With the help of a new app and new users, the UK is set to become the first country in the world to officially allow the recreational use of salvia, an herbal medicine used to treat conditions ranging from anxiety and insomnia to depression and other mental illnesses.
A UK Department of Health (DOH) statement said the decision to legalise salvia will make it “a safer, more accessible, more affordable and less harmful alternative to cannabis.”
Salvia is a plant native to South America, where it was used as a natural remedy for many illnesses, including depression and anxiety, and is used by thousands of people worldwide.
The use of the herb is illegal in the UK, where its use is not allowed, but the UK Health Secretary said Wednesday that a government-led initiative is now in the pipeline to allow salvia for medical use.
Salvia’s main medicinal uses are in treating anxiety and depression, and the drug has been used as an ingredient in over 90 herbal remedies since its discovery in South America in 2003.
The new UK drug policy will allow salvinorin A (also known as GW Pharmaceuticals) to be used by people aged 16 and over, with a prescription.
This will be done via a specially designed, user-friendly website that will allow users to enter their prescription and receive a free sample.
The drug can be purchased in packs of three or in tablets or capsules, with users able to take one capsule daily for up to three days, and each day, for up