Stay Away DEA | 145,000 Signatures Showing Resistance to Kratom Ban

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Over 145,000 people signed the petition and posted comments on a government petition to Whitehouse.gov recently, revealing how many people a kratom ban would affect. Numerous users of kratom report that the miraculous herb is helping relieve certain ailments that they suffer with. Pain management is probably the most popular reason for kratom use and it also assists many recovering opiate addicts through the stages of withdrawal.

There are many reasons why kratom users and members of the general public are against the DEA’s ban on kratom powder. Used for centuries in traditional Asian medicinal practices, kratom is a natural herb that is derived from the Mitragynine Speciosa tree in Southeast Asia. It is said to contain alkaloids that act similar to those of pain medications, binding to certain receptors in the brain. Because kratom is somewhat new to the western world, and particularly the U.S., there hasn’t been any real long term studies on the effects of kratom to the body. It is undeniable that tens of thousands (at least) of people report very positive effects from kratom use.

Most of those opposing the kratom ban think it is ridiculous that the federal government would try to lump kratom, a natural herb, along with other toxic substances classified as Schedule 1 narcotics like heroin and cocaine. Although it would be naieve to assume that something that is natural means it is unharmful, it should be noted that the kratom tree is a relative of the coffee plant, who’s derivatives are served on a global scale every morning and throughout the day. “I think the quality of the comments and the quantity of the comments show that kratom really does have potential and that the three to five million people that are consuming kratom would suffer greatly if it becomes a Schedule I controlled substance,” Susan Ash, founder of the American Kratom Association, told Pain News Network. Susan used kratom to help relieve the sickening effects of opiate withdrawal. Others credit kratom for anxiety relief and helping to relieve mental conditions.

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The American Kratom Association decided to hire drug addiction expert John Henningfield from John Hopkins University to research effects of the herb. Henningfield compiled a 127-page report that came to a simple conclusion: it would be unjust and unwarranted to place kratom on the DEA’s naughty list as a schedule one narcotic. He stated that the public health is not in any danger and that creating this ban could create issues that as of yet do not exist.
 
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