Recently I have been asking myself, what are the greatest hits of Kratom powder? More importantly, I have been thinking a lot about what my talking points are, as a consistent Kratom user, if someone walks up to me on the street and asks me to defend Kratom.
Kratom has been demonized by our news media and vilified by the FDA. It seems as if everyone who is against Kratom is acquiring more and more ammunition to shut us down. It also seems as though the general population of Kratom users aren’t educated enough themselves to defend these accusations and claims against Kratom.
I have been silently watching the Kratom community, and for the most part, there are always a few people who come to the rescue – who really know they’re facts about Kratom, the laws and, litigation pertaining to Kratom, and, of course, the regulations. However, could I defend Kratom in a clear way if someone who didn’t know any better approached me? Let’s say this person has drank the media’s Kool-Aid and is further spreading untruths about Kratom, would I be able to clearly make the argument for Kratom?
I would like to think so. I would like to think every person in the Kratom community could defend these allegations when the time came, but sadly, it’s just not true.
The improvisation of education is exactly what this article is about. I want to talk about the basic facts you should know about Kratom. In order to defend it, from your local law enforcement to the average ignorant Joe, you have to be clear and concise with the facts.s.
I want to discuss these facts by asking questions that people might ask you. These are questions every Kratom user should know the answer to.
#Q1 – Is Kratom Deadly or Unsafe?
Answer – No, Kratom isn’t deadly. If you are basing your facts from a biased report from the FDA, you should broaden your research. In fact, the FDA claimed in their report that 44 deaths were attributed to Kratom. What they didn’t tell you is these deceased people had high amounts of other substances and/or multiple ‘hard’ drugs in their system along with Kratom.
Furthermore, the National Institute on Drug Abuse got off their leash in July 2018 and made a statement saying Kratom, when uncontaminated, doesn’t cause overdose by itself. In an article called ‘What is Kratom’ we share some interesting facts about the NIDA’s statements. We also captured screenshots to prove they did say this (see below)
However, when the FDA got wind of the NIDA’s release, something puzzling happened. Soon after, the NIDA edited their article to say this instead:
There have been plenty of scientific research completed about the safety of Kratom. In fact, nine scientists wrote a letter to President Trump and Kellyanne Conway sharing their expertise on the safety of Kratom.
So if you’re making the claim that Kratom is deadly and unsafe, you should be looking at the unbiased facts about this plant, because the actual facts tell a different story.
#Q2 – Doesn’t Kratom Have Salmonella In It?
Answer – There’s a yes and a no answer to this question. First let’s say “Yes”. Kratom could be contaminated with compounds like salmonella or anything else. Next, I’ll say “No”, Kratom doesn’t have salmonella or other harmful compounds in it.
Either of these answers could be true depending on your personal research. If you are a responsible Kratom consumer, you want to make sure you are using a reputable vendor who is constantly testing large batches of their Kratom before they sell it to you. As a consumer, it is your right to ask for lab test results from a potential vendor. If you do not do this, you run the risk of being exposed to harmful contaminants like salmonella.
In April of 2018, the FDA released a statement saying they found a couple of vendors who had contaminated Kratom powder and also released the names of these vendors. Most responsible Kratom users will agree with the FDA’s actions pertaining to these isolated incidents.. Everyone wants a vendor who takes their customers’ health seriously by testing their Kratom. There are safe ways to grow, harvest, dry and ship Kratom powder to a vendor and only the vendors who take this seriously are the ones you should be ordering Kratom from.
Let’s not forget that throughout the years all types of regular food items have been recalled for contamination. Most recently, the ever so popular kids’ snack, Goldfish, was recalled for being contaminated with Salmonella. Point is, a lot of kids got sick because of a lack of quality control. As a business owner, one of Kats’ core values is quality control, which involves extensive testing to make sure the Kratom you are purchasing is not contaminated.
#3 – Isn’t Kratom A “Drug of Concern” As Listed By Our Government?
Answer – Yes, Kratom is a “drug of concern” as listed by our government. You didn’t think I would agree with you on that did you?
In essence, the government IS concerned about Kratom. So much so, that they call it a “drug” and list it as dangerous. But, if you’ve never heard about Kratom before that media storm, let me explain this; Kratom is not a drug. Kratom is not an opiate.
In its natural state, Kratom is a safe herbal supplement that’s more akin to coffee than anything else. Kratom is a very special plant, in that, while it isn’t an opiate, it does bind to the opiate receptors in the body. What the government doesn’t want you to know is products like coffee, chocolate, human breast milk, and even exercise, react the same way to the opiate receptors as Kratom does.
Here’s what our government doesn’t want the general population to focus on. Last year, our government sanctioned drug prescriptions for thousands of people. In the end, over 64,000 people died from drug overdose!
That’s MORE than all of the American’s who died in the vietnam war!
Yet, when given the opportunity, our government wants to come forward and tell the public about the ‘dangers’ of Kratom, linking this plant to the deaths of 44 people. Let’s be very clear here, the death rates directly linked to prescribed medications is astronomical and cannot, justifiably, be put in the same category as Kratom.
Our Government and Big Pharma
Could it be that our government has another underlying agenda when it comes to banning Kratom? In 1964, Glaxo Smith Kline, & French Laboratories applied for a patent on one of the alkaloids in Kratom called Speciofoline. In this patent application, it claims, “the alkaloid has useful pharmacodynamic activity, particularly analgesic and antitussive activity…”
In 2010, the University of Massachusetts filed an application which recognized Kratom as a treatment for opioid withdrawal. US 20100209542 A1 goes on to say Kratom could also help in withdrawals from other drugs as well.
See a pattern yet?
Why would a big pharma company file a patent on an important alkaloid if they didn’t recognize the full potential of this plant? Think about that the next time you see a news flash in your town about the ‘dangers of Kratom’. The dangers of prescribed opiates (and the death rates!) are far greater than those of Kratom.
You Need To Know
Kratom powder has been through the ringer as of late. Sharing factual evidence supported by science is a responsibility laid at the feet of every Kratom user. We cannot sit idly by and watch as the FDA and other factions of our government try to take this away.
Please educate your friends and family members who don’t quite understand the benefits of this plant. Call your representatives and share this important information. Take off their blinders! When it comes to Kratom, our government would rather have a scared and ignorant society rather than an educated one, with eyes wide open. The next time you need some backup ammo when you’re talking to someone about Kratom, come to this page and read up on it. Do your homework and stay informed about the facts. Kratom is relying on you.