Maia Szalavitz published an article – Why Banning the Controversial Painkiller Kratom Could Be Bad News for America’s Heroin Addicts – that provides an excellent overview of kratom and the harmful effects of banning the herb.
It sounds like the perfect drug. At low doses, it’s stimulating, like a strong cup of coffee; at higher doses, it’s sedating and kills pain. And it’s a legal, natural plant that has been used in Asian medicine for centuries. Indeed, a growing number of Americans are finding it to be a useful alternative to heroin and prescription pain relievers.