At first, the YouTube videos seemed hilarious -- young people smoking Salvia divinorum, laughing uncontrollably, falling over furniture. But the more Jason Daniel, a fourth-year PhD candidate in public health at San Diego State University, watched, the more it was simply disconcerting -- people lying on the ground, losing control of their limbs, convulsing. "They didn't look like they were having a terribly good time," says Daniel. After weeks of watching YouTube videos three to four hours per day, featuring people getting high on salvia -- a potent but short-acting hallucinogen legal in most countries and 41 states -- it just got boring. But that was a good thing, says Daniel, who was watching the videos as part of his thesis project on the effects of the drug. It allowed him to objectively focus on the scientific research at hand.
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