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Miley's Herb Salvia

Classified as

'Drug of Concern'

12/10/2010 10:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Miley Cyrus' drug of choice -- salvia -- has been listed as a "drug of concern" by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.

Salvia Effects: What is Salvia
According to the DEA -- salvia is a Mexican herb that can be smoked to "evoke hallucinogenic effects." 

In fact, the DEA states, "Psychic effects include perceptions of bright lights, vivid colors and shapes, as well as body movements and body or object distortions."

But that's not all -- the DEA adds ... other effects include uncontrolled laughter and overlapping realities. Negative physical effects may include incoordination, dizziness, and slurred speech.

According to Scientific American Magazine, the DEA is currently "looking into the drug" to determine if it should be considered "on par" with LSD and heroin.

However, research conducted by several universities -- including Harvard -- show salvia may have some serious medicinal value ... and could help improve treatments for conditions like schizophrenia and addiction.

Dr. Joe Haraszti -- an L.A. psychiatrist -- tells us, "Animal data suggest that salvia is not addictive. But people will try it once and since it's such an intense and unpleasant experience that they will not want to do it again."

The battle over salvia is raging in the scientific community. Currently, it's legal in most U.S. states ... including California.

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Celebrities Suck    

so what she's a pot head...

1410 days ago
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Celebrities Suck    

that's the way it starts... 1st is pot, then cocaine, and so on.... poor kids

1410 days ago
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Mike S    

Seriously, what 18 year doesn't enjoy as bit of the sticky every now and then.

1410 days ago
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Celebrities Suck    

I had a dream I was a pot plant.... Does anyone know what does that mean? lmao jk

1410 days ago
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zoolady    

Salvia is very strong, but, the effects are very brief. It's a Mexican mint and it will knock you off your feet...for about ten minutes.

1410 days ago
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Celebrities Suck    

TMZ post this like no one at the TMZ studio has never smoked "POT" before... umm hmm!

1410 days ago
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zoolady    

More like "on par with whippets."

1410 days ago
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peetl    

Comment #2 is full of ****. I smoke weed and would never touch that stuff. and again, the DEA is finding another thing to ban and capitalize off of so they can make busts. Salvia is so ****ing harmless and so ridiculous I never really plan on doing it again. Glad I live in Canada where the RCMP have been monitoring its sales for years and doing nothing.

1410 days ago
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Carl    

This is a good example of why pot should be legalized. People keep going to these "alternatives" that are actually dangerous to use but since the government hasn't regulated it yet are legal. Pot on the other hand is only dangerous if someone decides to go driving after smoking.

1410 days ago
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Jackie    

Whatever....I just feel sorry for the pre-teens who were looking upon her. But now she is a grown up, so i careless what she smoke or do.

1410 days ago
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Celebrities Suck    

8. by peetl you were smart I'm glad you didn't do anything other drugs other thn pot.. Others aren't as smart they are followers not leaders.

1410 days ago
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yowzah    

you guys are really putting this up tho it IS legal? who CARES what the government says, they still think weed is some CRAZY drug that'll still just drive you mad cuz it's a gateway drug to even crazier ****!

she's 18, she can do it, get over it.

1410 days ago
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jus-sayin    

So she is schizophrenia? Hey I smoked pot years ago, and I think it should be legal, but this? Miley is heading down the wrong path now, and I like her. Now I see another Linsey. Mom &Dad need to step in, I don't care if she is 8, 18' or 28. She is your daughter. You don't want to lose her to her fame or crap like this. Good luck Miley.

1410 days ago
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Celebrities Suck    

I do not smoke, however. Cigarettes are worse thn marijuana. Marijuana is made by nature, unlike cigarettes that are man made with over 7000 harmful chemicals that will kill you. Why is it legal to sell tobacco, and marijuana which is made by nature isn't? Cigarettes is a drug, people get addicted it's amazing how people don't view Cigarettes as being a drug.... If you're addicted to Cigarettes, it's a habit/drug.

1410 days ago
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Celebrities Suck    

Opps correction...

I do not smoke, however. Cigarettes are worse thn marijuana. Marijuana is made by nature, unlike cigarettes that are man made with over 7000 harmful chemicals that will kill you. Why is it legal to sell tobacco, and NOT marijuana which is made by nature isn't? Cigarettes is a drug, people get addicted it's amazing how people don't view Cigarettes as being a drug.... If you're addicted to Cigarettes, it's a habit/drug.

1410 days ago
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