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Will Kentucky Mistake a Gift Horse for a Trojan Horse?

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Kentucky mistakes a gift horse for a Trojan Horse

Appalachia (Kentucky in particular) has an addiction problem. The lack of jobs and abundance of opioids have teamed up to create the nation's highest rate of acute Hepatitis C infection. Now the state seems to be gearing up to ban Kratom.

It is the fear of terrible withdrawal experience that often leads addicts to find any way to continue using opiates rather than quit them, which many would love to do. Kratom makes it possible to quit opiates with virtually no withdrawal and at little expense.

Paradoxically, Kratom Is Nature's Solution to Kentucky's Addiction Epidemic

Kratom has been used for centuries in Southeast Asia, where it grows both wild and cultivated, to ease the withdrawal from opium and heroin. Oddly, the government of Thailand banned the Kratom trees in 1943 because Kratom was reducing the opium addiction there, thus cutting the Thai government's tax revenue.

Once again, Kratom cuts into someone's revenue and an emotional plea goes out across the airwaves, "Save our children from this foreign peril!"

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Let's End the War On Human Nature

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Let's End the War On Human Nature

Something I noticed this morning that makes no sense is this: The DEA, FDA, and lawmakers do not look at the vast majority of Kratom consumers, who cause no trouble at all and are virtually invisible from an enforcement standpoint. These people, who I conservatively estimate number 3 million, use the herb for pain, overcoming addiction to far more dangerous drugs, and for a variety of other health reasons.

Instead, lawmakers and regulatory agencies focus on the relatively small number of those who abuse and over-use Kratom -- often in combination with other drugs and chemicals. When these folks have a problem, lawmakers blame the herb itself -- not the fact that it is being misused by this small segment of multi-drug abusers.

Nevertheless, the DEA and the FDA approach Kratom as if it is an unregulated "drug" and must prove itself innocent, at great cost to those who wish to sell it. This cost, if it is forced on the vendors and importers of Kratom, must be passed along to the consumers, which will make Kratom unaffordable for many who need it the most -- the disabled medical consumers, for whom nothing works as well.

I will argue that treating this miraculous herb as if it is a threat to our health until proven otherwise is a baseless accusation. It is the wrong way to look at this situation.

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Kratom Accused of Causing Another Suicide

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Kratom accused of causing another suicide

Does Kratom Cause Suicide or Prevent It?

The last time Kratom was accused of causing another young man in his 20s to commit suicide, there were other legally prescribed drugs involved. Two of them had suicide warnings, listed among the side-effects. A coroner, who reviewed the medical literature on Kratom, declared that Kratom was not at fault.

Now, Kratom is again accused, but this time, the media is rushing to pass judgement -- even before the medical examiner has completed the toxicology report.

Most of the people who are familiar with Kratom would probably laugh at the notion that this herb, which has known antidepressant activity, could be suggested as the cause of a young man's recent suicide. This is the second suicide where a mother has blamed her son's death on his addiction to Kratom -- another questionable topic I'll take up in a future blog.

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Kratom and the Future of Drug Rehab Centers

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Kratom and the Future of Drug Rehabilitation Centers

The 12-Step organizations that handle -- or should I say try to handle -- alcoholics and drug addicts with an amazing lack of success are forgetting their roots. They are, as you probably know, almost universally down on Kratom -- although this is slowly beginning to change among the more open-minded business owners.

One of the most vocal anti-Kratom forces is the recovery community which mistakes former drug addicts' use of Kratom as a form of backsliding.

In drug-facilitated recovery centers and walk-in clinics, Kratom is hated for the same reason -- and yet, they place their patients on drugs like suboxone and methadone, that are much harder to quit than heroin itself.

What Kind of "Recovery" Is That?

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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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The Easiest Way to End an Addiction to Opiates

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The Easiest Way To End An Addiction to Opiates

Quitting Opiates, Opioids, Heroin, or even Alcohol Is Much Easier with the Herb Kratom.

Quitting any addiction -- but especially opiates -- is a greatly feared occasion. Many people put if off indefinitely, until they run out and can get no more. There is no need to postpone quitting, though, if Kratom is available.

Most of us know we should quit, but doing without pain relief is something we avoid at all costs. This can get very costly in terms of friends lost, trust in us lost, money, and loss of self-respect -- all sacrificed in hopes of avoiding the agony of withdrawal.

Then, too, it's not just the return of the original chronic pain, if that's why we started. It the pain of ripping that monkey off our back -- that's the nightmare we're avoiding.

When we look carefully at our experience on heroin or synthetic opiates, such as Oxycontin, Hydrocodone, Percocets -- the drug has often become less effective over time and is hardly a better alternative to constant pain. Toward the end, when we are firmly addicted, there is little relief left in it. It has become just a matter of avoiding the pain we know that awaits us if we run out or are cut off by our doctor.

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How Can Kratom Be a Stimulant, Sedative, and Hallucinogen, Too?

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Stimulating or Sedating

How Can Kratom Be Both a Stimulant and a Sedative? And maybe even psychedelic, too?

"Most people describe the effects as stimulating and euphoric at lower doses, becoming sedative at higher doses. This is probably explained by the fact that Mitragynine stimulates the delta opioid receptors when used in small quantities, but tends to increasingly stimulate mu opioid receptors when used in larger quantities. These are the same receptors that are stimulated when using opiate drugs."

Source: http://www.mitragyna.com/en/Kratom-effects

Any truth to the rumor spread by the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) that Kratom is a hallucinogen?

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Mitragyna Speciosa -- My Little Energy Tree

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Mitragyna Speciosa My Little Energy Tree

Mitragyna Speciosa, also known as Kratom, is my favorite source of energy. Better than a cup of coffee, it perks me up.

A growing number of Americans feel the same way.

Mitragyna can be made as a tea or taken in powdered form, straight down the hatch with a chaser of water, coffee, grapefruit, or tomato juice. Some people mix it in smoothies, yogurt, or applesauce to conceal the taste.

I don't care about the flavor -- it doesn't last long, but the effects last for hours.

I was raised on coffee before school, but I got to a point in my mid-thirties where coffee wasn't doing the job it used to do. This was before ADD and ADHD was a favorite diagnosis that teachers forced on overly energetic schoolkids, so I was never compelled to take their sit-still drugs. Thank God!

Coffee was unpredictable in its strength. Tea was kinda weak.

Most times -- after a brief period of increased vigilance -- coffee would leave me yawning. Other times, too much would leave me wanting to climb the walls, angry, and edgy -- not really alert hours later, but unable to sleep.

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Kratom's Opportunity for Rehab Counselors & Clinics

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Kratom Basics for New Users

The use of Kratom as a catalyst for helping addicts to alcohol and/or opiates overcome their physical and psychological withdrawal is one of the herb's many positive uses. Many are doing this every day in online Facebook and other groups with the support of their peers, most of whom have been through the process already.

It is exciting to watch a "newbie" join a group, inquire what strains and dosages are best, learn where to get free samples or to buy good quality Kratom -- and then, within a few days to take their first taste of the magic elixir that will set them free. With their new online friends sitting around, in other parts of the world, waiting to hear how they are feeling, often they message back as their withdrawal pain recedes and they realize this time, "Quitting is going to work!"

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Free Kratom for Disabled Vets

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Free Kratom for Veterans

The wife of a disabled Marine has offered to help other disabled veterans get free order credit for $75 worth of kratom. All she asks in return is that you write a letter to help Congress and the various State legislatures see why this herb must be kept available for those who want to use it.

If you've never heard of kratom, it is made from the leaves of a tree that grows in Southeast Asia, mainly in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. People who have tried it say it works better for their chronic pain, anxiety, PTSD, depression, stress, and many other conditions than any drug the VA gave them.

Side effects are minimal, when compared to pharmaceutical alternatives. There is no danger of fatal overdose, as there is from prescription and illicit drugs.

Kratom can be made into a tea or mixed into juices, smoothies, V-8, or applesauce.

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