Is There a Possibility for Kratom to be Banned in 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. Although it is relatively new and unfamiliar in the western part of the world, it has been widely used throughout history in Southeast Asia as traditional medicine. Nevertheless, there always will be some intrigue or even controversy as to the plant’s natural opiate and stimulant properties. According to the strong proponents and supporters of the use of kratom, there is no basis for banning the leaves for use because there is no proof whatsoever that they can make the user “high.” They even are quick to add that the leaves provide the most effective pain relief that even traditional drugs and medicine cannot give. Aside from relieving pain, kratom also was quite fast to spread the word that it can help in treating psychological disorders. For the most part, the leaves are processed and turned in to either powder or tea form for consumption.
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The DEA went further by saying that it wants those caught with the possession of kratom to be meted with the same penalties to those who are caught with illegal drugs such as heroin and metamphetamine.
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Additionally, the same agency defends its would-be policy of banning …