Disney on Salvia
Interest in Salvia Divinorum is surging after a video was released of Hannah Montana star Miley Cyrus allegedly smoking the substance from a bong at a house party shortly after her 18th birthday.
Though the plant is legal in California, where the party took place, some legislators like California's assemblyman Anthony Adams are calling for its prohibition, fearing a full-blown Party in the USA. Salvia, also known as Diviner's Sage, has traditionally been used as an entheogen, but has gained traction as a recreational substance in recent years as people look to it as a legal alternative to marijuana. Those who have experienced salvia will often tell you that it's not exactly a party drug, with its effects including, in some cases, total ego death. Of course, there is also the possibility that the PR machine entrusted with safeguarding Cyrus's image stated that she was smoking salvia to spare her the criticism she'd receive if it came out that she'd in fact been smoking other less legal plants, like marijuana. Her claim, in the video, that she was suffering a 'bad trip' seem to indicate otherwise. The attention Salvia is receiving as a result continues to grow, whether or not it's what was actually being smoked.
Though it definitely looks, on video,like Cyrus is celebrating her birthday in the fashion that teens have done for decades, the cultural implications of this attention to Salvia rather than, say, Four Loko, could be enormous if legislators can be convinced of its safety. Pop culture is saturated with former child stars who have attempted to self-medicate with cocaine and alcohol. They are rapidly vilified but still magnetize our attention. What if, instead of numbing themselves with hedonic substances, they chose to heal with entheogens? It remains to be seen if Cyrus will speak out on behalf of psychedelics. At this point she is keeping her head down and working diligently on a new film.Tweet