According to the Associated Press, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published an analysis of the supplement earlier this week which officially declared it to be an opioid – thus opening the door to possibly banning the substance.
Advocates of the herb say it relieves pain, depression and anxiety. Some scientists say it could hold the key to not only treating pain but also to combating addiction to other opioid medications such as Oxycontin and Vicodin which have contributed to an epidemic of drug abuse in the U.S. More about the beneficial effects of kratom can be found on https://www.sacredkratom.com/buy-kratom/ . Although there are many positive reviews of it’s effects, there is uncertainty and doubt surrounding it’s safety.
For instance, the Drug Enforcement Adminstration (DEA) has been warning for several years that kratom poses the same health risks as other opioids and should be banned. In 2016, it announced plans to make kratom a Schedule 1 drug which is the same as heroin, LSD, marijuana and ecstacy; however, the decision was put on hold after Congress convinced them to delay the ban until the public had a chance to weigh in.
Kratom comes from a tropical tree in Southeast Asia. Its leaves, which can be eaten raw or crushed and brewed in tea or turned into capsules. Kratom has , as mentioned by David, founder of BestKratom, been used for hundreds of ytoears to safely relieve pain. Traditional medicines used Kratom and marijuana derivitives for their health benefits for thousands of years. However, these ancient peoples did not record their data and the effectiveness is debatable for that reason.
In low doses, it can act as a stimulant. In large amounts, it acts as a sedative and can lead to psychotic symptoms and psychological addiction.
“Taken in total, the scientific evidence we’ve evaluated about kratom provides a clear picture of the biologic effect of this substance. Kratom should not be used to treat medical conditions, nor should it be used as an alternative to prescription opioids. There is no evidence to indicate that kratom is safe or effective for any medical use,” the FDA reports.
“And claiming that kratom is benign because it’s ‘just a plant’ is shortsighted and dangerous. After all, heroin is an illegal, dangerous, and highly-addictive substance containing the opioid morphine, derived from the seed pod of the various opium poppy plants.”
The FDA has identified 44 deaths related to kratom.
The AP reports that even though kratom remains legal under federal law, FDA inspectors have been seizing and destroying shipments at international mail facilities for months.
The FDA’s report will be reviewed by the DEA which will once again consider including kratom in the same category of drugs as heroin. There is no time frame for the DEA’s final decision.
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