If you were looking for a drug to kick-start your day, you’d probably go for a kratom.
But as the plant continues to rise in popularity, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has come out in support of the plant, saying it can help treat opioid addiction and could help prevent people from dying from an overdose.
Kratom is often used to treat insomnia, pain, anxiety and depression, and as a recreational drug, it can be sold over the counter.
But with the popularity of kratom growing, DEA officials have been taking a closer look at the drug.
DEA says there’s no evidence kratom can be a danger to users.
So what’s the real science behind kratom?
The DEA says it has a “robust evidence base” to show kratom is safe for use and doesn’t have any known health risks.
So it’s unclear how kratom will impact the opioid epidemic.
And the DEA doesn’t recommend people get addicted to kratom just yet.
But the DEA says kratom should be considered a Schedule I controlled substance, which is reserved for substances with no medical value.
Schedule I drugs are listed by the government as having a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical use, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency.
The DEA lists a few other substances, including heroin and LSD, as Schedule I substances, but not kratom, which has a higher potential for addiction.
Schedule 1 drugs are generally considered dangerous.
Some of the Schedule 1 substances are more dangerous than others, and they’re usually listed on the federal government’s list of the most dangerous drugs.
But kratom has been approved by the DEA for use in treating chronic pain, nausea, seizures, and other conditions.
As the DEA reviews kratom’s safety, the agency is taking a more cautious approach than in the past.
DEA’s new position The DEA said its new position, published in the Federal Register on Wednesday, is “not based on scientific data or evidence.”
In a statement, the DEA said the agency has not reviewed the data and research supporting its decision to put kratom on Schedule I. The agency has also taken a longer view on the kratom plant.
The government has classified kratom as a Schedule 1 substance because it has been found to have “no accepted medical benefit.”
But the Drug Policy Alliance, an advocacy group that works on drug policy reform, said the DEA’s decision isn’t based on science or evidence, but instead is based on politics and a desire to keep the opioid crisis from getting out of control.
“The drug war is about keeping people from taking their medicine, not keeping people safe,” said Andrew Kolodny, the group’s vice president for policy and government affairs.
“If we want to be a nation that works for people, not just billionaires, we need to make sure the opioid addiction epidemic is dealt with.”
Kratom and opioids are linked to addiction The DEA has also acknowledged that kratom could be linked to opioid addiction.
The drug, kratom leaf, contains a compound called mitragynine, which can help relieve opioid-induced pain and can lower blood pressure.
And while kratom does not appear to be linked with any type of opioid overdose, it is linked to the potential for overdose, according a report published in November in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Mitragynines are found in a number of other drugs, including painkillers, antidepressants and stimulants.
And kratom and opioid addiction The fact that kava has been linked to drug addiction in some countries means it could be used as a therapeutic tool to treat opioid pain, said Alex Jaffe, an associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and Biochemistry.
Kava, he said, has been shown to reduce pain in people with chronic pain.
And he said it’s also used as an anti-anxiety drug.
But there are some risks associated with using kratom that make it a risky choice.
Jaffe said kratom users can be exposed to a variety of toxins, including pesticides and heavy metals.
Kamiya Ochiai, a professor at Rutgers University School of Medicine who has studied kratom use, said it could have health risks, particularly when used in combination with other drugs.
“There are so many risks associated and it’s been used as both a painkiller and a stimulant,” Ochiasi said.
“It’s not going to be helpful for most people.”