Something I noticed this morning that makes no sense is this: The DEA, FDA, and lawmakers do not look at the vast majority of Kratom consumers, who cause no trouble at all and are virtually invisible from an enforcement standpoint. These people, who I conservatively estimate number 3 million, use the herb for pain, overcoming addiction to far more dangerous drugs, and for a variety of other health reasons.
Instead, lawmakers and regulatory agencies focus on the relatively small number of those who abuse and over-use Kratom -- often in combination with other drugs and chemicals. When these folks have a problem, lawmakers blame the herb itself -- not the fact that it is being misused by this small segment of multi-drug abusers.
Nevertheless, the DEA and the FDA approach Kratom as if it is an unregulated "drug" and must prove itself innocent, at great cost to those who wish to sell it. This cost, if it is forced on the vendors and importers of Kratom, must be passed along to the consumers, which will make Kratom unaffordable for many who need it the most -- the disabled medical consumers, for whom nothing works as well.
I will argue that treating this miraculous herb as if it is a threat to our health until proven otherwise is a baseless accusation. It is the wrong way to look at this situation.
For a fraction of the cost of taking President Obama and his entourage of Secret Service security agents and media to a weekend golf outing, the DEA or FDA could send a few scientists to Thailand to see what, if any, problems have turned up over hundreds of years of use of Kratom.
Or, they could save money by simply reviewing the medical literature produced by the studies that have been done on Kratom. I believe the DEA has done this and removed Kratom from their list of Drugs and Chemicals of Concern, thus signifying that Kratom is not a problem.
A press release, announcing this change would be very helpful, especially if it were issued with a simple explanation of what the real problem involving Kratom is: Adulterated or "spiked" Kratom. Kratom with dangerous synthetic drugs added.
Fortunately, spiking Kratom with synthetic drugs is a rare occurrence. It appears to be limited to the likely places where people -- looking for "legal highs" -- go: "headshops" and smokeshops.
Communicating the DEA's findings would be very helpful to the public, as well as to state police who are tasked with deciding if Kratom should be regulated or banned in their state.
In looking at a large group of people who consume Kratom -- and you see only very few problems, many of which are due to other factors (which should be considered) -- then, that is a good indication that Kratom will not prove to be a problem over the long run.
The DEA seems to have backed off on Kratom; the FDA, it's hard to tell.
The United States didn't start out to be a huge bureaucracy dedicated to micromanage the lives of every one, but that is what it has become over time. In fact, our country was set up to provide a legal framework that would allow many people of different religious beliefs and business interests to enjoy "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness". Very non-specific.
Many Kratom consumers arrived here looking for better answers to health issues than the mainstream medical establishment offered. Those with Fibromyalgia, Chronic Back and Joint Pain, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Lyme Disease, and Drug or Alcohol Addiction were searching for natural, low cost remedies that worked. They found a leaf from a tree that worked better than any drug their doctors had to offer.
This is human nature. Instead of banning Kratom and declaring war on creative "human nature", let's harness it to provide better relief for the many chronic pain sufferers at less cost -- by allowing herbs their historic place in human health care.
Over the 239 years since our country was founded we have abandoned simplicity, common sense, and efficiency in our government. Agencies have grown and taken on a life of their own.
This tendency to pass laws that try to micromanage people's preferences in how they choose to medicate themselves has become very expensive and unproductive. We have had massive die-offs of patients taking drugs like VIOXX as prescribed, with FDA blessing, so what guarantee does regulation provide?
When we consider the millions of people peacefully consuming Kratom and the very few of these who experience even minor health adverse effects, what is the point of regulation?
We don't need and can't afford a government that's dedicated to protecting us from ourselves.
Kratom is helping many more people than it is hurting. If they feel they need to quit Kratom, they should do that. It's simple and easy to do. It builds character and self-reliance. I am not buying the excuse that Kratom is "addictive".
I have pointed this out before: Kratom is helping society accomplish a major goal -- Ending addiction to opiates, opioids, and alcohol, almost painlessly, and at no cost to our government. We see people learning from their mistakes and turning over a new leaf (pardon the pun). What is that worth to our society?
This should be celebrated, not punished.
I'm in no position to lecture the FDA or DEA about what they should do about Kratom. I wish I was. But, if I could speak to them, I would point out how many U.S. citizens are being helped by Kratom, and how few are harming themselves by misusing it.
Human nature may be improved by allowing people the freedom to try things and learn from the results they get. Passing laws against the natural inclination to look for better solutions to medical and psychological challenges doesn't work.
Let's stop making war on human nature