Kratom : Less Potential for Abuse and Dependance Than Nutmeg

Last summer a wave of anger swept over the entire US when the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) announced their intention of temporarily banning the popular medicinal plant.
It got even more bizarre when the DEA wrote the following on the Federal Register: “The placement of these opioids into Schedule I of the (United States) Controlled Substances Act is necessary to avoid an imminent hazard to the public safety.” For those who are not familiar with the list of Schedule I drugs, it includes drugs such as Heroin, LSD, Ecstasy and MDMA – substances with no medical use in treatment and a high potential for abuse.
You can imagine the nation-wide outrage caused by this categorization when kratom is proven to help people around the world who suffer from severe chronic pain and help them overcome addictions to powerful prescription painkillers.
The DEA’s federal proposal sparked a massive backlash when they opened up a public comment period on a federal website. More than 22,000 comments rolled in fast and furious in no time. Veterans, former opiate addicts, natural remedy seekers – people whose quality of life improved tremendously thanks to kratom – they all vent their feelings about the impending ban. The response must have been so overwhelming that the DEA was forced to postpone their intention indefinitely. This is a huge victory for the Kratom community and shows that we can make a difference even when the odds are against us.
Naturally, this news and the general Kratom debate created a sensation and drew more attention to the medicinal plant, its use and benefits. A long-awaited analysis shows that Mitragyna Speciosa is no more harmful if not less than “nutmeg, hops, St. John’s Wort, chamomile, guarana, and kola nut” – all substances that are obtainable everywhere and have no restrictions in use.

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