Should Kratom be banned?

Should Kratom be banned?

Recently the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a public statement concerning the “deadly risks” associated with the ingestion of a herb commonly referred to as kratom, also referred to as ketum, biak-biak, kakuam, ithang, or thom. This follows a response by law-makers in some US States that have out-right banned the use of kratom, and an intention by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in 2016 to place kratom into Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. North of the border in Canada, kratom is allowed for sale but has not been approved for use by Health Canada, and thus like in other US states where it isn’t banned, it is being sold euphemistically as “incense powder” or some other non-helpful product description to skirt its quasi-legal status. Clearly there are some regulatory issues here that need to be resolved, but what are we to make of the FDA’s claim that kratom is “deadly”? What is Kratom? Pronounced “kra-TOM” in the Thai language, kratom is one among several sp … [Read more...]