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What is the effect of the new Alabama law banning kratom sales, possession, and consumption? We decided to ask residents who, up until May 10th had legal access to this helpful herb. This is what they told us.
In no other profession does the client have so little say in the choice of how satisfied he or she is, than in the services provided by a medical doctor and covered by health insurance. This fact was further emphasized when the state of Alabama further limited the choices of their citizens by making it a felony to possess or sell the popular medicinal herb kratom.
Many Alabama residents tried to express the importance of this herb for the unique relief it offers them, but the promoters of this harsh law were in a rush to pass the law and they made certain that other viewpoints went unheard.
Read more: The Impact of Alabama's Kratom Ban Harms Many Voters
The folks running the show in Alabama had a very successful technique for ignoring any science we brought to the table. We should call it, "Don't confuse us with the facts!" Kratom advocates were treated like liars, called "druggies", and were assumed to be lying to preserve access to their "fix".
Promoters of the ban in Alabama SB226 said nothing about the well-researched Florida Department of Law Enforcement report on the actual impact of Kratom on Florida in terms of law enforcement and public health. The impact was essentially zero.
Those pushing this bad bill just kept hammering away at their fear-mongering points: It hits the opioid receptors; children are abusing "Kratom"(but they meant Vivazen) and staggering around, acting crazy; they claimed there was someone in the hospital dying from Kratom -- all anecdotal evidence and hearsay, which would not be given any credence in a court of law.
Read more: Kratom - Let's Hope North Carolina Values Freedom More than Alabama
There is a lesson to be learned from the successes the American Kratom Association, together with its members and its partners, have accomplished recently. The lesson is that, by using coordinated educational campaigns to show lawmakers the benefits that Kratom is providing people in their state, we are able to keep Kratom legal almost every time. This is a simple process of presenting scientific facts and clearing up misrepresentations about this botanical. It is changing minds and the direction of our national conversation about Kratom.
This year, our work again started in Florida, where Representative Kristin Jacobs filed the same bill she was forced to withdraw last year. Ironically, a report that she requested from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) at the end of last year's session came back with some very supportive conclusions for Kratom and was provided to all the members of the Florida legislature.
Read more: The Power of Kratom Supporters Working Together
Why is there a double standard in the treatment of Kratom by the media vs. the way they treat FDA-approved prescription and OTC drugs?
There is an unearned assumption that FDA-approved products are safer, but the reality is that they're not. Far more deaths, liver failures, and other injuries are caused by OTC (Over the Counter) and prescription drugs each year than are caused by natural herbs.
In actuality, the media has lost most of its budget for investigative reporting, so what they generally tend to do is copy off the FDA/DEA talking points, craft them into a news report, and call it good. As a result, they all tend to sound very similar.
The question arises, "Where do the FDA and DEA get their facts?" That's a good question. The answer is, "It's hard to tell."
Read more: Why the FDA Double Standard on Kratom?
Kratom, that mysterious herb that evening news reporters urge us to fear, is actually doing a better job at ending opioid drug addiction than pricey drug rehab stays ever could. Why is there so much blind opposition to what is clearly American ingenuity at work?
The Answer Is Obvious: Money! Conventional Drug Rehab is Big Business with 40-60% Return Customers.
In the USA, painkiller addiction usually starts with a visit to the doctor. Addiction should be no surprise when we have so many painful conditions for which the medical profession has no cures. Primarily, doctors rely on pain relieving opioid drugs to ease the symptoms. Many patients manage to walk the fine line of dependence and avoid addiction, but others, for a variety of reasons, do not succeed at this tightrope act.
The widespread use of Kratom is merely a populist response to a massive problem that is not being addressed in a user-friendly fashion. We have no clear idea of how much Kratom use is medicinal and how much is recreational, but the medicinal users are more in need of a voice. They have a compelling story that is not being told -- and they stand to lose a lot, as a result, if Kratom is banned.
Read more: Kratom - A Creative Solution to America's Addiction Epidemic
What does the suicide of Ian Mautner tell us about Kratom? Can we draw any worthwhile conclusions because one young man chooses to kill himself while under the influence of antidepressants, caffeine, Kratom, and an anti-seizure medication?
Why Blame Kratom?
Kratom is used daily by millions of Americans for chronic pain, anxiety, fatigue, depression, blood-sugar control and to produce a general feeling of well-being without impairment. If it causes suicide, why aren't we seeing more suicides? Instead, among the converts to Kratom, we hear stories of a renewed enjoyment of life, after years of wanting to die while they took antidepressants.
It is ridiculous that we are hearing Ian Mautner's story all over again! This story is a "red herring" left to distract the public from the significant issues that should be discussed concerning pharmaceutical vs. naturally-occurring remedies for depression.
Read more: Ian Mautner's Suicide and Kratom -- Any Connection?
If you’ve happened to keep up with the media’s reports on Kratom over the last year, you may have noticed one similar, recurring statement in all of them that sounds something like “Kratom has not been found to carry any medicinal value.” How could this possibly be? These news and government organizations are trying to tell me that despite the use of this plant for 100’s of years and the countless success stories that can be found on the internet today for its multiple uses, not a single person has thought to actually test Kratom out in a laboratory setting? No way I say, so I took it upon myself to figure this out. About 60 seconds later I found a site with 10 different research papers written over the last 30 years, which I’ve linked to at the bottom of this article. Reading through them, I found out quite a bit of interesting information.
Read more: Has Kratom been found to carry medicinal value?
Seeing Flakka As the Predictable Consequence of Banning Marijuana
Please Note: This is my own personal opinion and is not an official position of the American Kratom Association.
By banning marijuana 78 years ago, consequences are showing up today in the form of really dangerous drugs like Flakka. Kratom, which is nothing like marijuana in its effects, is also threatened with a ban because of confusion in the minds of many police and lawmakers over the small possibility that some may be adulterated, with chemicals like Flakka, just to slip it by the eyes of the law.
Some, at the FDA and elsewhere, also fret that kratom is habit-forming -- Oooooh! -- just like it's dangerous relative, the coffee bean!
The confusion over the true nature of kratom has sprung up due to the repeated reference to inaccurate talking points published by the FDA and DEA and repeated by newscasters, who do no independent fact-checking to determine if they are true.
I have discussed some of the laughable exaggerations and false claims made by the FDA/DEA here.
There is a simple solution to this complex problem: Cut it off at the root. Reverse the ban on cannabis, let kratom be itself, and prosecute those who sell adulterated kratom.
Read more: Flakka Is the Predictable Consequence of an Earlier Prohibition
Many of Kratom's medicinal consumers use the botanical for pain caused by one or more conditions, but some of these same people also are afflicted with epilepsy and seizures from brain injuries, such as chiari malformation. In chatting online with a group of these folks, their opinion is that Kratom does not make their condition worse and some say they have had no more seizures since they began taking Kratom.
Many Mainstream Medical Professionals Say Kratom Is Associated with or "Causes" Seizures -- So, What are We to Believe?
I will be the first to admit that the positive testimonials I have heard are the unverified personal experiences of Kratom consumers. This data was gathered from a small group of folks who have had seizures. I make no claim that this is proof of Kratom's safety and it is certainly not advice for anyone to base a decision whether they or a family member should take Kratom, especially if they have had seizures in the past.
Having said all this, I did look at several of the published, peer-reviewed studies, based on which the FDA, DEA, and others claim that Kratom causes seizures -- and I found several of these studies to be very sloppy science.
Read more: Does Kratom - By Itself - Cause Seizures?
Almost every person, whether man or woman; has struggled with skin care issues on occasion. It can be a battle to find products that are good for your skin. Skin type, complexion, and underlying health issues must all be factored in when deciding how to care for the largest organ on the human body; our skin. Often-times hundreds of dollars are spent trying to correct issues that are never fully resolved. The solution may very well lie in a holistic alternative to the average beauty product. Kratom beauty and skin care products have been reported to benefit skin tone, complexion, muscle aches, and overall well-being.
To begin with, I have been using Kratom beauty products for over a month and I have noticed a considerable difference in my skin. The Kratom soap I purchased from Kratom Fairy Bath & Body cleared up patches of itchy, dry skin. I also noticed a difference in the muscle aches I experience because of my chronic fatigue syndrome. My skin tone has evened out a bit as well, and the only change I made was switching my soap. Angie Metzener, owner of Angie’s Astrology on Facebook had great things to say about her Kratom soap as well, “I’ve been using it on my face. It seems to be helping the dry patches and clearing any breakouts I’ve been getting.”
Read more: Kratom for Beauty and Health
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