A number of researchers think that salvinorin A, the potent dissociative psychedelic compound found in this perennial herb from Oaxaca, may have applications as an antidepressant, an analgesic, and as a therapeutic tool for treating drug addictions, some types of stroke, and Alzheimer's Disease.
This story is about a world of calamitous accidents, all of
which could have been avoided. They represent unnecessary loss of
life and the loss of billions of dollars. In the tragedies I describe here, the mistakes and
the lies belonged to the rich and powerful, and none of
the perpetrators went to prison.