It’s called Kratom, and unlike bath salts, Spice or any of the synthetic, formerly ”legal” drugs on the DEA hit list, this one is entirely organic...
No OH MY GOD IT'S A DANGEROUS NEW DRUG—KILL IT! KIIILL IT! hysteria:
Kratom is not new to the United States. It’s been floating around the herbal marketplace for decades, sold as a tonic for a variety of uses...
Citing actual targeted research about actual stuff instead of blustery, ignorant politicians or doctors (just because a person is an MD doesn't make him/her/it an expert on everything):
A 2004 study on the tolerance and withdrawal effects of kratom in mice conducted jointly by the Josai International University in Japan and Chulalongkorn University in Thailand concluded that tolerance to 7-hydroxymitragynine (the chemical in Kratom thought to possess addictive properties) developed “as occurs to morphine,” and there was evidence of cross-tolerance to morphine, as well.
Not leaping to crazy conclusions:
But whether or not Kratom deserves a DEA-exempt existence among legal substances in the marketplace remains to be seen.
See, that wasn't so hard, was it?
The article leans toward the conservative side of the issue—I don't expect most reporters to float the argument that the prohibition of morphine makes it more dangerous—but at least it tries to be fair. Thanks, Forbes.