Billy Ray Cyrus Apologizes After Miley Bong Video Hits Web
Billy Ray Cyrus has apologized to the fans after a video appeared online, featuring his 18-year-old daughter, Miley Cyrus, allegedly smoking a legal, but psychedelic-effect inducing herb.
“Sorry guys. I had no idea,” Billy Ray wrote, appearing to address the clip that popped up on TMZ on Friday, showing Miley with her mouth over a bong, followed by a couple of minutes of laughter and unusual behavior.
“Just saw this stuff for the first time myself. Im so sad,” Billy Ray continued in his Tweet. “There is much beyond my control right now.”
On Friday, TMZ posted the video showing Miley with her mouth over a bong device, appearing to breath in a smoky substance emerging from the pipe. A source told the website the substance in the bong was salvia.
According to TMZ, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency considers the herb a “drug of concern.”
Additionally, according to SageWisdom.com, which has tracked Salvia’s legal status in the United States, the herb, described as a “powerful consciousness-altering” substance, is legal in California.
In the video, Miley can be seen smiling at the camera and at one point (while Bush’s “I Don’t Want To Come Back Down From This Cloud” is playing in the background), says, “Having a little bit of a bad trip.”
Salvia, which is legal in most countries, is know to produce psychedelic effects. Laughing can also be a side effect of the drug, which is reportedly native to the U.S. and Mexico.
The “Hannah Montana” star is seen laughing in the video.
The person filming the incident encouraged Miley to document her experience while she was being filmed.
“Tell us what’s on your mind… tell us what’s on your mind girlfriend… Talk to me, talk to me,” a female can be heard saying.
The clip ended with Miley talking quickly in a gibberish type fashion.
A rep for Miley had no comment when contacted by Access Hollywood.
Meanwhile, CBS’ “The Doctors” had an episode on salvia back in 2008, clips of which were re-released on Friday, and psychedelic drug expert Dr. David Stuckey suggested it was an unusual substance.
“We don’t even know the long-term effects of salvia, not to mention that it has a very different pattern than other hallucinogenic drugs,” Dr. Stuckey said.
Dr. Michael Yang took the drug on the show and complained of difficulties articulating, trouble walking, trouble concentrating and focusing. He also said he had feelings of anxiety in his chest.
“I have to tell you, it’s amazing to see something take you so quickly out of yourself — out of your norm — and then deposit you right back into your normal state,” Dr. Yang added.
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