So much debate over kratom. Kind of reminds me of the pot debate going on a few years back. of course smoking pot isn't good for you-after all your putting carbon monoxide into your lungs... Cannabis oil ( or even CBD oil if you don't like or need THC ) can however be a lifesaver for some. It has been proven to help with pain, help REVERSE small cell cancers --media doesn't tell you that one. Has the ability to help those with crippling anxiety and depression function a normal life. Can stop seizures in their tracks...I would know because I use it for every single one of these things except cancer, which my dad did and he is doing wonderful now. Many other benefits if not abused. But it can be abused and many do. I am afraid I am guilty of many years of that. I still am coughing up tar. I haven't smoked in over a year. Alcohol was made illegal for years before the government decided that they just couldn't stop the production of it so they might as well sell it and tax it! Great plan! Except that it allowed me to be an alcoholic by the age of 18. Abusing it at 15 heavily. Now like I just said all things can be abused and I do have a history of abusing just about everything. So if not abused let's look at the health benefits this narcotic ( I'll call it that since that is what the THC in marijuana is classified as a class one narcotic-just like Heroin) has. If red wine is consumed in moderation then it can be beneficial to your kidneys and help your digestive tract stay free of some harmful bacteria. It can help you relax, at the end of the day. I suppose it can help with sleep-although it has always made me hyper in moderation. I honestly cannot think of another health benefit. I actually Googled it. Even with "health benefits" isolated in the search bar all I came up with was rehab offers and helplines. Some of which I recognized because I had called them myself in the past. This site also came up. I'm honestly trying to give alcohol a fair shot here and it didn't turn out very well. Alcohol goes down in my book as THE SUCKIEST DRUG you can purchase without a prescription. That only second to the legal benzos- which are the worst. By Far. So now for the kratom. I have done a lot of research over the past few nights and I am now convinced that my convictions need a second thought. I have a very large and mixed up word document full of notes and articles and even a couple of e-mails that I moved over that I received back from two reputable distributors. I will finish this post tomorrow and put my collected findings together, here in this thread. Before I do I'm waiting to hear back from a compounding pharmacist that I know who has a lot of knowledge on this plant. I want to know if it can help internal organs function that are opioid dependant. I still do not have an answer to that question. But I have now posted the thread I said I would and invite all opinions and thoughts. I hope this will invite some friendly conversation while i'm compiling my findings. I'm still on the fence. Being opioid dependant on Subutex however I really would think it would be great if there were an herbal answer to my kidney problem. Trading benzos for plant oil, opioids that I'm already relying on for another plant seems kinda like a "vegan" version of my solution. Taking medication. Yes this plant is addictive. Ever seen someone detox off of Subs? So I'm not very concerned about that since I have already ruled out for certain that this is not as bad of a detox. My doctor thinks it should be legalized and studied and used. What do you think?