UPDATE: The AP reports that more states are considering a ban on Salvia, bringing relief to worried Moms.
We want to give Moms a heads up about a new drug out there that teens are calling the "new LSD." It's called Salvia Divinorum, and the scariest part is that it's legal in all but eight states (Louisiana, Missouri, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Delaware, Maine, Illinois and North Dakota). Salvia Divinorum is a Mexican herb that's being packaged as "incense," but kids smoke or chew it like tobacco to get high. Its leaves can also be boiled to make an intoxicating tea. The effects include hallucinations, out-of-body experiences, unconsciousness, and short-term memory loss. The DEA has included it on its list of "Drugs and Chemicals of Concern," and is considering whether to add the herb to its list of controlled substances. If you're the parent of a teen or tween, Salvia should definitely be on your radar.