It Would be a Mistake to Ban Kratom! – Experts Say

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The Botanical Legal Defense (BLD), an educational and advocacy group focused on promoting and protecting the medicinal and therapeutic benefits of natural plants and herbal supplements, is concerned that Kratom is, at times, misrepresented as dangerous and without medical value. However, Kratom is a plant, not a synthetic chemical or “street drug.” Valuable dietary supplements and medicines can be derived from Kratom. Many peer reviewed studies and clinical trials attest to the medical potential of this plan

Ryan Estevez, MD, PhD, MPH – “I am well versed in both ‘good’ drugs that help people on a daily basis, and ‘bad’ drugs that are epidemically abused and create a tremendous burden on society. Kratom is [a natural herbal supplement] and not one of these ‘bad’ drugs (I have yet to admit anyone for kratom-addiction) and efforts to ban it are misguided and wasteful. he proposal of an absolute ban of Kratom perfectly illustrates what can happen when hype trumps science, as this plant has been benefiting millions of people for decades of time.

Phil Schoenwetter, MD, “Adverse events are infrequent and when occurring are minimal, transient, and most often is light heartburn lasting a few hours. Kratom already is a ‘must have’ adjunct to numerous long term conditions and its role in my practice already exceeds the ‘usual and customary’ uses that one normally will find referenced in literature found on the internet.”

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