I urge readers to check out this HuffPo piece about Kratom
, an herb with a long, long history. The DEA wants to make Kratom a Schedule 1 drug.
But the DEA, in its Federal Register notice, dismisses these applications, seizing on the herb’s addictive potential and declaring that kratom is being “misused” to self-treat chronic pain and opioid withdrawal symptoms.
If the herb has been used for God-knows-how-many years in Southeast Asia with no problems, I would say that the "addictive potential" was pretty low. Question: What the hell is wrong
with self-treating chronic pain?