Salvia divinorum (Diviner’s Sage)
What will be prohibited?
All plants of Salvia divinorum. This includes seeds and cuttings.
Who will be affected?
- Salvia has been illegal in all states for several years. It is listed in the drug schedules of all states.
Why does the government want to ban Salvia divinorum?
The government wants to harmonise the state drug laws. Salvia divinorum is a strong hallucinogen.
Why the new law may not be appropriate
- Salvinorin A, the active constituent in Salvia divinorum has been shown to have strong antidepressant properties. Various research teams around the world are investigating this. In Australia such research is hindered by the scheduling of this herb as a drug, but researchers nonetheless manage to apply for exemptions via the state health departments. Adding an extra level of federal scheduling will not add any further protection to the community, but will make such research even more difficult.