Khat is a mild, leaf-shaped stimulant that grows in the jungles of Thailand. Khat contains a monoaminealkaloid called cathinone; an amphetamine-like stimulant. In 1980, the World Health Organization classified khat as a drug that can produce mild to moderate psychological dependence. Strangely, it might also be a cure for meth addiction.
Recently the Thai Minister for Justice, Pradit Sintavanarong, announced that he wants the kratom leaf removed from the country’s illicit drugs list. He claims it could help wean addictsoff harder stimulants, like methamphetamine.
Meth is a big problem in Thailand. Nearly one in every 60 Thai citizens is a methamphetamine user. It’s commonly taken in a pill form that blends meth and caffeine, coincidentally the concoction is the very same the Nazis invented during WWII to keep them marching across Europe for days on end. In 2012, nearly 7,000 children – as young as seven – had been rehabilitated for meth. According to the Guardian:
“The pills come in a pretty rainbow of colours – purple, pink, orange and green – and boast flavours such as chocolate and strawberry to mask the bitter concoction of drugs inside.”
Kratom might be a progressive approach for meth addiction in Thailand, but surely the DEA, FDA, and NIDA (National Institute for Drug Abuse) would prevent any type of research in the United States to combat meth addiction.
ILLEGAL DRUGS THAT HAVE MEDICAL BENEFITS:
Medical Marijuana: A Schedule 1 drug in America, meaning the DEA considers it as dangerous as heroin – with no medicinal benefits. Sorry terminally ill cancer patients…
LSD: An extensive study done in the 1960s and ’70s showed that severe recovering alcoholics were weaned from drinking excessively using LSD. This was noted from a government-funded study with over 500 participants in which all were administered a single dose of acid.
Cocaine: Is valuable for treating lacerations. It’s an effective local anesthetic and quickly numbs the area in question.
Heroin: An opiate; a class of drugs commonly used as painkillers and more effective than morphine.
Ecstasy: Treats people with post-traumatic stress disorder. The reason is the same reason you take it in clubs…it makes people happy.