Kratom, a herbal supplement commonly sold online or in local herbal stores, has recently become the center of attention as the DEA has announced its intent to schedule the herb as a Schedule I drug.
This announcement has been very controversial and has resulted in wide protests and debates. Thousands of individuals across the United States use Kratom in order to heal chronic pain, treat anxiety, prevent withdrawal from other harsh drugs and create a general sense of well-being and health.
The History of Kratom
Mitragyna Speciosa, also known as Kratom, is a herb that is naturally found in Southeast Asia in countries such as Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia. Workers in these countries have used the herb for thousands of years for health purposes and to treat a variety of conditions.
Kratom originates from the same plant that coffee comes from and is very similar in terms of effects. Southeast Asian workers have used Kratom for many years to help them work long and grueling hours doing manual labor. Kratom is a way of life in Asia much like coffee is a way of life for many Americans.
Below is a brief video on the history of kratom:
Kratom Is a Natural Product
Kratom users consider Kratom to be more of a natural product than a hardcore drug. It has a very unique ability to heal and alleviate conditions without having adverse chemical side effects. This is very similar to Marijuana, which has a wide variety of uses as a natural medical remedy for many diseases.
Kratom has few, if any side effects and is a safe and natural product. Research shows that there have been no deaths directly attributed to Kratom as a sole cause. All instances of emergency room visits and deaths involving Kratom have involved other harder drugs which were used in conjunction with the Kratom.
Kratom itself is a very safe compound and cannot cause death or any adverse reactions. In the case an individual takes too much Kratom, they will not overdose, they will simply become slightly nauseous. This is similar to an individual drinking too much coffee.
Kratom Is a Natural Alternative to Medicine
Kratom has been used by countless individuals in the United States to get off of harder drugs and prescription medicines. Drug addicts addicted to drugs such as Heroin, Oxycodone or other opiates can use Kratom to easily reduce their withdrawal symptoms.
Once their withdrawal period is over, the user can simply stop using Kratom without any withdrawal symptoms. Kratom offers many of the similar benefits that prescription medicines for pain have but lack any of the deadly side effects that pain medicines have.
There have been many instances where individuals overdose on pain medicine that they receive from their doctor. Kratom, however, does not cause this to happen.
Big Pharma vs Kratom
Many speculate that the reason why the DEA wants to ban Kratom is similar to the reason why Marijuana is so targeted by pharmaceutical companies. Kratom, as well as Marijuana, poses a serious threat to the pharmaceutical industry as a whole.
The American pharmaceutical industry is very huge and has a large amount of power. One of the biggest drugs that pharmaceutical companies push is pain-killer medicine. Many individuals become hooked on these pharmaceutical drugs and this creates a large market for these drugs. Some unfortunate users of prescription pain-killers are unable to stop using these drugs and turn to harder drugs such as Heroin in order to get their fix.
Kratom, unlike pharmaceutical drugs, is a natural plant and is thus unable to patent. Pharmaceutical companies would rather push their prescription drugs than offer a natural alternative such as Marijuana or Kratom. Natural alternatives have no potential to market and make money from because they are under the ownership of no company.
Resistance Amongst the Kratom Community
The DEA's release of their intent to reschedule Kratom was met with strong resistance amongst the Kratom community. Countless individuals and veterans who utilize Kratom in order to deal with pain were very disappointed because they would have to give up a natural plant that dealt with all of their symptoms in a healthful way and have to take prescription drugs instead.
Innocent civilians who simply want to experience the benefits that this plant has to offer would immediately become criminals in the eye of the law. This scheduling would put Kratom in the same category as harder drugs such as Heroin, LSD and MDMA.
The White House Petition
Kratom users and advocates in the United States fought back against the DEA's decision by forming a White House petition to stop the scheduling of the drug. The petition received over 100,000 signatures to stop the ban, which drew the attention of many individuals such as Congressmen and the general press.
This widespread resistance ultimately caused the DEA to withdraw its intent to ban the substance and instead put the issue up to the jurisdiction of the FDA. The issue of Kratom's legality is still up for discussion. Certain parties are still seeking to ban the herb while activists are still fighting to keep the plant legal.
Kratom is a very unique compound that has recently been at the heat of a lot of controversy. Millions attest to the healing properties of the plant and give Kratom credit for its massive potential. Similar to Marijuana, Kratom has the ability to change many peoples' lives for the better by getting them off of harder substances such as Heroin, Oxycodone and pain-killers, providing a natural sense of well-being and alleviating pain from diseases.
Despite glowing reviews from fans of this natural compound, staunch opposition to the plant still remains. Many individuals are against the idea of a herbal solution that could potentially eradicate the entire pharmaceutical business as it stands. Others remain close-minded and refuse to support any compound that is herbal and comes from nature such as Kratom or Marijuana.
However, there is hope for Kratom as many activists are encouraging researchers to further look into the plant and research any potential medical uses the plant may have.