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Kratom continues to come under fire, most recently with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issuing a kratom “advisory.” With such an uncertain future, it’s now more important than ever before for kratom enthusiasts to speak out in support of mitragyna speciosa! The American Kratom Association (AKA) has drafted an open letter to acting U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Director Robert W. Patterson, urging the agency to conduct its own 8-factor analysis of kratom and its properties. The study would “test the credibility of the scheduling recommendation submitted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.” Click here to read and sign the AKA’s open letter. Why is the AKA Promoting an Independent 8-Factor Kratom Study? Kratom proponents argue that an objective scientific study will make it clear that kratom is a safe botanical; one that holds great potential for use as a treatment for a wide variety of ailments and conditions. Enthusiasts often point out that this botanical that has been used for generations by native Southeast Asian cultures to treat everything from insomnia and anxiety, to pain, lethargy, and depression. This stands in sharp contrast to the FDA’s claims that suggest kratom is a “gateway drug ” or substitute for opioids. “In its enactment of the Controlled Substances Act, Congress has wisely required the DEA to do its own independent review on scheduling recommendations submitted by the FDA to provide a second opinion on important substance scheduling issues. That second opinion is desperately needed in the evaluation of kratom because the science directly refutes the FDA claims,” the AKA’s open letter states. The AKA and countless kratom enthusiasts are calling for this independent analysis due to what they believe is a woefully inaccurate representation by the FDA. For instance, the FDA suggested that kratom has “narcotic opioid-like” potential for abuse. It was also stated that the substance is primarily used to “get high.” But heaps of scientific evidence and thousands of personal anecdotes suggest that kratom is, in fact, a rather poor opioid substitute—particularly for anyone who is seeking a high. This is just one contradiction that has thousands of kratom consumers concerned. Notably, the DEA has already been supplied with an independent 8-factor kratom analysis performed by Jack Henningfield, Ph.D. Henningfield is regarded as one of the nation’s leading experts on issues surrounding substance abuse, addiction and substance safety. The AKA is also encouraging the DEA Director to consider four additional studies that “clearly demonstrate the harm that will be done by any scheduling order on kratom.” As many recall, the DEA previously sought an “emergency” scheduling for kratom which would have placed the plant in the same category as heroin and cocaine. This led to tremendous outcry amongst kratom enthusiasts, who came out in droves to sign petitions, write letters and—most importantly—share their personal experiences with kratom. Thousands came forward to detail how kratom had positively impacted their lives. Ultimately, the emergency scheduling was halted. How Can You Help Keep Kratom Legal? But kratom’s legal status still remains uncertain. Several states have already banned kratom, including Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont, and Wisconsin. What’s more, the FDA is actively detaining many kratom shipments to the U.S., which is clearly a concern for those who favor and support the sale of kratom. For this reason, we encourage you to take a few minutes to sign and share the American Kratom Association’s open letter to DEA Director Robert W. Patterson. Click here to read the letter. You can also make a difference by writing to local and federal lawmakers. Share your positive experiences with kratom and how it has transformed your life. Also, encourage legislators to support an additional scientific investigation into kratom and its effects. Many believe that this hard scientific evidence is the key to maintaining kratom’s legal status. Click here to learn more about contacting congressmen and senators. ,
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., has issued a kratom advisory on what he calls the “deadly risks associated with kratom.” Although just hours following the release, the American Kratom Association (AKA) formally filed a demand calling upon the FDA to “rescind” the statement. The AKA has made this demand on the grounds that the advisory is reportedly “misleading and unsubstantiated,” with “discredited, incomplete, and mischaracterized scientific claims,” according to a press release issued by the advocacy group. What Did the FDA's Kratom Advisory Say? At its core, the FDA advisory on kratom sought to issue a “public health advisory related to mounting concerns regarding risk associated with the use of kratom,” as the agency cited concerns over “harmful unapproved products that have been crossing our borders in increasing numbers.” In a move that has been highly criticized by the AKA and other kratom advocacy groups, the FDA Commissioner said that “we must ask ourselves whether the use of kratom – for recreation, pain or other reasons – could expand the opioid epidemic.” To support this remark, Dr. Gottlieb cited several facts, such as a ten-fold increase in call volume to the U.S. Poison Control Centers concerning kratom. But some are criticizing the Commissioner for his failure to mention the fact that many of these calls involved other substances that could have been responsible for adverse effects. What's more, kratom proponents have noted that the increased call volume to the Poison Control Center could easily be explained by the medical community's lack of familiarity with kratom, combined with its rise in popularity in the U.S. If a patient presents with symptoms, it's routine to ask about any and all substances they've ingested or been exposed to. In cases where a physician is unfamiliar with a substance and how it could relate to the patient's symptoms or any treatments that may be administered, it's common practice to consult the U.S. Poison Control Center. This agency maintains up-to-date information on thousands of compounds, including new and/or uncommon substances. But advocates argue that a call to the Poison Control Center does not necessarily prove causation; it only suggests that the patient may have contacted a specific substance around the time that a medical situation arose. One pro-kratom nurse took to social media to write, “The reality is that the U.S. Poison Control Center is simply a resource for accurate information on various drugs, chemicals, substances and compounds. Let's say you arrive in the ER with a broken leg and if you admit you've ingested kratom recently, but the physician does not know how kratom may impact emergency surgery and the medications that will be used during that procedure. That physician is going to call Poison Control to learn more. If we buy into the FDA's advisory, then this is a red mark against kratom, despite the fact that the substance in no way caused the fracture. That feels misleading.” But the FDA Commissioner presented a unified view on kratom, reiterating that “...the FDA has evidence to show that there are significant safety issues associated with [kratom's] use. Before it can be legally marketed for therapeutic uses in the U.S., kratom’s risks and benefits must be evaluated as part of the regulatory process for drugs that Congress has entrusted the FDA with....We believe using the FDA’s proven drug review process would provide for a much- needed discussion among all stakeholders.” And on that last point, many kratom proponents agree. Advocates argue that a formal, thorough, and objective review of kratom's properties would almost certainly lead to FDA approval in some capacity. It's a point that the AKA drives home in its formal statement in response to the FDA's kratom advisory: “...several points in the FDA advisory are at odds with the facts and these are facts that FDA staff have at their disposal and should have acknowledged. For example, contrary to the statement that kratom has 'narcotic opioid like' abuse potential and other effects, kratom is primarily used for benefit by millions of Americans and not to get 'high.' In fact, kratom is a poor substitute for opioids for getting high.” Kratom, Its Legal Status and the FDA A member of the coffee plant family, kratom (mitragyna speciosa) is derived from the dried leaves of the kratom plant, which is native to southeast Asian nations such as Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. Kratom is favored for a number of uses, ranging from incense to aromatherapy and beyond. Notably, the FDA has not approved kratom for use as a supplement, food product, or medication. But this has not stopped many individuals from brewing kratom tea and filling capsules with kratom powder for ingestion. At one point, the FDA even attempted to implement an emergency kratom ban that would place kratom in the same category as cocaine and heroin, but tremendous public outcry prevailed and the agency ultimately backed off. The proposed ban did have a couple benefits in the eyes of kratom advocates. That event raised public awareness and it also prompted kratom enthusiasts to share countless anecdotal cases with the media and the world as a whole. Countless individuals have claimed that kratom transformed their life after they used it as a natural alternative to opiate painkillers, while others claimed they've used kratom to ease opiate withdrawal symptoms. Notably, the FDA advisory indicated that the agency has been involved in numerous recent seizures at the border: “To fulfill our public health obligations, we have identified kratom products on two import alerts and we are working to actively prevent shipments of kratom from entering the U.S. At international mail facilities, the FDA has detained hundreds of shipments of kratom. We’ve used our authority to conduct seizures and to oversee the voluntary destruction of kratom products...” These seizures could result in an imbalance as demand outpaces supply, although no serious shortages have been reported as of mid-November 2017. Currently, though, kratom is legal to obtain, sell, and possess in most regions of the United States and beyond. Kratom bans have been enacted in Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama, Wisconsin, and Indiana. Several nations have also banned kratom, including Australia, Thailand, Germany, Malaysia, and Sweden. Notably, this recent FDA advisory has not resulted in any changes to kratom’s legal status. The kratom advisory concludes by saying, “To those who believe in the proposed medicinal uses of kratom, I encourage you to conduct the research that will help us better understand kratom’s risk and benefit profile, so that well studied and potentially beneficial products can be considered. In the meantime...the FDA will continue to take action on these products in order to protect public health.” ,

The History of Kratom - Tue, 3 Oct 2017 00:00:00 EST

A native plant to southeast Asia, kratom (Mitragyna Speciosa) can be found growing wildly across Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Borneo. It has been harvested for centuries for it’s its, mood elevation, calming and stimulating properties. Kratom is still a natural solution many seek out today, as a component in their holistic health toolbox.The Background of KratomKratom has been used for thousands of years by local villagers for therapeutic reasons, but it didn’t gain attention outside of southeast Asia until the early 1880s when it was discovered and documented by botanist, Pieter Willem Korthals. Traditionally, kratom has been used by Thai peasants, laborers, and farmers. It’s illegal in two of its native regions, Thailand and Malaysia. There are many kratom users worldwide who voice strong opinions over ending the criminalization of kratom, and ending the corrupt political ties to its illegalization that favored the booming opium trade of the past century. Today, Kratom is legal in most U.S. states.The Kratom Plant and Its VarietiesKratom, a part of the Rubiaceae coffee tree family, comes in four primary species that originate in different regions in southeast Asia, and provide varying effects:· Bali—Gives a more relaxing effect at higher doses, and can be stimulating when taken in low doses.· Thai—The longest lasting and strongest of the varieties. It’s said to be calming.· Malaysia—Almost identical to Balinese kratom. You may hear the term “ketum” used to describe kratom from Malaysia.· Maeng Da—Maeng Da kratom translates to “pimp grade” kratom and originates from Thailand. It’s the strongest kratom strain available and is used for its energizing effects. Kratom strains are further categorized by “vein:” · Red Vein—Longer lasting, and more relaxing and less stimulating than other strains· Green Vein—Energizing and uplifting· White Vein—Energizing and euphoric Choosing the Best Kratom from a Quality SupplierThe key to choosing the best kratom supplier is finding a quality source that chooses their kratom from the finest sources grown organically in its native region. Look for a supplier that carries multiple strains to offer you all of the mood-boosting, energizing, and calming effects you need to feel your best. *Disclaimer: All products on the website are not for human consumption, and are for aromatherapy and research purposes only. ,

Where Does Kratom Come From? - Wed, 13 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EST

Kratom is native to the tropical climates of Southeast Asia. Check out our interactive map above to learn more about this region and the amazing kratom that grows there! ,

The Ultimate Kratom Quiz - Mon, 28 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EST

Indigenous to the tropical climates of Southeast Asia, kratom is an herb that has been used as an effective natural medicine for many centuries. Kratom is broken into a few strains that promote different effects and can help users relax, sleep better, or have more energy through the aromatic properties. Kratom is also a potent natural pain reliever and is used by many to reduce chronic pain and discomfort. In fact, many researchers agree that kratom may be the solution for an all-natural alternative to opioid pain medications, and as a safe and healthy way to combat addiction to pain-relieving drugs. If you’ve been wanting to find a natural pain reducer, you can use the various strains of kratom to find relief. Kratom can also be used as a stimulant and gentler alternative to caffeine and energy drinks, without the crash and burn. If you want a safe and gentle way to relax and unwind in the evening to sleep more deeply, or you simply need a way to ease anxiety and stress, kratom is an effective, all natural solution that doesn’t come with any negative side effects. Kratom is a wonderful solution for helping users achieve optimum health. Many people use the aromatic benefits of kratom to boost their mood, or simply achieve a more relaxed and focused mindset. Intrigued to learn more about this ancient natural remedy? Test your knowledge of kratom and learn more interesting facts about this age-old herb with our new interactive quiz! Kratora does not sell kratom for human consumption. ,