Editor’s Note: As a long time kratom user, this news is devastating to me and so many others who have found great relief from chronic pain, anxiety, PTSD, depression, ADD and so much more because of this incredible, medicinal plant that is a nontoxic alternative to big pharma’s addictive and dangerous pills. Starting next week, kratom users will be deemed criminals and face the same jail sentences as violent thugs. Hopefully, the botanical lobby and their foot soldiers will be able to turn this around.
Mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, two substances made naturally by kratom, a widely used medicinal plant, will be placed on Schedule I of the U.S. Controlled Substances Act, effective September 30, 2016. The announcement was published in the Federal Register by the acting administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration on August 31.
In DEA vernacular, the federal Schedule I designation is defined for drugs with 1) no currently accepted medical use, 2) a high potential for abuse and 3) a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision. The U.S. Attorney General has delegated such scheduling authority to the head administrator of the DEA.
Does kratom have legitimate medical uses?
But since the announcement, a vocal community of kratom users have objected to the scheduling’s de facto criminalization of the plant, citing the plant’s value in self-medication for chronic pain, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and recovery from…