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Stagnant Strain Syndrome. What is it?


Stagnant Strain Syndrome

What is Kratom Tolerance, Will it happen to me?

This question is asked to Kratom Vendors once a customer realizes that their doses have been growing in size. They are not getting the same effects from the kratom as they were when they first started taking Kratom. Over time your body will become less sensitive to the alkaloids in the Kratom plant. This usually leads to bigger doses, less time between doses and ultimately you’re spending more money.

THIS IS NORMAL.. Nothing to be alarmed by, We will need to break this down into a few sections to understand what’s going on and how to combat the issue.

Stagnant Strain Syndrome

This is a term that you will hear veterans of the industry talk about as well as educated vendors.This is referring to the lack of effect you will get when using the same strain repeatedly. You are most likely to know this from your morning cup of coffee. Most people drink the same kind of coffee every morning at home. But, when you are out at maybe a friend's house and have a cup of coffee, it will feel stronger. This is essentially the same thing.

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Kratom for Stress, Anxiety & Depression


There can be Versions of Kratom

During my rotation in the Psychiatry ward, I came across a patient who was on meds for depression for the past five years. I asked him if he was compliant, to which he answered he was. Next, I asked him the reason why he wasn’t getting off meds. He told me he wasn’t observing any improvement. I checked his previous medicine files and surprisingly I saw that he was being given stronger anti-depressants every 6 to 9 months, which have way more side effects than the common anti-depressants like SSRIs and SNRIs.

The side effects had adversely affected his lifestyle and he wanted to hold on to something, to anything that helped him survive the day. This is when he talked to me about observing some improvement recently.

He spoke to me about Kratom and definitely as a doctor I became curious. I looked at research to read about this substance and found articles linking to the efficacy of Kratom in the management of Anxiety, Stress and Depression.

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There can be two versions of Kratom


There can be Versions of Kratom

Kratom has been dominating the news lately. The argument is whether or not to keep it a legal food supplement or move it into a scheduled category of narcotics. We don’t seem to be hearing anything in regards to a compromise. A compromise which satisfies all parties concerned.

What we’re seeing now is knee jerk reaction which is not uncommon to food supplements. Many may be unaware of how many household items have gone through this. For example, Ginko Biloba had its challenges. Most vitamin supplements that we all buy weekly at the local market have had challenges. Don’t believe what you hear, verify my last statement by going here.

There are 2 sides to every debate, in regards to Kratom it can be quite confusing. On one side, you have those who seem to be regurgitating misinformation instead of doing their own research and writing about it. On the other side, you have responsible professionals with journalistic integrity, covering a story from an unbiased stand point. This is something that we see every day. A story begins in a small town with huge viewership potential, it’s covered by a local news source which gets a call from a state or national source and the next thing you know, you have a national news story which has been aggregated through the chain, straight to your favorite mobile app. The real challenge is filtering through real, fake and copied or trimmed down news, which is made available to us, in many cases, through a Social Media post.

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


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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The Power of Kratom Supporters Working Together


The Power of Kratom Supporters Working Together

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.

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Kratom - A Creative Solution to America's Addiction Epidemic


Kratom -- A Creative Solution to America's Addiction Epidemic

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.

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


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?


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


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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Does Kratom - By Itself - Cause Seizures?


Does Kratom - By Itself - Cause Seizures?

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.

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