Is the DEA high? The agency’s emergency ban on kratom has to make you wonder what they’re smoking

Salon published an article titled, “Is the DEA high? The agency’s emergency ban on kratom has to make you wonder what they’re smoking.” The article reads in part as follows;

“How insane is America’s drug war? Look no further than the Southeast Asian plant known as kratom, which the Drug Enforcement Administration recently announcedit would be temporarily adding to the list of Schedule 1 substances, along with heroin, LSD, cocaine and marijuana. This emergency ban, which the DEA justified by calling the plant an “imminent public health and safety threat,” may go into effect as early as this weekend, and can last up to three years before becoming permanent or being reversed.

 Kratom, which is related to coffee, has been used for therapeutic purposes across Indochina for centuries, and has become increasingly popular in the United States over the past several years for treating chronic pain, depression, anxiety, PTSD and a variety of other ailments (veterans have been particularly vocal about the plant benefiting their lives and getting them off of a plethora of pharmaceuticals). Kratom has also been reported to help recovering opiate and heroin addicts, even though it can be mildly addictive itself if used on a daily basis — not unlike coffee.

Online forums suggest that it is used predominantly by adults as a therapeutic herb, and a recent survey by the Pain News Network, which polled over 6,000 kratom users, found that over 50 percent use it for acute and/or chronic pain, almost 15 percent for anxiety, 10 percent for opioid dependency, and less than 2 percent for recreational use or curiosity. It is particularly popular for those suffering from back/spine pain, migraines and fibromyalgia.”

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2 responses to “Is the DEA high? The agency’s emergency ban on kratom has to make you wonder what they’re smoking”

  1. chris romoser says:

    I love kratom and even better is the support from other users…so glad that kratom will be examined…I doubt anyone can fault someone for using what they need to ease pain…talking helps too, so DEA start listening

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