Miley Cyrus Caught Taking Bong Hits of Salvia: 'Is It Me Tripping?'
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It's been a year peppered with scandal for Miley Cyrus. She did a bit of underage drinking and, of course, there's been a near constant uproar over her provocative choices in stage attire. Now comes a fresh scandal, and this one involves a big old bong.
A video obtained by TMZ shows the 'Hannah Montana' star taking hits from a bong that was reportedly filled with a natural herb called salvia, which when smoked has psychedelic qualities. Possession of salvia is currently legal in California. The video was reportedly taken five days after Miley turned 18.
According to the report, the video was shot by one of Miley's friends and it is very possible that someone stole or copied the video from that person's camera.
The video begins with Cyrus taking a hit from the large bong as the song 'Comedown' by '90s rock band Bush plays in the background. After a few moments, she comes up for air and immediately begins to feel the effects of the drug. Soon, she's seeing things that aren't there, including her ex-boyfriend Liam Hemsworth."
"Oh, I'm not gonna lose it now ... I'm going," she says. "Having a little bit of a bad trip! Is that a f**king Liam lookalike or what the hell is that? Is that my boyfriend? Is that my boyfriend? Oh my God, he looks so much like Liam!"
She then points to her head and asks a friend, "Is it me tripping? Is it me tripping?"
It's then that Cyrus begins to laugh uncontrollably, before asking the camerawoman (who is egging the star to keep talking), "Oh my God, are you being as weird as I think you are right now?"
The video closes with a stream of incoherent babbling and grunting from Cyrus and her friend telling her that she is "going to s**t a brick when you see this."
Salvia is known to provide a brief-but-extreme hallucinatory experience when smoked. According to a news report from Current TV, "Its [salvia's] long-term effects are not well understood, but the immediate effects can be dramatic ... for five minutes, the highly-concentrated form of this drug can render people totally incapacitated."
"It is by far and away the most potent naturally-occurring hallucinogen," Dr. Brian Roth, head of a national drug screening program at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, told Current. "This drug targets this one receptor and when it hits that receptor it turns it on and then causes this profound alteration in how people view reality."
Miley had celebrated her 18th birthday a few days before the actual date (Nov. 23) at a private party where she was reportedly spotted with Nickelodeon star Avan Jogia.
In October, after 17 years of marriage, Miley's parents, Billy Ray and Tish Cyrus, filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences. Rumor was that singer Bret Michaels had an affair with Tish, but the rocker told PopEater he did not have an affair with Tish and he's not the reason Billy Ray and Tish are getting divorced.
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