DEA Bans Herbal Supplement Kratom – Anorecant and Test Stack Could Be Next
The DEA has banned the herbal supplement Kratom due to its extreme effectiveness.
Kratom is now a Schedule 1 drug‚ meaning it comes with the same penalties as LSD and heroin.
Keep reading to see what other natural supplements the DEA is thinking of banning.
From the desk of...
Dr. Field Farrar
Founder of TestStackRx.com & Anorectant.com
The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has banned the herbal supplement known as Kratom‚ classifying it as a Schedule 1 drug – putting it on the same level as heroin‚ LSD‚ and marijuana.
Kratom‚ a natural herbal supplement widely used in Southeast Asia‚ gained popularity in the United States as a means of healing chronic pain and managing opioid withdrawal.
Now that Kratom is banned and classified as a dangerous narcotic‚ researchers and users of this drug are angry.
Let’s discuss why people are so mad about the new Kratom ban‚ and cover more supplements that could soon become illegal‚ including Test Stack No.17 and Anorectant No.10.
Kratom Ban Has Sparked Outrage
Kratom has been sold at online retails and smoke shops for years in the US. Although this supplement is sold alongside products like e–cigarettes‚ hookah‚ and tobacco‚ Kratom is purchased by everybody from construction workers to athletes who want to relieve chronic pain.
What’s special about Kratom is that it’s not only effective in soothing pain and helping former opioid/opiate addicts‚ but it’s also natural‚ cheaper and less addicting than prescription drugs that treat the same problem
Given this‚ many are outraged that the DEA has declared Kratom to be an “imminent threat to public safety.”
Why Was Kratom Banned?
The DEA cites 15 Kratom–related deaths between 2014 and 2016 as the reason behind outlawing this herbal supplement. They also used poison center cases resulting from Kratom to support the ban.
But one problem with this is that most of the deaths and poison center cases were attributed to a mixture of multiple drugs – not just Kratom.
Even a DEA spokesman named Russ Bear admitted that they couldn’t prove this supplement is as dangerous as Schedule 1 drugs.
“We’re not saying Kratom is more dangerous than some of your schedule 2 prescription opioids‚” Baer said. “We’re not saying Kratom is as dangerous as heroin – as fentanyl. We’re simply saying that at this point‚ until the FDA determines otherwise‚ Katrom fulfills the statutory criteria for a Schedule 1 controlled substance.”
The main components of Kratom are mitragyine and 7–hydroxymitragyine‚ both of which act on some of the brain’s opioid receptors.
Oliver Grundmann‚ a medicinal chemistry professor at the University of Florida‚ points out that these compounds produce similar effects to heroin or prescription pills‚ but on a weaker level.
Grundmann is one of the researchers who thinks that the DEA was too hasty in banning this supplement‚ given Kratom’s benefits and mild nature.
“We don’t know enough about kratom‚ as of yet‚ to label it the same way as heroin‚” said Grundmann.
What Other Supplements Will the DEA Ban?
This isn’t the first time that the DEA has declared an herbal supplement illegal‚ and it won’t be the last.
Jag Davies‚ director of communications at Drug Policy Alliance‚ says that making Kratom a Schedule 1 drug sets it up for the difficult path to legalization that cannabis has endured.
“Kratom suffers the same fate that every other medicinal plant faces in the medical system‚” he said. “Which is that there’s no financial incentive for pharmaceutical companies to put a plant that anyone can grow through clinical trials.”
Considering this‚ it’s only a matter of time before the DEA begins declaring other herbal supplements illegal – especially those that the major pharmaceutical companies aren’t involved with.
Here’s a look at a few herbal supplements that could potentially be illegal in the future.
Banning this sounds crazy‚ right?
So many people use fish oil‚ from bodybuilders who want to maintain healthy joints to people who want to combat psoriasis.
And the potential side effects of fish oil – bad breath‚ heartburn‚ nosebleeds‚ nausea‚ and rash – are nonexistent or very mild under moderate dosages.
Research shows that fish oil can help improve brain damage or improve a healthy brain because of its high level of omega–3– fatty acids‚ which encourage brain cell growth.
But according to OffTheGridNews‚ the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seeks to ban anything that could be a natural alternative to what pharmaceutical companies are offering. And if they can get something classified as a drug‚ the DEA can enforce the ban.
The FDA has warned sellers to avoid making claims that fish oil will enhance the growth of brain cells and help with mental illness.
OffTheGridNews suspects that the FDA doesn’t want anybody looking outside of psychiatric drugs like Prozac‚ which is one of the biggest sellers for the pharmaceutical industry.
This doesn’t necessarily mean that fish oil will be banned in the near future. But given that the FDA is tight with major pharmaceutical companies‚ anything is possible in this regard.
Boswellia‚ a.k.a. Indian frankincense‚ is a tree resin that has anti–inflammatory properties. This makes it a useful treatment for arthritis‚ joint pain‚ osteoarthritis‚ and tendonitis.
Other problems that Boswellia can help with include asthma‚ Crohn’s disease‚ headaches‚ inflammatory bowel disease‚ and skin appearance.
Boswellia has even been touted as an effective cancer treatment.
Yet another good thing about this tree sap is that its only side effects include an allergic rash‚ diarrhea‚ nausea‚ and stomach pain.
Despite all of the good that this supplement can do‚ versus the mild side effects‚ Boswellia was one of the key supplements discussed by the FDA’s 2016 Pharmacy Compounding Advisory Committee.
The committee will meet again in March 2017 to decide whether or not they’ll allow Boswellia supplements on the market.
This chain of alternating sugars is another supplement that the FDA’s Pharmacy Compound Advisory Committee will scrutinize next March.
Chondroitin Sulfate is mostly effective as an osteoarthritis treatment‚ although it also stimulates cartilage production and improves blood circulation to the joints as well.
To date‚ research has not shown any major side effects associated with this supplement. There are suggestions that Chrondroitin could worsen asthma and prostate cancer‚ but this hasn’t been proven yet.
Because of this‚ I have a hard time figuring out how the FDA can legitimately classify Chondroitin Sulfate as an illegal drug.
But they’ll probably find some way if it threatens established osteoarthritis pain medications like codeine‚ hydrocodone‚ morphine‚ and oxycodone. All these osteoarthritis pain medications contribute to the ever growing opioid epidemic seen worldwide.
Supplements with Yohimbine
Yohimbine is a plant extract from Central Africa that’s marketed as an effective pre–workout supplement and (formerly) a way to improve erectile dysfunction.
But Yohimbine also has serious potential side effects‚ including abdominal pain‚ anxiety‚ hallucinations‚ hypertension‚ lethargy‚ and renal failure. Of course‚ the more–serious side effects are normally only seen with high dosages.
Yohimbine has been banned in Australia‚ Canada‚ the Netherlands‚ and the UK. It’s also illegal in the US to market this plant extract as an ED cure.
Aside from the ED marketing caveat‚ Yohimbine is found in hundreds of supplements throughout the US. But I wouldn’t be surprised if the DEA bans Yohimbine at some point in the future if they feel the need.
Test Stack No.17
There are a large number of testosterone boosters on the market. But I’m worried that the DEA might eventually single out Test Stack No.17 due to all of the powerful herbs and plant extracts that it contains.
Two of the most–effective ingredients are the South African plant extracts Bulbine Natalensis and Fadogia Agrestis. Studies have shown that Bulbine Natalensis and Fadogia Agrestis can increase your testosterone by up to 347% and 200% respectively.
Other ingredients in Test Stack that accelerate your testosterone include Cnidium Monnieri‚ D–Aspartic Acid‚ Fadogia Agrestis‚ Paeonia Lactiflora‚ Shilajet‚ and zinc.
As you may know‚ testosterone is crucial with regard to building muscle‚ melting fat‚ and increasing strength. And one reason why anabolic–androgenic steroids (AAS) are illegal is because of the rush of synthetic testosterone that they deliver to athletes.
Test Stack No.17 may not provide the unworldly rush of synthetic testosterone that AAS does. But it does increase your natural testosterone‚ without the same post–cycle crash that you experience with steroids.
Even still‚ I’m worried that Test Stack is effective enough that the DEA will consider banning it‚ or at least some of its compounds like Bulbine Natalensis and Fadogia Agrestis. After all‚ these ingredients give athletes a huge surge of testosterone that’ll help them excel over the competition.
If Test Stack No.17 does get banned‚ you should check it out here before that ever happens.
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