Yes, Kratom Is a Drug: Here’s Why

Enthusiasts of the supplement kratom, derived from the leaves of the Mitragyna Speciosa tree, have been giving the DEA, the FDA and us a hard time lately, in the case of the government because they want to ban it  due to a huge surge in poisonings and in our case since we called for the substance to be regulated just like any other drug. Some supporters don’t even believe that it is a drug, but it certainly is. Here’s why.

First, the definition from the FDA website (emphasis mine):

“A drug is defined as: A substance recognized by an official pharmacopoeia or formulary. A substance intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease. A substance (other than food) intended to affect the structure or any function of the body”

For the most part, this definition is clear, though there are some cases that might surprise you – because it is or isn’t, depending on

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