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Hawaii Grown Plant Having Dangerous Drug-Like Effects

Mike Schricher Mike Schricher
Keith Kamita Keith Kamita

By Paul Drewes

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- Clearing the air about a powerful and dangeorus substance that is completely legal in Hawaii. It's grown here in Hawaii, then sold and smoked here.

It's a drug that is getting more attention from young users and authorities. It's not marijuana.

It's a drug many have never heard of called "Salvia".

And users say it's much more powerful than Pakalolo. Salvia is related to the sage plant, and is just one of many natural drugs not regulated by the State or Federal agencies.

At least not yet. It's easy to get in Hawaii.

You can buy it in smoke shops.

Or on the internet.

But those who have tried Salvia say it is the most intense drug out there.

"You can get any stronger than salvia cause it tricks your brain into thinking you are dying this is what is going to happen in your last final moments of existance a sneak preview, I am comfortable with death because I have tried salvia," said Mike Schricher, a Salvia user.

And it's all completely legal.  

"In Hawaii, it,s not a controlled substance so I have to say yes," said Keith Kamita with the State Narcotics Division.

What is the appeal of this powerful drug, that was used by ancient shaman? A higher consciousness for some.

"I had a real outer body experience a whole different plane of existance and it made me view the world in a whole different perspective."

But on the website Youtube, there are hundreds of clips of people experimenting with the drug, and it is anything but a spiritual experience.

Now the state wanted to make it an illegal experience. A bill introduced this legislative session would classify it the same as LSD.

"It reportedly does produce an LSD type high and our fear is that our children will start looking at this as a legal high."

But because Ssalvia is already sold over the internet, Kamita admits, the sale of this powerful drug may be difficult to control.

There are other natural plants that also produce drug-like effects that are not regulated by the state either.

To help parents understand what their kids may be trying, Schricher is web publishing a book on both the good and bad effects of these drugs.

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