Kratom

On September 30th 2016 Kratom became illegal. Mitragyna Speciosa, aka Kratom, is a tropical deciduous tree that is widely used throughout the region for medicinal purposes. The majority of the health benefits of Kratom are derived from the unique chemical compounds and nutrients found within the leaves of the plant, including a wide range of alkaloids and other organic substances.

 

Tens of thousands of people in this country who use Kratom supplements made from the leaves of the Mitragyna Speciosa tree that grows in Southeast Asia are furious over a recent decision by the DEA to classify Kratom as a Schedule 1 drug, alongside Heroin. An herb that has killed no one is being banned; people who are already addicted to opiates will not have the option of using Kratom to quit.

 

The Botanical Legal Defense (BLD) an educational and advocacy group focused on promoting and protecting the medicinal and therapeutic benefits of natural plants and herbal supplements is concerned that Kratom is, at times, misrepresented as dangerous and without medical value. Kratom, a 100% natural plant and herbal supplement from Southeast Asia, has been used for hundreds of years as a natural analgesic, muscle relaxer, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and opioid withdrawal treatment.

 

Kratom has a very interesting history including being banned in Thailand (in spite of being indigenous there) because it was a natural substitute for Opium, thereby affecting the economy of the country. At this time, Thailand is looking to legalize Kratom. Justice Minister Chaikasem Nitsiri is pushing senior officials to end a 70-year-old ban on Kratom enacted under a dubious pretense: Kratom once helped opium users kick addiction in an era when the government raked in lucrative opium taxes.

 

The following are among many of the health benefits of Kratom:

PAIN RELIEF – One of the most obvious and widely known effects of Kratom is pain relief. Since the leaves were first introduced to their indigenous cultures this has been a primary use as the analgesic properties of the alkaloids and nutrients of the leaves can quickly relieve pain throughout the body.

 

IMMUNE SYSTEM – Independent studies on the various alkaloids found in Kratom leaves have shown that it can have major effects on the strength and resilience of the immune system. While this research is still being qualified and checked, traditional and anecdotal beliefs about Kratom leaves show that it can reduce severity of illnesses.

 

ENERGY BOOSTER – The metabolic effects that Kratom has is one of the reasons that the leaves are so popular, particularly with laborers in various countries. It can increase your energy levels by optimizing certain metabolic processes and impacting hormone levels.  This is a result of increased circulation despite its soothing nature and a general increase in oxygenated blood to areas of the body that need it combined with increased metabolic activities to provide a burst of energy.

 

ANXIETY AND MOOD – As you can probably imagine, any substance that is able to relieve pain in the body will also likely have an impact on the mental stability and tone of an individual. Kratom leaves are widely used as anxiolytic substances for people who suffer from chronic stress, depression, anxiety and mood swings. By regulating the hormones in our body people can finally get relief from the exhausting symptoms of a chemical imbalance without having to rely on pharmaceuticals and all the implicit side effects of those drugs.

 

ADDICTION RECOVERY – Because of the healthy and healing nature of Kratom leaves, it has been used as a method of curing addiction for hundreds of years.

 

The Botanical Legal Defense and the American Kratom Association are dedicated to fighting overreaching government criminalization of nature’s most significant gifts. Chief among these is Kratom. The truth about Kratom is that it has already been under the scrutiny of the scientific community and found to be not only benign but highly therapeutic.

 

We believe strongly in the medicinal nature of plants and herbs and have personally added our names to the petition to stop the criminalization of Kratom. If you wish to join us and millions of others please sign the petition at the following link:

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov//petition/please-do-not-make-kratom-schedule-i-substance.

 

UPDATE:

On October 13, 2016, the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) withdrew the prior notice of Intent for Emergency Schedule 1 for Kratom. This as we know is the highest classification for a drug, this is where you will find Heroin. Also sadly, Marijuana. This is a classification that says this drug has no medicinal value and is very addictive. The DEA is withdrawing it’s notice because of public outcry. Also after receiving a letter from 51 members of Congress and 12 Senators including Senators Orrin Hatch and Bernie Sanders and  Whitehouse petition that attracted over 140,000 signatures, (only 100,000 are needed before our president is required to take a peek) and a March On DC , the DEA is going to allow for public comment until December 1. It is also asking for an FDA analysis and after this they will decide to schedule or not to schedule Kratom. Kratom is used in the United States by approximately 5 million people. It is used for chronic pain, anxiety and depression, PTSD, really helping our veterans right now!! The problem with Kratom is that it allows it’s users to walk away from prescription medications, something people are welcoming more and more because of those side effects from pharmaceuticals that can be fatal and wreak havoc on the immune system. With Opoid overdose deaths at an alarming and unacceptable number (44 every day!) it is smart to do what we can to keep our natural healing herbs and plants. Big Pharma raked in 376 Billion in pharmaceutical sales. And we are sicker than ever before.

 

Thanks for your consideration

Christina and Kim

Wellness Department

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