By Nick Wing, The Huffington Post, Thanks to Conscious Life News
When the Drug Enforcement Administration formally backed off plans last year to ban the herb kratom, the agency announced it would accept input from the public to help determine how to proceed. Over the next six weeks, the proposed rule change received 23,232 comments, almost all of which opposed the move toward prohibition, according to new data released Thursday.
The study, conducted by nonprofit groups the American Kratom Association and the American Coalition of Free Citizens, found that 99.1 percent of all comments submitted expressed support for keeping kratom legal. Just 113 comments were in favor of the DEA’s proposal.
Continue reading As DEA Decides Whether to Ban This Pain-Relieving Herb, 99% of Public Wants it to Stay Legal
By Brandon Turbeville, Natural Blaze
Members of both the Florida House and Senate are moving forward in an attempt to ban Kratom at the state level. The House version is known as House Bill 183 and the Senate version is S.B. 424.
What You Can And Need To Do:
1.) Contact your Congressmen and Senators in the Florida House and Senate and demand that they oppose the new legislation. Continue reading Action Alert – 1-24-17 Help Stop Florida’s Attempt To Ban Kratom
By Heather Callaghan, Natural Blaze
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association has just asserted that a delayed U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration ban on the kratom plant would stifle scientific understanding of the herb’s active chemical components and documented pharmacologic properties – if it goes through.
The special report cited the pharmacologically active compounds in kratom, including mitragynine, 7-hydroxymitragynine, paynantheine, speciogynine and 20 other substances as a reason to preserve rights to study it. Previously, only a couple of components were relatively known and, as it turns out, the government appears to have a keen interest in patents on them.
Additionally, the report stressed the vast amount of anecdotes and current research that demonstrates the herb to be a safe and non-addictive alternative to opioids which have proven to be disastrous and even deadly. There are now more people addicted to opioids than nicotine.
Study author Walter Prozialeck, chairman of the Department of Pharmacology at Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, said: Continue reading Osteopathic Association: Kratom An Opioid Alternative, Ban Would Stifle Science
Note from Wes: The decision to ban kratom may have actually been delayed. More info here: http://www.eraofwisdom.org/kratom-ban-no-longer-930-dea-says-timetable-indefinite/
By Carolanne Wright, Wake Up World
Used for thousands of years in Southeast Asia, kratom has attracted attention in the West as a potent natural medicinal that addresses a spectrum of health complaints — like pain, anxiety, sexual dysfunction, chronic fatigue, addiction, insomnia, stress and more. It’s such an effective herb that Thailand banned its cultivation and use — largely because it was such wildly popular, non-addictive alternative to opium, which ultimately threatened the economy.
Since history has a habit of repeating itself, it shouldn’t be surprising that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in the U.S. is following a similar path in outlawing the herb. Only this time, many feel kratom is being persecuted because the herb safely and economically replaces a range of pharmaceutical drugs. Notably, this change was made by the DEA as a ‘temporary’ scheduling order, bypassing the judicial review process that normally regulates Schedule I classification. Continue reading Another Win for Big Pharma — Holistic Health Herb Kratom Now a ‘Schedule I’ Drug
By Jahan Marcu PhD., Waking Times
It’s been used traditionally as both a medicine and a textile. It’s reportedly helpful for treating drug addiction, and its consumption has never resulted in a documented death from toxic overdose. But the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) considers it a dangerous drug with no medical value.
No, this isn’t about Cannabis. This is about the leaves of a native Southeast Asian tree commonly known as “Kratom.” Its official botanical name is Mitragyna speciosa, and it’s the only natural source of opioid alkaloids other than the poppy plant. Continue reading Is Kratom the CBD of Opioids?
By Anna Scanlon, Natural Society
In just over a week, the herbal supplement kratom will be listed as a Schedule I as seen on the U.S. Controlled Substances Act. This is due to the fact that the capsules contain mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, 2 substances which although are naturally occurring in the plant, are now classified as harmful by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
The DEA classifies a drug to be on Schedule I if it has no accepted medical use, has a potential for abuse, and lacks medical supervision, which cannot guarantee the safety of the person taking the substance. As kratom is known for its opioid-like qualities which many people take in place of painkillers, the move to ban it is seen by the DEA as a protective measure.  Continue reading Kratom to Be Banned in 1 Week – Many Find the Decision in Haste and Error
By Wes Annac, Editor-in-Chief, Culture of Awareness & Openhearted Rebel
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If you’ve been keeping up with alternative media outlets the past couple weeks, you probably know that the DEA just classified kratom, a tropical deciduous tree with leaves used for various medicinal purposes (1), a Schedule 1 substance.
This puts it in the same class as heroin (2). Continue reading Why Was This Natural Medicinal Substance Banned by the DEA?
By Jake Anderson, Anti Media
(ANTIMEDIA) On April 1st, I made a prediction about kratom on Facebook.
Man, do I hate being right. As of last week, according to the DEA, kratom will be categorized as a Schedule 1 drug.
Most people don’t even know what kratom is, so I didn’t expect much of a reaction to my original prediction. Even the clerks at local apothecaries doubted me. One herbalist said to me, “Nah man, they’ve been saying that for years. It’ll never happen.” Continue reading The DEA Is Literally About to Start Killing People by Banning Kratom
By Morgan Joylighter, Natural Blaze
My fundamental issue has always been that I was raised by physically and emotionally abusive parents in near-cult-like isolation.
That compromised my social skills, ability to feel relaxed or safe in normal human circumstances, and baseline neurochemistry in regards to contentment, happiness, and pleasure .
I have spent most of my life bouncing around between one addiction or compulsive destructive behavior and another, trying to find ways to temporarily fill the void I felt by being unable to see myself as a good person, feel loved, enjoy normal social activities without anxiety and self-loathing, or even keep my neurochemistry at a high enough level to avoid feeling suicidally depressed for much more than half of the time. Continue reading Kratom Helped Me Turn My Life Around, Now The DEA Has Banned It
By Brandon Turbeville, Activist Post
The DEA has recently made an emergency decision to place Kratom on the Schedule I list of controlled substances.
Find more information about the issue here:
Continue reading Action Alert: Help Stop The DEA’s Attack On Kratom