A hallucinogenic herb pharmacologists believe holds great promise for pain relief and mental health treatment is facing tough restrictions thanks to thrill-seekers, the New York Times reports. Users of the highly potent psychedelic Salvia divinorum—dubbed "Magic Mint" by users—have been posting videos of their trips on YouTube, which often become Exhibit A when states seek to ban it.
"They’re not really taking it as a tool to explore their inner psyche,” complained a Californian who pioneered the production of salvia extracts. “They’re just taking it to get messed up." Scientists believe salvia should be regulated but fear that criminalization—a move backed by a growing number of lawmakers—will block research into the subject when information is still scarce.