So a drug is up for debate with the DEA and it’s called Kratom.
What makes this drug so popular? Well TECHNICALLY it’s not a lab created drug. It is all natural. And it’s being considered to be labeled a schedule 1 drug.
It is native to Southeast Asia and it’s in the coffee family. It also has some opiate and stimulant like properties.
So there you have it. Anything that makes you feel good, the UNITED STATES wants to ban it.
It can be used for chronic pain or opioid withdrawal. And of course some IDIOT wants to use it for recreational use.
I wonder who has their hands on the mic when it comes to this plant. They don’t want you knowing about it. Perhaps some pharmaceutical company. It’s not beneficial to their bottom line. But does it work? YES or the DEA wouldn’t be fighting it. What is wrong with nature? Why does everything we want to make here in the states have to be mechanically engineered? Why don’t they believe in alternative medicines?
Marijuana would be good even for my condition. I suffer from severe nausea. And although I don’t want to smoke anything, knowing that it’s illegal in my state, that is a bit disheartening. I’d like a muffin or brownie or something! Lol
With the heroin epidemic that we have going on right now in the United States, you would think that they will be willing to do anything possible to cut back on the abuse of prescription pills and heroin. But they aren’t. And it’s one thing when you want to legalize something for the entire country, but it’s another thing when you have the nerve to tell me what I can put into my own body to save my life or to bring me some type of comfort. In order to live the life that you want you have to move completely out of the United States. Because if you’re caught with this plant in the states and its banned, what’s going to happen to you?
They are not trying to figure out if it’s safe, they are shopping for manufacturing plants. Processing plants to see if they can profit from it.
A drug you’ve probably never heard of has caused the DEA to do something it’s never done before.
Kratom is, according to the American Kratom Association (AKA), a plant in Southeast Asia in the same family as coffee that some use to treat a wide variety of illnesses, including PTSD, depression, anxiety, and addiction to heroin and opiates. Earlier this year, the Drug Enforcement Agency announced its intent to criminalize the drug due to a recent upsurge in calls involving kratom to poison centers and even deaths in which the drug was used, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The DEA’s original intent was to make kratom a Schedule I drug, the highest of five levels the federal government has. Schedule I drugs are defined as substances with “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse,” according to the agency’s website. Schedue I drugs also include heroin, LSD, ecstasy and marijuana. Six states – Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Vermont – have already banned kratom.
But the small but growing community of kratom users in the United States immediately pushed back, saying the drug was not addictive and was in fact pivotal to helping many people addicted to heroin and opioids. According to one study, kratom eases withdrawal pains and reduces cravings while helping users stay alert and energetic.
The AKA urged users to call and email DEA offices nationwide, and the response was so forceful it shocked agency spokesperson Melvin Patterson, according to the Washington Post. More than 140,000 people have signed a White House position asking that kratom not be made a Schedule I substance.
“That was eye-opening for me personally,” Patterson said. “I want the kratom community to know that the DEA does hear them. Our goal is to make sure this is available to all of them.”
The ban on kratom was supposed to go into effect Sept. 30, but on Wednesday, the DEA backtracked, withdrawing its previous notice of intent and instead asking the public to submit feedback until Dec. 1. On Twitter, the AKA lauded the decision.
Still, some experts say kratom can be addictive and act as an opiate, so using it to treat addiction is akin to “jumping from the frying pan into the fire,” according to DrugAbuse.com.
Public comments must be made online or through mail.