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Federal Agency Kills Kratom

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  • In February 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released another warning against kratom, this time with supposedly “even stronger evidence” of kratom’s potential for abuse
  • The FDA stated it would call kratom, a natural plant, an “opioid,” perhaps paving the way for its eventual ban
  • In August 2016, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued a notice saying it was planning to ban kratom but changed its mind after a massive outcry from kratom users
  • Kratom leaves have been used as an herbal remedy for centuries not only to relieve pain but also to increase energy and enhance well-being

By Dr. Mercola

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is continuing its crusade to take down kratom (Mitragyna speciosa), a plant in the coffee family that’s earned the reputation for being an alternative to opioids. Native to tropical Southeast Asia, people in the area have used kratom leaves as an herbal remedy for centuries not only to relieve pain but also to increase energy and enhance well-being.


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