Kratom: DEA's Dirty Little Secret

Kratom: The DEA’s Dirty Little Secret

This is an article that was published back in 2016, but still rings true today. Kratom, the bitter plant that (if allowed to, could save a lot more lives than what it’s doing now) could help opioid addicts.

You read that right. There are primarily two reasons why kratom is not more well known for its many benefits, including helping addicts. First, because kratom is not approved by the FDA and DEA therefore, it does not get the publicity it deserves. Secondly, because kratom is always on the chopping block, many don’t want to bring attention to it for fear of losing it. Obviously this subjective, but I truly  believe kratom is sort of “hidden behind the curtain” to a degree to not bring attention to it.

“Biologically, kratom acts enough like an opioid that DEA considers it a threat to public safety. The agency planned to use a regulatory mechanism called emergency scheduling to place it in the same restrictive category as heroin, LSD, and cannabis. This category, Schedule I, is reserved for what the DEA considers the most dangerous drugs—those with no redeeming medical value, and a high potential for abuse.”

Instead of shouting from the rooftops of how wonderful kratom actually is, the DEA considers it a “threat to the public.” Why? Many reasons, but the one that stands out is Big Phrama lobbies to feds to ban it.

“Before they finalized the scheduling, something surprising happened. An advocacy group called the American Kratom Association (yes, AKA) raised $400,000 from its impassioned membership—impressive for a nonprofit that typically raises $80,000 a year—to pay for lawyers and lobbyists, who got Congress on their side.”

Of course, we remember time in infamy. September of 2016 was the time when kratom was this close to banning kratom nationally. But thanks to the AKA, they staved off the DEA.

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