that easy to get anymore. But I remember about a decade ago, give or take, there was surge in salvia experimentation among teens and young adults, as evidenced by headlines like this one from a 2008 ABC News report, asking if “salvia is the next marijuana?”  

The states acted swiftly against it. Although Salvia is still not federally regulated under the Controlled Substances Act, 29 states have made laws banning it entirely, while numerous others have age restrictions for its purchase. The states where salvia remains legal across the board are: Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Massachusetts, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia. The states that have placed age restrictions on salvia are: California, Maine, and Maryland. And in Rhode Island, salvia extract is legal but raw plant material is not. In any state not listed above, it’s illegal.  

Growing up in California, one of the states that still allows people over the age of 21 to purchase it from head shops, it was something most of my friends had experimented with at least once or twice, but not a drug that people seemed to use regularly. In all fairness, everyone who I’ve spoken to smoked it, and since we now know that intensifies the experience and is more likely to lead to bad trips, it makes sense why most people seem averse to it after a couple tries. And this could be another reason why it hasn’t caught on in popularity like other recreational substances.  

Final thoughts

Salvia is a very interesting substance, and one that is much more intense than I believe most people realize. Weird experiences are common, especially when it’s smoked, but when used in a traditional fashion the high is said to be blissful and healing. There are many reasons why it hasn’t caught on in popularity yet, but that can always change in the future, and it probably will.

What are your experiences with salvia? Did you smoke it, quid it, or make an extract? Was it a good or bad high? Drop us a line in the comment section below, we love to hear from our readers!

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Salvia – The Legal Hallucinogen: What It Is, And How to Use It

There are tons of options in terms of plants that can get you high and give hallucinogenic experiences, though we in America are most familiar with what is found easily here. Since we’re not familiar with plants that are newer to America, or seen less, sometimes an interesting drug gets through without the regulation that others face. Such is the case with salvia, the legal hallucinogen that’ll sure get you high.

Salvia has been around for a long time, and is one of the many plants out there that can make you hallucinate. However, unlike others, it’s federally legal. This news source is comprehensive and independent, sharing the biggest stories in the worlds of cannabis, psychedelics, and beyond. We provide the Cannadelics Weekly Newsletter so readers stay informed, as well as to give access to a ton of deals on all kinds of products from vapes and smoking devices, to edibles and cannabinoid compounds including the uber-popular Delta 8 & HHC. Check out our ‘best of’ lists for more info, and please make purchases for the products you feel most comfortable using.

What is salvia?

There are a ton of compounds that cause hallucinations, from psychedelics like psilocybin and LSD, to dissociative like ketamine, to poisonous mushrooms like Amanita muscaria (fly agaric). There are so many, that the majority aren’t known to the general population, as they may not grow universally, or be a part of a local tradition. The general population knows about the most popular of these compounds, and even the known-about names vary in just how popular they are with the public.

Salvia is one of the better-known hallucinogens out there, but it doesn’t have the name value as other compounds like DMT, psilocybin, MDMA, LSD, or mescaline. Salvia is found all over the place now, making it more commonplace for Americans, but it originated in Mexico, quite specifically in Oaxaca in the Sierra Mazateca cloud forests, as the plant enjoys shady and moist growing conditions. In terms of its popularity, a recent US survey turned up that approximately 5% of the population had tried it (though the study admittedly worked off a very small sample).

Salvia divinorum is a species of salvia, along with the oft used Salvia officinalis, or sage. Both of these salvias reside in the Lamiaceae mint family, along with many others including Salvia rosmarinus, which most know as the herb Rosemary. Salvia divinorum is one of several salvia species that cause a psychoactive response, complete with hallucinations. This is done through the main psychoactive compound salvinorin A.

How did it get the name Salvia divinorum? ‘Divinorum’ is related to the word ‘divination’, which then translates to “diviner’s sage” or “seer’s sage.” Albert Hofmann, the same guy who brought us LSD, and who was one of the first to study this plant, took issue with this name, saying it translated to “Salvia of the ghosts”, and should be Salvia divinatorum, which translates to “Salvia of the priests.” Due to priority rules in botanical literature, it’s listed under the former name.

Salvia divinorum flowers

Salvia, much like other psychoactive plants, was used by Mazatec shamans for centuries as a tool for spiritual healing or divination, in which they would use the salvia to bring on altered states of consciousness and visual hallucinations. It’s still used for these purposes today by native communities. Shamans are known to use the fresh leaves of the plant as an embodiment of the Virgin Mary, and rituals generally start with an invocation to her as well as other saints. Salvia is used in quiet places, since its said that Mary speaks with a quiet voice.

Apart from ceremonial uses, salvia is used in lower doses to treat diarrhea, anemia, headaches, rheumatism, as a diuretic, and to treat ‘swollen belly’, which is considered a semi-magical disease. Interestingly, where salvia actually started is not known. While it might be indigenous to the Sierra Mazateca, its also possible it was brought over by some other indigenous tribe, with no for-sure answer as to when its use began.

Also interesting, salvia, much like amanita mushrooms, was never illegalized in the US, probably because it wasn’t widely available in the US when such laws were made. Other countries, including a lot of Europe, hold the plant as illegal. Some places like Estonia, Finland, Iceland, and Norway treat it as a medicine that requires a prescription; some places like Russia, allow possession but not sale; and in yet other places like Chile, France and Spain, possession and cultivation are legal, but its sale is not. While its not on the Controlled Substances list in America, 13 states created legislation to ban it.

What does Salvinorin A do?

Salvinorin A is the main psychoactive constituent of Salvia divinorum. The compound is classified as a diterpenoid, a form of terpenoid. It is structurally different than other hallucinogenic compounds like psilocybin and mescaline, and doesn’t have the same mode of action as classic psychedelics in general, which exert their biggest force on serotonin receptors. One of the differentiating factors is the lack of nitrogen atoms, leading to its designation as a terpenoid. This is different from nearly all other hallucinogens, which contain nitrogen atoms.

Salvinorin A is most active at κ-opioid receptors (kappa), where it acts as a potent agonist, forcing the sites to fire more. It has no effect on the serotonin receptors (5-HT2A) that psychedelics use to potentiate a response. It also has no function at NMDA receptors that a dissociative like ketamine binds to. It doesn’t even act like a regular opioid agonist, as most target μ-opioid receptors (mu), and salvinorin A works on κ-opioid receptors.

The compound exerts force in other places as well, most notably D2 receptors, which are dopamine receptors. It’s thought that these bindings could be partially responsible for the hallucinatory effects. Salvinorin A doesn’t produce long trips, and most last from 30 minutes to 1.5 hours. Overall, it hasn’t been studied as thoroughly as other hallucinogenic compounds, so its exact abilities and modes of action are still under investigation.

How does a user feel on salvia?

In terms of subjective effects, salvia users can expect some of the following when using this compound. These effects vary from standard psychedelic effects, which makes sense as they affect the brain differently:

Sedation; spatial disorientation; loss of motor control; analgesic effects; amnesia; delusions; depersonalization; increased music appreciation; suppression of analysis, language, and memory; laughing fits; time distortion; slower thinking; auditory and visual distortions and hallucinations; enhanced feelings of spirituality; what feel like near-death experiences; and feelings of connectedness.

Salvia divinorum chemistry
Salvia divinorum chemistry

Then there are a few others effects which deserve a little more explanation. The first is changes in how gravity feels. In fact, this is a major part of a salvia trip, and is often known as ‘salvia gravity’. This is a part of pretty much any salvia trip, though the feeling is more intense at higher doses. Essentially, it makes a user feel heavier and heavier at first, and then leads to a feeling of being lifted up and out of the body and traveling over distances. This creates a feeling of being pushed or pulled into a space, and isn’t experienced with psychedelics.

Another interesting effect, which often goes with the previously mentioned effect, is in making the user feel like there’s a change in their bodily form. As strange a concept as it is, it means the user feels like they’re being physically stretched in some ongoing and never-ending way, creating two halves, either vertically or horizontally. Some users feel as if they’ve transformed into an inanimate object. It should be mentioned that none of this is painful to the user. It does, however, sound a lot like ketamine, and dissociatives in general. Ketamine is known for attaching to mu, kappa, and delta opioid receptors, making that kappa bind a likely similarity between the two.

A third interesting effect, is that users experience spontaneous bodily sensations. This is less common, and can result in discomfort, as it can bring on a sensation of pins intensely pricking the skin. Overall, it involves different sensations occurring all over the body without a trigger, making the feelings very random. It is usually felt as some sort of tingling sensation.

Whereas classical psychedelics are associated with experiencing profound insights into oneself and the universe at large, salvia isn’t known for this, although it is associated with intense encounters. Though its use in traditional cultures does imply a strong spiritual aspect, this compound is best described as a drug that does not promote deep personal insights, but simply creates potent and enthralling experiences.

Salvia, like most drugs, can come with negative effects as well. Besides strong feelings of confusion, salvia can cause anxiety, paranoia, and panic, which is thought to be related to it being a κ-opioid agonist. It can bring on feelings of impending doom, cognitive dysphoria, and the previously mentioned feelings of physical discomfort, like being pricked by needles.

Another thing to consider is that since salvia doesn’t work well when going through the digestive tract, sometimes effects aren’t felt at all, which is kind of the opposite. In these cases, its best to remember that it should be kept in the mouth longer when using a tea or chewing leaves. Without doing that, it might seem like salvia has no effects at all.

How to use salvia

The tea method – One of the more traditional methods of consumption is as a tea. When extracting the juice from fresh leaves, it requires about 20-80 leaves. This equals about 50–200 grams (2–7 oz). This is mixed with water to make a tea, or directly infused in the water to make the tea. With dried leaves, about 3-4 grams are used. To make the tea, the leaves are boiled for five minutes, and allowed to cool for 15. Each mouthful of tea must be kept in the mouth for 15-20 seconds so uptake occurs through the blood vessels of the mouth, as it won’t do anything once swallowed.

The chewing method – A person can also just chew a number of leaves. This makes effects come on slower, taking 10-20 minutes. By themselves, the leaves produce no effect when eaten, because the salvinorin A is deactivated in the gastrointestinal system. Instead, the leaves are held in the mouth as long as possible so the compounds are taken in through oral mucosa, just like with the tea.

Salvia divinorum formula
Salvia divinorum formula

This is similar to sublingual administration which involves putting a compound under the tongue to access the large array of blood vessels therein. The difference is that one relies on blood vessels under the tongue, and the other on the mucous lining of the mouth. When doing it this way, the leaves are spit out after chewing, and the effects last longer than smoking.

The smoking method – A user can also smoke the leaves, in which case they need way less. Leaves are dried when smoked, and since salvinorin A only gets released at very high temperatures of 240 °C (464 °F) or more, its even recommended to use a very strong flame, like a torch lighter. However, smoking dried leaves often doesn’t produce much effect, and in place of smoking regular leaves, many people smoke concentrates and extracts instead. When smoking leaves, effects come on within a minute, and only last 1-5 minutes intensely, and about 20-30 minutes overall. This is how much to smoke to access different levels of high:

  • Light – 0.25 grams dried leaves
  • Intermediate 0.5 grams dried leaves
  • Heavy 0.75–1.00 grams dried leaves

The tincture method – Things change over time, and now there are newer methods for salvia consumption. Though many still smoke or chew leaves, the use of tinctures has become much more popular. This (along with other concentrate methods) is the most intense way to use salvia, but the strength varies depending on the tincture. As with any tincture, a salvia tincture is made by soaking the leaves in a high proof ethyl alcohol, generally for at least two weeks. After soaking, the plant material is strained out, and the tincture can be administered in drops.


Salvia is an interesting hallucinogen because it doesn’t act like more common hallucinogens. And it comes with the positive of being federally legal. Though this could change; since the population of the US is becoming more accepting of entheogenic drugs and psychedelics in general, the idea of it being illegalized on a federal level now, is very unlikely to happen (though not impossible).

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Poll States 28% of Americans Have Tried At Least One Psychedelic Substance

The poll asked 1,000 adults to answer questions online between July 22-25, which revealed that 28% of Americans have used at least one of the seven psychedelic drugs included in the questionnaire. In order of most used to least used, the list of substances included LSD (14% of participants), psilocybin (13%), MDMA (9%), ketamine (6%), DMT (6%), and salvia (5%).

The poll notes that psychedelic acceptance is increasing, and more legislation is being proposed. “Recent shifts, both in policy and public opinion, suggest the tide in the United States may be turning toward increasingly favoring psychedelic drugs,” YouGov states. “In the past few years, a number of cities across the U.S., such as Oakland, California, have decriminalized psilocybin, also known as psychedelic mushrooms. This November, Coloradans will vote on whether to legalize the drug state-wide, and by January 2023, Oregon is expected to begin allowing its use for mental-health treatment in supervised settings.”

According to the poll, 42% percent of those who have tried psychedelics at least once have a family income of $100,000 or more, while only 34% have an income of $50,000 to $100,000, and 23% reported having an income of $50,000 or less. Forty-two percent also said they had earned a postgraduate degree, with 26% having graduated with an undergraduate degree, and 24% who have a high school degree or less.

In terms of age, 39% of participants who have tried psychedelics range between 30-44 years old, whereas 35% range between 18-29 years of age, and only 14% were over 65. Thirty-four percent of participants who have tried a substance identified as men, while 22% identified as women.

Regionally, the pattern of acceptance follows areas that have enacted psychedelics-related legislation. Thirty-seven percent of participants who have tried substances live in the western United States, with 34% in the Northeast, 23% in the South (other regions were not specified). Those who have experimented with psychedelics often live in cities (36%), compared to those who live in suburbs (26%), and rural areas (19%).

Other categories of definition explored people from different religions, those who live in other regions of the country, age, and other identifiers such as “very conservative,” “conservative” or “liberal.” The poll data shows that those who are liberal, which is defined by the 52% of participants, said that they have tried at least one psychedelic drug.

However, many of the participants still showed opposition to decriminalizing of some of these substances. Forty-four percent oppose decriminalization of psilocybin, 53% oppose decriminalizing LSD, and 53% oppose MDMA decriminalization. Overall, those who have tried one of these substances are more likely to agree that it should be decriminalized. “And while support for legalizing psychedelic drugs is relatively low among Americans overall, it’s much higher among people who have personal experiences with the substances—especially in the case of people who have used mushrooms.”

Those who have tried these substances also expressed support for medical initiatives that promote psychedelics as a medical treatment. “Recently proposed bipartisan amendments to the annual National Defense Authorization Act, suggested by Reps. Dan Crenshaw and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, relax federal restrictions on research into psychedelic-assisted post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatment for veterans,” YouGov wrote. When participants were asked about their support of research such as that initiative, 54% said they supported it and 18% said they were opposed. Sixty-three percent of those who hold a college degree supported research efforts for at least one psychedelic drug, but 49% of those without a college degree also support research. Sixty percent of participants who aligned as Democrat said they were more likely to favor psychedelic research, versus 54% of Independents and 45% of Republicans.

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The New Rise of Medical Psychedelics

As the battle for cannabis legalization continues globally, the re-acquaintance to its medical use has reopened the door for other drugs that have also been labeled as narcotics, or scheduled so that people have no access to their medical benefits. One of the major classes of drugs that has shown great promise therapeutically, is psychedelics. With a greater level of liberal acceptance, there has been a recent rise in the medical use of psychedelics.

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What are psychedelics?

A psychedelic is a drug containing psychoactive compounds capable of altering a person’s mood, perception and cognition. This can include naturally occurring and man-made substances. Examples of psychedelics include: mescaline, which can be found in San Pedro cactus and peyote; DMT, one of the main ingredients in ayahuasca; LSD; and psilocybin, which is what makes magic mushrooms so magical.

Psychedelics are known to produce life-altering experiences, wherein the user can find insights into life and consciousness. It are these attributes that have been the main instigator for the recent rise in research of medical psychedelics.

Psychedelics, much like cannabis (which is technically a psychedelic), occur naturally in different plants around the globe, and have been used for millennia in different ceremonial, religious, and medical practices throughout history. Unlike cannabis, they were not all outlawed together in one sweeping move, but rather, became illegalized over time. In the US, the criminalization of psychedelics started in 1968 with the Staggers-Dodd bill which specifically illegalized LSD and psilocybin.

The word itself, ‘psychedelics’, was first used in 1957 to recognize substances that were said to open the mind, however, the more scientific term for them is ‘entheogens’. This term was adopted less to be scientific, however, and more to allow the field to operate without the stigma attached to psychedelics from the smear campaigns of the 1960’s. The term entheogen comes from Greek where it means ‘building the god within’.


History of illegalization

When it comes to the illegalization of cannabis, it is becoming understood more widely that there was more to it than a fear for public safety. The entire movement to illegalize was spearheaded in the government by Harry Anslinger, with media giant William Randolph Heart pushing the anti-hemp movement from outside, in an effort to kill the enemy of his paper industry.

Some might see it as a similar manner of business, when psychedelics were demonized in the 60’s and70’s, as when cannabis was in the 1930’s onward. In the case of psychedelics, much of the news, controversy, and general story around them, took place during the Vietnam war, and served as a good distraction from the horrible ridiculousness of that mess and the unnecessary violence and deaths that came from it. Think about what actually came out of that war. The nothingness that was accomplished in the face of the massive death toll that was taken. How easy is it to get your population to go along with such antics? And would focusing on the truth of it have made it a harder sell?

In 1970, the US congress passed the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act which enforced stricter measures for pharmaceutical companies, requiring stringent reporting, and better security of drug stocks. These aren’t bad things, of course, but they led to the current model of drug scheduling, which has, essentially and with much bias, ruled many drugs out.

The Single Convention on Narcotic Substances is a treaty that was formed out of international discussions concerning drug controls in 1970. This was followed up with the Convention on Psychotropic Substances in 1971, a similar treaty which also orders drugs into classes based on their potential level of harm and usefulness. In both treaties, schedule I is associated with the most dangerous drugs with no medical benefit, but a high addiction possibility, and schedule IV denotes safer drugs with medical purpose. Psychedelics took the schedule I spot in 1970, ruling out their use as medicines.

Putting psychedelics in this scheduling category seems to have been the result of industry issues, much like with cannabis. During the discussions for the treaties, bigger and more developed countries with bigger and more developed pharmaceutical industries, pushed for the illegalization of these natural compounds, whereas countries with less development, and which didn’t have competing industries, were not for their illegalization. As with cannabis, the bigger, stronger countries won out, and forced these decisions on everyone else.

In fact, in 1994, John Ehrlichman, the Assistant to the President for Domestic Affairs under Nixon, made this statement about the war on drugs that was fought under Nixon, highlighting an alternate reason for pushing anti-drug measures at that time:

“The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”

And then it got worse. In 1984, President Ronald Reagan’s administration put out the Comprehensive Crime Control Act, which allowed for emergency banning of drugs by the government. This was put into effect the following year when the subject of MDMA came up, and was used to immediately illegalize it. And this despite a judge’s decision to schedule it as Schedule III, and allow it for medical use. This action entirely stymied any research progress into the drugs, and slowed the rise of medical psychedelics to a halt.

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Psychedelics in history

As with anything else, putting together the history of psychedelic use in antiquity, is dependent on ancient texts, findings, and rituals. While there is a current rise in the use of medical psychedelics, this does not imply that they were used for the same exact purpose back then, as they are today.

One of the interesting finds related to psychedelics, is the discovery of a pouch in southwestern Bolivia, dated to a thousand years ago. The pouch contains traces of several psychedelic compounds including harmine and DMT (dimethyltryptamine) which denote the use of ayahuasca, bufotenine (from toad skin), and psilocin – another psychedelic constituent of magic mushrooms. The pouch also contained traces of cocaine and its metabolite benzoylecgonine, which would have likely come from coca leaves.

The discovery came from the Sora River Valley. The pouch – made of three fox snouts – was part of the contents of a leather bag, which mass spectrometry carbon dating has put between the years of 900-1100 CE. It is thought that because of the dating period, that the pouch likely belonged to a member of the Tiwanaku, which pre-dated the Incas. The use of ayahuasca denotes the earliest evidence of it that has been physically found.

The reason this part is interesting is because the two compounds that were found that ayahuasca is made from, come from two separate plants that work in combination to produce the effects. This means that the ancient population this comes from, was putting two plants together to gain a psychoactive effect that wouldn’t be felt if they were used on their own. Another interesting aspect of the find is that the plants used to make ayahuasca were not from that area, so whoever procured them, had to go out and find them somewhere else.

Other findings

According to this study, Mayan culture is associated with the drinking of balché, a drink consisting of Lonchocarpus bark extracts that create a mildly intoxicating effect, which is strengthened through the use of honey. This was used in group ceremonies to reach intoxication. Peyote for mescaline, hallucinogenic mushrooms for psylocibin, and ololiuhqui seeds for lysergic acid amide (a precursor to LSD), were used by the Mayans, Aztecs, Olmecs, and Zapotecs.

During the period when the Olmecs were around, it was also customary to use bufotoxins which come from the skin of the Bufo spp. toad. At the same time, wild tobacco, Jimson weed, Salvia divinorum, and water lily were used for psychoactive effects. And while the exact use is arguable, mushroom stones dating back to 3,000 BC have been found in the Mesoamerican region in religious/ritual contexts which could indicate the use of mushrooms that far back. Archeological evidence of the use of peyote goes back as far as 5,000 years.

Mesoamerica isn’t the only location where psychedelic remains have been found. Researchers into psychedelic use in the near-East have turned up botanical remains in the form of residues, pollen, fibers and fiber impressions, and carbonized seeds. Where were they found? Traces of Blue Water Lily extract, a potent narcotic plant, were found in none other than Tutonkamen’s tomb from the 14th century BC. And in the late bronze age temple Kamid el-Loz in Lebanon, a storage jar containing 10 liters of Viper’s Bugloss was found, which is a very strong hallucinogen.

Things to consider…

One thing to take into account, is that there is a great amount of controversy over whether something like the use of ayahuasca can actually be traced back through history, with a lot of evidence pointing to confusing stories that come more from Western tourism, than actual history. Researchers into the topic have continually found a mesh of newer ideologies masquerading as old-school folklore as a means to sell a product. In fact, the whole idea of how ayahuasca is used today to treat mental illness, is not how it seems to have been used in history, when shamans took it to contact the supernatural, and battle evil beings.

psychedelic toad

Does this mean that psychedelics weren’t used in history? Of course not, but it does shed light on the idea that what we consider real history, might have been altered because of tourism. It should also be remembered that there are a lot of kinds of psychedelics that would have factored into different cultures and time periods. For example, the aforementioned study into hallucinogenic drug use in pre-Colombian Mesoamerica, which has findings based on archeological, ethno-historical, and ethnographic evidence, found plenty of indication of hallucinogenic drug use in that area, for that time period.

Rise of medical psychedelics

There is quite a bit of medical research into psychedelics, as well as historical evidence to its uses, going back thousands of years. According to the more recent medical research, psychedelics have shown a possible ability to aid in depression, PTSD, and with addictions. It should be remembered that cannabis itself is considered a psychedelic drug, with research into a multitude of categories including: insomnia, depression, neurodegenerative diseases, spastic disorders, inflammatory diseases and so on.

Psychedelics have not just been touted as a treatment for different mental illness. They have shown strength in dealing with neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, and have even shown possibility in treating autoimmune disorders. If these benefits prove consistent over time, it will likely help boost the current rise in medical psychedelics.

However, despite all the relevant research into the useful benefits of these compounds, the DEA has continuously rejected information, and stood in the way of scientific progress. Kind of makes a person wonder what the agency is even there for. The report highlighted found that the DEA has continuously slowed down scheduling decisions, while increasing speed on banning drugs, in order to restrict all access.

It took an entire 30 years in all to respond to requests to reschedule marijuana, with gaps of 16 years, five, and nine in between requests and responses. The DEA even overruled its own judge to illegalize MDMA by putting it in schedule I. This, of course, has never gotten in the way of military testing of these compounds, which seems to be perfectly okay with the same agency.


With cannabis opening the door into the medical (and recreational) use of drugs like marijuana, the rise in medical psychedelics is sure to keep going. Just like with cannabis, it will likely be found over time, that the notions we have related to these drugs are way more attached to long-lasting smear campaigns, than the actual dangers they pose. And that just like cannabis, they can offer incredible medical benefits that have been suppressed for quite some time now.

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