Currently, the DEA has placed Kratom on its list of Drugs and Chemicals of Concern list, leading many to worry about an eventual ban of Kratom in the US. Although already given a negative stigma, Kratom has very little to minimal information regarding its medicinal properties. So, why is the DEA getting involved?
Users familiar with Kratom have all had positive things to say, letting people know that it’s almost more effective and a safer option and less addictive than prescription painkillers such as Vicodin and morphine. So who’s right in this scenario, the users or DEA? How safe is Kratom really for consumers and is there anything we should be worried about?
Based on the data that has been found so far, the plant extract itself is regarded as safe. The DEA concern with Kratom is not that it’s properties are hazardous, but the abusive qualities it may condone, especially when mixed with other chemicals. So in a sense, Kratom itself is not seen as a dangerous chemical.
Kratom is even known to be safe and more effective than pharmaceutical drugs at dealing with chronic pain. A study from 1988 in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology found that the leaves of Kratom features more than 25 naturally-occurring alkaloids which exhibit opiate-like effects. Two compounds in particular, mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, act on opiate receptors but in a less severe way.
Users say Kratom has helped them live vibrant, pain-free lives without any harmful side effects. Regarding Kratom’s potential addiction, most report that it is mild and easily mitigated.
With all the speculation, it seems that the federal government doesn’t have any reason to ban it. The caution for Kratom does not go away even if it’s legal, such as marijuana. Since that answer seems true, it will continue to remain illegal despite knowing that it contains little to no negative side effects.
While Kratom is legal in most states, it’s important that users who seek to utilize Kratom and see it as their only means of treatment be on the lookout for any changes to laws. The health freedom is patients for their taking, but they need to tread lightly on what is seen in the legal system as a dangerous substance.