Miley Cyrus Bong Fiasco Sparks Salvia Debate, Sales

CANNABIS CULTURE – Footage of teenie-pop sensation Miley Cyrus smoking salvia out of a bong has boosted sales of the drug and ignited comments from euphoria-phobic Drug Warriors who would love to see the legal substance banned.

The video, posted late last week by online gossip dump TMZ, shows the 18-year-old Hannah Montana star inhaling a cloud of white smoke out of a glass bong, then bursting into laughter and joking around with her friends.

“Is it me tripping?” she asks her friend with the camera. “I want more of that shit, I swear.”

Salvia divinorum, the psychoactive plant she was consuming, is legal in many US states (including California, where Cyrus was smoking) and Canada and is available in many head shops and cigar stores across North America.

TMZ claims the video has sent sales of the drug “sky high”, but has also enflamed opponents of the hallucinogenic herb.

“Miley is a star and young kids are going to emulate her behavior,” California State Assemblyman Anthony Adams said. “It’s time for state and federal governments to renew their push toward an outright ban.”

A Drug Enforcement Administration official supported Adams’ claim, according to the New York Daily News, adding that salvia is a “drug of concern.”

Salvia is considered to be a mostly harmless, non-addictive substance, and has been used traditionally by Mazatec shamans to facilitate visionary states of consciousness as part of spiritual healing.

But in the hypocritical world of showbiz, things like legality and the general harmlessness of a substance matter little.

As the gossip press continues to slam the teen star for setting a so-called ‘bad example’ to her impressionable young fans, and her dad Billy-Ray Cyrus tweets he is “so sad” about his daughters behaviour, even ex-junkie rock stars are attempting to get some tabloid milage out of the fiasco:

“I don’t know what that is, I never heard of it,” said Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler. “If Miley is smoking that, tell her to call me.”

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