[FONT=Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif]Megastar Tom Cruise has been promising actress wife Katie Holmes a "special" birthday surprise for weeks now -- and the surprise was finally revealed today to be a Salvia divinorum mint plant in full blossom!
Tom Cruise found a small specimen of the plant, known as "the Sage of the Seers," in an East Village witchcraft store. The plant is indigenous to Mexico and was and is used by shamans of the Mazatec Indians for its ability to create visions and hallucinations.
In lower doses -- which is no doubt how TomKat would use it! -- the plant is used as a medicine for a range of ailments, from curing headaches, to anemia to rheumatism. The plant is also very decorative.
However, Salvinorin A, the active ingredient in the plant, is a known powerful natural hallucinogen. It is not considered an addictive drug.
It is smoked or, less often, chewed. It has become increasingly popular and is available for purchase over the Internet and in some "head" shops under the name "Holy Smoke."