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Recovery From Addiction Podcast

Sep 26, 2019

Is Kratom good or bad for you? If it is good, then why FDA or DEA is against its use. Why do the federal agencies want to push it under Schedule 1 drug?

Kratom is sourced from the leaves of Mitragyna Speciosa, a tropical tree native to the forests of Southeast Asia. This substance is primarily used for pain relief, withdrawal from opiate crave, and as a way to feel relaxing effects.

Many users claim that it can help in boosting energy by acting as a mild stimulant, white still having soothing effects.

The problem with the Kratom is that people misuse the substance for recreational purposed and sellers selling it by mixing it with strong substances.

It's not regulated yet, and ingredients are not required to be tested before selling. FDA biggest concern is that many alkaloids inside this substance are leading to risks of abuse, dependence, and addiction.

Kratom advocates like American Kratom Association and leading scientists like Christopher R McCurdy are against any move against Kratom. They think that it's a safe substance with limited side-effects.

They saw many medical uses of this natural herbal supplement as an alternative and complementary medicine. According to their research, Kratom isn't like prescription opioids rather its a potential treatment of addictive opioids withdrawal symptoms.

Kratom users, on the other hand, says that it helps them to treat severe pain, anxiety, insomnia, and even depression. They are buying Kratom online, and from local smoke and head shops.

It's available in many forms, powder, capsules, tea bags, extracts, energy shots, and even in resin form.