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New Kratom Capsules Are Legal But Might Be Dangerous

Kratom capsules are one of the legal highs that has been swept (and kept) under the rug.  Bath salts and K2 caused a national distress so great that officials were driven to attempt to ban them. But all the while, Kratom capsules flew under the radar.  Along with this, the partial legalization and decriminalization of once-banned drugs like marijuana is currently causing great confusion and controversy amongst the public, so the media rarely gets to entertain the thought of Kratom being the latest easily accessible legal high on the rise.  However, Jack Riley, an official of Chicago’s drug enforcement agency (DEA), stated that the drug was a “potentially deadly addictive sedative.”

What Are Kratom Capsules?

Mitragyna speciosa, otherwise known to the public as Kratom, comes from a tree in countries among Asia.  The substance is said to produce similar effects that opiates would, as it is described as providing a calming sensation.  Kratom can come in the form of a pill, powder, or tea known as kava.  It is typically promoted for being part of the “coffee family.”  Although this makes it sound safe and equivalent in effectiveness to the regular beverage, the advertisements for Kratom can be misleading.  The substance has been attributed to an appointed several number of poisonings, some of which were reported in the U.S.  Despite people claiming to feel a sense of pleasure and peace, taking too many Kratom capsules can cause hallucinations, delusions, rage, shakes, constipation, and sickness.  Withdrawing from Kratom is said to be nearly on par with getting off heroin.  Though greater quantities of the drug provide a similar high to heroin, low dosages can be compared to that of a stimulant drug.

History Of Kratom

Although mention of the substance has weaved its way in and out of news articles in the recent past couple of years or so, Kratom has actually been around for centuries.  It was most popular in Thailand for its intended herbal treatment as medicinal purposes.  However, because it helped people stop using opium which ultimately decreased the amount of tax money for the country as a result, Thailand banned Kratom approximately 70 years ago.

Attempted Ban in U.S.

Several states in the U.S. have made an attempt to ban Kratom in the past couple of years.  One of the states was Indiana, where representatives took measures by passing a bill that added the chemical compounds in kratom to be part of banned controlled substances.  The only problem with this was that the alkaloids in the substance are not synthetic because Kratom is derived from nature’s plants, and the bill is only specific to synthetic moderation’s of a controlled substance.  In other words, the bill failed to make Kratom illegal in Indiana.  This was the same situation for Tennessee.  Louisiana, on the other hand, passed a bill that made it illegal for the substance to be sold to anyone under the age of 18 years old.  Bills that were specified on prohibiting the substances’ leaves have also failed to be passed in Iowa and Vermont.  Sarasota County in Florida has followed a ban on the sale of kratom since the beginning of 2014.  Other Florida counties like Pinellas County and Palm Beach County may follow a similar restriction, but there is no official word as of yet.  Kratom capsules became listed as a “Drug and Chemical of Concern” by the U.S. and are prohibited by those who serve in the U.S. army and navy.

Growing Controversy

Though officials fear that the use of Kratom capsules could lead to abusing illegal, more potent and dangerous drugs, some of the public hold their stance on the substances’ benefits.  Like many other drugs, the fate for Kratom is widely debated.  In the recovery world, some addicts do not see use of the substance as a relapse.  Taking Kratom to get high is considered a relapse, regardless of whether it is legal or not.  The common comparison with alcohol can be used to demonstrate how the legality of a drug does not make an addict immune to becoming addicted to it.

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