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Kratom Faces a New Challenge in New Jersey

Kratom Faces a New Challenge in New Jersey

Kratom faces another new state regulation and possible ban in New Jersey. State Assemblyman Ron Dancer is slated to introduce legislation that would prohibit the sale, possession and use of Kratom.

It seems likely that Assemblyman Dancer doesn't understand the vast difference between Kratom plants that are pure and naturally occurring; and Kratom that has been adulterated with synthetic compounds (we'll call this spiked Kratom). Though relatively rare, spiked Kratom is sadly and most often marketed as "legal highs," causing all this confusion and we would like to see these taken off the market as much as he does.

When Dancer says his legislation is intended to "help prevent another drug crisis like the current heroin epidemic in Monmouth and Ocean counties," he must be referring to something other than the Kratom tree. Kratom, as we know, is sought most by people seeking it for its medicinal benefits, not a "legal high."

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More Good News for Kratom

More Good News for Kratom

Kratom News for the Week

Kratom is off the DEA "Hit list": "Drugs and Chemicals of Concern". (We have verified this with a regional DEA agent.) Hurray!

The head of the DEA, Michele Leonhart, is resigning due to embarassment over some DEA agents partying with Colombian drug magnates and teenage hookers. We will be watching when a new Director of the DEA is appointed, and working to continue the growth in the DEA's understanding of kratom.

Things are looking up for kratom in Florida. We're looking good in Louisiana, too...

We had a quick success on Monday of this week (April 27th), when a hasty email campaign prevented kratom from being banned in Louisiana. The state representatives even thanked us for helping them to understand the good that kratom is doing in their state. (More on this spectacular turnaround in next week's blog.)

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The Easiest Way to End an Addiction to Opiates

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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What Kratom Lovers Can Do To Help Save Kratom

What Kratom Lovers Can Do To Help Save Kratom

Kratom lovers can do a lot to help keep Kratom legal. In fact, we must all do our part by becoming smart, self-reliant consumers of Kratom.

The American Kratom Association (AKA) is dedicated to serving our members by educating the public and leading the effort to keep Kratom legal.

Due to the size of the job we are facing -- and the limited resources we have now -- that is all we realistically can do and do well.

Some people have the mistaken impression that we are the center for complaints about making vendors do this or that for them. "I got sick from taking so-and-so's Kratom; please do something about it for me!"

We can't solve every Kratom-related problem these people may encounter. We didn't promise to do this. And we certainly aren't funded sufficiently to be every Kratom vendor's unpaid customer service rep.

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

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."


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

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Recent Good News About Kratom

Recent Good News About Kratom

It was an interesting week. Some bad news and some very good news, which will help us reach our ultimate goal of Kratom being accepted as a dietary ingredient in the USA.

I managed to get on the bad side of the Botanical Legal Defense for publicly calling out their lobbyist and some other leaders for some moves that may have set us all back terribly. The only saving grace from that whole debacle was that Susan Ash, the de-facto Executive Director of the American Kratom Association formed a solid bond with Florida's Senator Evers that I believe will help us to get this bill tabled for a year or two. We will see.

On a couple other fronts, there is a documentary about the good that Kratom does that is being produced by pro videographer Tony Larson. I contributed the narration and the voiceover that will, I believe, set the tone for the project.

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Mitragyna Speciosa -- My Little Energy Tree

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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Some Major Issues Confronting Kratom

Some Major Issues Confronting Kratom

The herb Kratom is one of the most amazing plants that has come to world attention in recent years and it needs to be available to everyone.

Furthermore, the pharmaceutical industry founders -- the billionaires of their day, Rockefeller and Carnegie -- worked with the legislators who made the rules, giving great privileges to synthetic pharmaceutical drugs. This made all the natural medicines (herbs) useless in the eyes of modern medicine. This was a big mistake, but mistakes can be corrected.

Look around you, folks! Big Pharma has pretty well priced themselves out of the market for what the average human can afford! And, their products and treatments, surgery etc. do a lousy job in really correcting what goes wrong in our complex body.

So, Kratom is taking away Big Pharma's business. Tough luck, Chuck! You made the rules -- you and your associates working for the FDA -- but the times have passed you by. You made plenty of money by being the only game allowed in this country.

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Some Good News About Kratom

Some Good News About Kratom

Finally, we are beginning to grow our standing in professional groups and with individuals who have been our adversaries until recently.

Yes, I'm well aware that we have a new battle -- once again! -- in Florida. This time, the legislature is taking up the question of banning Kratom sales and use statewide. This would be a bad precedent for other states and the USA, as a whole.

We need to keep those comments and phone calls coming to the Florida House of Representatives, and keep signing petitions circulated by the Botanical Legal Defense, please! It doesn't matter where in the United States you live, please let Florida lawmakers know this is a bad course of action.

Let them know you'll never take the kids to Disney World again (even if you hadn't planned to). Be polite, but let them know this is a bad move and will hurt vacationers with chronic pain and conditions that are best treated with Kratom.

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Free Kratom for Disabled Vets

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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