Salvia is an herb related to the mint family. But when processed, Salvia can also be a powerful hallucinogenic drug. Though legal in most of the US, it has been banned in 13 states including Virginia. With approximately 750,000 people reportedly having tried it in just the last year, we examine what’s known about Salvia in the medical and scientific communities, and explore how it should be treated.


  • John Mendelson, MD Internist; and Senior Scientist, Addiction Pharmacology Research Laboratory, California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute
  • Del. John O'Bannon, MD Neurologist; and Member, Virginia House of Delegates (R-Henrico County)

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