Kratom is a highly controversial non-regulated drug that is used for anything from making tea to treating chronic pain. It’s even suggested that it may help and alleviate heroin/opioid withdrawal. But does it really work? Why hasn’t it been approved by the FDA? And why is the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) trying to make it illegal in the United States?
What is Kratom?
Kratom is a tree originating from Southeast Asia. It has been used for years for relieving chronic pain, anxiety and as a form of expression from natives of Southeast Asia. It’s leaves can even be chewed or dried, ground and made into a tea. Many people use Kratom in place of their pain medications, anxiety medications and anti-depressants. Kratom contains active alkaloids, like mitragynine which is an opioid agonist that has an affinity for the opioid receptors in the brain – though Kratom itself is not an opioid.
Kratom is part …