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Is There a Possibility for Kratom to be Banned in U.S.? Notwithstanding the fact that kratom is generally regarded as a safe herb, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) seems to be hell bent in classifying the leaves as an illegal substance in American soil. According to the agency’s announcement back in August of last year, the reason for the planned ban of the herb is because it contains two compounds, namely 7-hydroxymitragynine and mitragynine, both of which have psychoactive properties. Kratom is generally classified as an evergreen tree that grows in the tropical Southeast Asian region, more particularly in the countries of Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, and Papua New Guinea. 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. Anyway, there is no denying that the most interesting yet controversial effect of kratom leaves comes from its stimulant and opiate 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 further contend that it is by far the most revealing alternative source of pain relief, something that’s a lot better than over-the-counter medicine. 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. 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 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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Additionally, the same agency defends its would-be policy of banning kratom as necessary for poison control issues. Seriously, the DEA thinks kratom can poison humans? Well, why haven’t we heard any news about hundreds of thousands of people in Southeast Asia dying from kratom poisoning? For those who can’t help but become skeptics of kratom, there’s no blaming them since everyone just wants to be perfectly sure they aren’t taking any medicine or herb for the first time without figuring out if it indeed is safe. But even the DEA or anyone for that matter can never deny the fact that the presence of alkaloids in the leaves of the plant is the reason why it is effective in pain relief. 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. As a matter of fact, once the human body detects that it already has ingested too much of kratom, it naturally responds through vomiting. 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.