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Will Kratom Become Illegal in the U.S.?

Although there already are millions of proponents of the safety and effectiveness of kratom, the herb is currently subjected to possible ban by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). The reason for the ban is downright outrageous, because according to the DEA, there are two chemical properties of kratom, specifically mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine that are considered to have psychoactive properties.

Kratom is generally defined as a tropical tree belonging to the coffee family and is exclusively found in Southeast Asian countries of Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, and Malaysia. The native population in Southeast Asia claims that they have been using the plant for medicinal purposes since the 19th century, which means that unlike the west, they already have previous knowledge about its healing properties. Anyway, there is no denying that the most interesting yet controversial effect of kratom leaves comes from its stimulant and opiate properties.

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 also add that the leaves are some type of miracle because it helps relieve pain like no other pharmaceutical drugs or medicine can. But aside from pain relief, kratom’s popularity was quick to spread due to its remarkable healing effect for those who are suffering from psychological problems and disorders. In most instances, kratom leaves are turned to powder or consumed in tea form to get the benefits.
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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.
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Furthermore, the same powerful U.S. agency claims that it intends to ban the plant for poison control related issues. Does the DEA have proof that kratom is indeed poisonous when used by humans? We would have seen hundreds of thousands of deaths by poison in Southeast Asia by now because of using it as medicine.

Now for those who might have become a skeptic of the kratom plant’s remarkable healing powers, they certainly cannot be blamed if they steer clear from it once it is made illegal.

But one thing is for sure – kratom and its pain relief wonders are caused by the presence of alkaloids in the leaves. And about that issue of the possibility of getting high when consuming excessive amounts of it, it is safe to say that there is no such thing as overdosing through the consumption of kratom. The explanation is quite simple – once the body feels like it has consumed more than it could accommodate, there’s a natural response inside called vomit. This means that there really is no reason to label this plant in the same league or classification to that of heroin or any other type of prohibited substances.