WTF Is Kratom & Is It A Dangerous Drug?

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency has recently decided to ban a new drug called Kratom. What is it? And why do some people want to keep it legal?

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Should Kratom Use Be Legal?
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/should-kratom-be-legal/
“Thailand is considering legalizing kratom as a safer alternative for meth addicts, and U.S. researchers are studying its potential to help opiate abusers kick the habit without withdrawal side effects. Is that a good thing?”

Kratom: Treating Addiction with Addiction
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/medical-discovery-news-/kratom-treating-addiction_b_9857134.html
“The use of kratom as a painkiller or to treat depression or for the mild high it provides is gaining in popularity, but its potential dangers are not well understood.”

Kratom Advocates Speak Out Against Proposed Government Ban
http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/09/12/493295493/kratom-advocates-speak-out-against-proposed-government-ban
“People have uploaded hundreds of videos talking about why they drink or swallow kratom pills – veterans coping with PTSD, recovering alcoholics, people with fibromyalgia. A petition on WhiteHouse.gov to keep it legal has more than 118,000 signatures.”
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