Will Kratom Become Illegal in the U.S.?
Notwithstanding the fact that kratom is generally regarded as a safe herb, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) seems to be hell bent in classifying the leaves as an illegal substance in American soil. According to the agency’s announcement back in August of last year, the reason for the planned ban of the herb is because it contains two compounds, namely 7-hydroxymitragynine and mitragynine, both of which have psychoactive properties.
Kratom is actually classified as an evergreen tree growing in the tropical regions of Southeast Asia, more specifically in the countries of Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, and Papua New Guinea. Although it is relatively new and unfamiliar in the western part of the world, it has been widely used throughout history in Southeast Asia as traditional medicine. Nonetheless, it’s no secret from those who know the plant and have been using it that its opiate and stimulant properties make it a very popular yet controversial herbal medicine.
Those who believe in the effectiveness and safety of kratom are quick to argue that there really is no bad or “high” side effect of using the leaves for whatever healing or medical purpose. They further contend that it is by far the most revealing alternative source of pain relief, something that’s a lot better than over-the-counter medicine. Aside from relieving pain, kratom also was quite fast to spread the word that it can help in treating psychological disorders. Kratom, for the most part, is consumed by way of the leaves served as tea or processed and turned into powder form.
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The DEA wants that anyone who has possession of kratom will face the same set of penalties to individuals who are caught in possession of banned drugs and substances like heroine.
Furthermore, the same powerful U.S. agency claims that it intends to ban the plant for poison control related issues. Does this agency really believe kratom is poisonous to humans? We would have seen hundreds of thousands of deaths by poison in Southeast Asia by now because of using it as medicine.
Well, there’s no blaming anyone if ever kratom officially becomes illegal in this country since no one would want to take the risk of either fearing the falsely made information of it being addictive and poisonous or the fear of getting caught with mere possession of it.
But one thing is for sure – kratom and its pain relief wonders are caused by the presence of alkaloids in the leaves. Regarding the consequence of consuming excessive amounts of the leaves and the chatter that it can get one high, you have the assurance that there is very little or even zero possibility of one person overdosing because of kratom. The fact is whenever kratom is consumed excessively, the body has a natural response to counter the possibility of overdose and this is called vomiting. In the end, kratom does not deserve to be labeled and characterized in the same league to heroin and other prohibited and banned substances.