Legalizing Kratom in Thailand?

KratomThe government of Thailand has recently opened yet again the possibility of legalizing the use of kratom. It was banned in the country 70 years ago after the plant has been found to be very addictive. Today, however, Thailand is attempting to legalize kratom due the population’s growing use and dependence on crystal meth.

Meanwhile in the US, more and more studies are being conducted on the positive uses and effects of kratom. It is believed to help drug addicts to be weaned from addiction. Based on research including those conducted by the University of Massachusetts Medical School, many believe kratom is a safe alternative to methadone in treating opioid addictions.

Before the ban, early kratom users in Thailand ate the leaves to stimulate manual labor while maintaining a pleasant mood. They were subjected to challenging work situations and therefore needed a kind of stimulant drug to get them going.

Kratom pertains to the leaves of Mitragyna speciosa, which is endemic to South-East Asia, more particularly in Thailand. It has been used as a drug for centuries. The leaves were either chewed and eaten or dried and crushed for smoking. Some users in Thailand juice the leaves and mix it with cough syrup to produce a potent beverage called “4×100”.

Today, it is widely sold in the US as leaf powder, gel caps and tea. People purchase these to feel relaxed since it has mild analgesic properties. It acts similarly to morphine and opium, and therefore has been used to combat opioid addiction. According to research, most purchases are made by people 30 to 40 years old, although kratom is becoming more and more popular among American college students.

While kratom users and believers are making strides in Thailand, its legalization in the US or elsewhere in the world might take a considerable amount of time and a great deal of modern research to come about. The US Drug Enforcement Administration has stated that kratom has no legitimate medical use and is known to have psychoactive properties. It is also illegal in Australia, Myanmar and Malaysia, and virtually unknown in many other countries in the world.

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