From the desk of...
Dr. Field Farrar
Founder of TestStackRx.com & Anorectant.com
The public was outraged because Kratom is used by everybody from blue-collar workers to athletes to relieve chronic pain‚ or deal with opioid withdrawal.
After hearing criticisms from Congress and numerous complaints‚ including the pro–Kratom petition‚ the DEA reversed their decision to criminalize Kratom.
This is amazing because it’s rare for the DEA to reverse a ban once it’s in place.
DEA Receives Backlash from Powerful Legislators
Kratom has become popular due to its tremendous pain–relieving effects‚ and its ability to help people cope with opioid/opiate withdrawal. This herb has been sold in smoke shops alongside e–cigarettes and tobacco for years.
But the DEA banned the southeastern Asian plant extract because people have died with Kratom in their system. They announced their intentions to make Kratom a Schedule 1 drug‚ putting it in the same class as cocaine‚ heroin‚ and anabolic steroids.
The big problem with this move is that everybody who died with Kratom in their system had also been taking multiple drugs too.
It didn’t take long before Kratom users and experts voiced their displeasure to legislators. This caused a group of 51 bipartisan U.S. representatives to slam the Obama administration for banning yet another compound. They also sent a letter to the DEA‚ urging them to reverse the ban.
“The DEA’s decision to place Kratom as a Schedule 1 substance will put a halt on federally funded research and innovation surrounding the treatment of individuals suffering from opioid and other addictions – a significant public health threat‚” read the statement.
Spearheaded by Mark Pocan (D.–Wi.) and Matt Salmon (R.–Az.)‚ the reps criticized the DEA’s decision to ban Kratom without considering “consumers‚ researchers‚ and other stakeholders.”
They added that the move “threatens the transparency of the scheduling process and its responsiveness to the input of both citizens and the scientific community.”
It appears that the representatives’ efforts‚ combined with public outrage‚ was enough for the DEA to reconsider their decision.
DEA’s Reversal Is “Shocking”
It might seem like this is just a case of the people being heard. But according to John Hudak‚ who studies drug policies at Brookings Institution (Washington D.C.)‚ the DEA’s reversal is a “shocking” move.
“The DEA is not one to second–guess itself‚ no matter what the facts are‚” said Hudak.
The agency backtracked on making Kratom a Schedule 1 drug due to public outcry and the need for more research.
“The DEA has received numerous comments from members of the public challenging the scheduling action‚ and requesting that the agency consider those comments and accompanying information before taking further notice‚” wrote acting DEA administrator Chuck Rosenberg.
As the Washington Post reports‚ nine senators said that the DEA’s “use of this emergency authority for a natural substance is unprecedented.”
Skepticism has forced the DEA to suspend their Kratom ban until they can really examine the situation. The agency will now wait until December 1st to make a decision‚ while asking the FDA to speed up a “scientific and medical evaluation and scheduling recommendation” for Kratom’s active compounds.
Once this evaluation is complete‚ the DEA could drop the matter or continue with plans to make the herb a Schedule 1 drug. In the latter case‚ lawmakers and the public can again weigh in on a potential ban.
Andrew Kruegel of Columbia University sees the FDA examining Kratom as a very positive development.
“Unfortunately‚ in the United States I don't think we have a good regulatory framework for handling this situation or taking perhaps more reasonable middle paths‚” said Kruegel.
“The FDA is a scientific agency rather than a law enforcement agency‚ so I am encouraged that they will now be having more serious input on this important policy decision.”
Test Stack & Other Herbal Supplements Saved by the Ban Reversal
The previous ban on Kratom had me really worried because it’s merely an herbal supplement – not a undergroud prescription drug.
Coincidentally‚ some suggest that Kratom was initially banned to satisfy pharmaceutical companies‚ which don’t want a quality alternative available for opioid withdrawal.
I began to fear the worst for a number of effective supplements that can compete with expensive prescription drugs.
But now that the DEA knows people won’t stand for them making totalitarian bans‚ some herbal supplements could be saved. Here’s a look at a few the DEA had their eye on banning:
Fish Oil – Fish oil is sometimes promoted as a compound that encourages brain cell growth and helps with mental illnesses. The FDA warned supplement companies not to make these claims‚ as there are plenty of prescription drugs for the very same purposes.
Boswelia Serrata – This tree resin has anti–inflammatory properties that make it an effective alternative treatment for arthritis‚ osteoarthritis‚ and tendonitis. This proves a grave threat to big pharmaceutical drugs like codeine‚ hydrocodone‚ morphine‚ and oxycodone.
Chondroitin Sulfate – Chondroitin Sulfate‚ a chain of alternating sugars‚ can stimulate cartilage production and improve blood flow to the joints.
Yohimbine – This Central African plant extract was formerly marketed as a way to improve erectile dysfunction. The US has since made it illegal to promote Yohimbine as an ED cure‚ and the plant extract is completely banned in Australia‚ Canada‚ the Netherlands‚ and the UK.
I was also worried that if the DEA bans an herbal supplement that’s been sold for years‚ they’ll eventually come after Test Stack No.17.
The reason why is because Test Stack contains a blend of 12 nutraceuticals and other compounds that can significantly increase your natural testosterone. Furthermore‚ I felt that they might target Test Stack as a performance–enhancing substance or ED alternative.
Thousands of men have used Test Stack No.17 to not only transform their physiques into strong muscular machines‚ inspiring both envy and admiration from other guys, but also to increase their libidos‚ and melt away unwanted fat.
I’m so glad to hear that the DEA has backtracked on banning Kratom. And while the herbal compound isn’t in the clear yet due to the December 1st decision‚ it’s great that public outcry combined with political support reversed a bad move.
If you have any questions or concerns whatsoever about Test Stack 17 being banned‚ or how you can stop the DEA from banning supplements‚ please do not hesitate to call me personally at (888) 852–8091 or you can reach me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.