By now, you’ve most likely heard about the plant, Kratom, at some point in your life. Its popularity has soared in the last decade! Coming up and out from the underground, the miraculous plant is starting to hit the shelves of retailers everywhere.
….but what is it exactly?
Mitragyna Speciosa, commonly referred to as Kratom, is a tree native to South East Asia. Classified in the Rubicae family, it is a close relative to the coffee plant. This tropical plant is native to humid and warm environments. The plant itself can grow upwards of up to 15 feet tall! Different strains of the plant produce different physical characteristics
The consumption of Kratom has been going on for generations upon generations. Even back in its area of origin, Kratom has been used for centuries to help combat inflammation, fatigue, anxiety, depression, and help greatly in managing pain! Farmers in Southeast Asia would chew on the leaves of the plant itself to obtain its effects. The plant would help them in through day-to-day life.
The Kratom plant has been a staple remedy in the lives of thousands. It wasn’t only until recently that its reputation has been under heavy fire. Recently, the FDA has made claims that Kratom has killed people, and that people are misusing and overdosing on Kratom. It is near impossible to find news or information on Kratom that isn’t negative propaganda advocating it’s prohibition.
Why does the FDA hate Kratom?
Some people argue that large pharmaceutical corporations are losing millions as Kratom users drop unnecessary pain killers for a more natural alternative.
This idea is very much on the extreme side of the spectrum, nevertheless, it’s still a concern. Unlike other natural remedies people use, Kratom is one of the few that the FDA refuses to at least look into! They refuse to consider regulating Kratom, researching the components of Kratom, or testing Kratom for the medical industry! They would instead push to prohibit the plant completely, labeling it as a schedule one drug (a drug with absolutely no medical value).
Common Kratom advocates believe the FDAs stance on Kratom is absurd. Without help from the FDA, it is highly unlikely that the market for Kratom will ever become safely regulated.. Until today. It is up to consumers and Kratom advocates to help spread the news and awareness of safe brands to consume, and packaging/distribution regulations.