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The Impact of Alabama's Kratom Ban Harms Many Voters

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The Impact of Alabama's Kratom Ban Harms Many Voters

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.

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Kratom - Let's Hope North Carolina Values Freedom More than Alabama

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Kratom - Let's Hope North Carolina Values Freedom More than Alabama

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.

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Why the FDA Double Standard on Kratom?

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Why the FDA Double Standard on Kratom?

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."

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Ian Mautner's Suicide and Kratom -- Any Connection?

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Ian Mautner's Suicide and Kratom. Any Connection?

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.

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Has Kratom been found to carry medicinal value?

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Has Kratom been found to carry medicinal value?

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.

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Flakka Is the Predictable Consequence of an Earlier Prohibition

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Flakka Is the Predictable Consequence of an Earlier Prohibition

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.

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Kratom for Beauty and Health

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Kratom for Beauty and Health

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.”

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Why Does the U.S. Allow Medical Banditry?

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Why Does the U.S. Allow Medical Banditry?

Paying the Price of Freedom.

I would like to see an old custom in our country brought back: The freedom to take whatever you want into your body, so long as you're prepared to be responsible for the consequences. No more whining to the state or federal government that someone poisoned you or gave you a tummy ache. This puts the responsibility for doing some accurate research back on us. It's a big task, but I do it all the time now and my health is better than those who let the average MD do their research for them.

Obviously, businesses selling Kratom must guarantee that their product is not adulterated with other substances, or contaminated with microbial organisms. That might give the FDA something legitimate to do, or it could be guaranteed by private testing agencies.

This practice of self-responsibility -- if it was brought back -- would bring about big changes in American society. I think it would be a very good thing.

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An excuse for crushing Kratom

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An excuse for crushing Kratom

Last year, Americans spent an estimated $374 billion on prescription drugs, up 13 percent from the year before. These drugs include OxyContin, Vicodin, Percocet and others that the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved for sale without regard to their potential for abuse.

Meanwhile, the “potential for abuse” was used for many years to block even a discussion of the possible medical benefits of cannabis. And now federal officials are using it again to attack another potential natural remedy, Kratom.

Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa), which derives from a tree that grows in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, has been found to reduce pain, lessen dependence on opiates, and work as a mild stimulant in low doses.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration considers Kratom a “drug of concern.” The FDA calls it “dangerous.”

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We're Looking For A Community Moderator

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We're looking for a community moderator

Hello Kratom Lovers!!!

The Community Moderator will ensure the ILoveKratom.com online community is a safe, engaging, and active place to learn and share information on Kratom. This person will navigate a web of multiple personalities and conversations to maintain a high quality experience for our Kratom Community. He/She will rely on personal experience with social networks and online communities to understand user behavior and respond appropriately. A strong predictor of success for the Community Moderator is the ability to problem solve, research useful information on Kratom and communicate clearly.

This is a full time role. We are looking for excited individuals to work.

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