Kratom, Mitragyna speciosa, is a tropical deciduous and evergreen tree in the coffee family. The medicinal effects of kratom are highly flexible and diverse due to its unique alkaloid profile, which is unlike any other plant known to exist. These effects are:
- Pain relief
- Opiate withdrawal relief
- Opiate maintenance /transitional substance
- Energy Promotion
- Anxiolytic (Anti-Anxiety)
- Depression Relief
- Insomnia Relief
- Immune System Stimulation
- Nootropic (Cognition Enhancing)
- Lowers blood sugar
In addition to this large range of medicinal applications, this plant also has other positive secondary properties such as high-antioxant and vitamin content, which has made it worthwhile for general health purposes as well. Kratom is safe in almost every regard, as there have been no known deaths from this plant, except in combination with other dangerous substances.
I am so wrecked with emotions right now that I am having trouble even forming the words necessary to write this post. But here, and now, this post needing to go out and be read and reacted to is one of the most important things in my life. Kratom saved my, and thousands of others lives after diagnosis. After 10yrs of being passed around between doctors and specialists and enduring every test under the sun, I was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis and Narcolepsy and handed dozens of prescriptions to manage my symptoms and the symptoms that other medications were causing as well. I made the decision with the support of my doctors to decline all prescriptions to instead self medicate with Kratom. I researched with others more knowledgeable than I, and then I took the knowledge that I gained and taught myself how to properly and safely dose for my needs. I am thirty two years old and I have already recreated life after diagnosis. I do not have the time to be tired, or have brain fog. I need to live my life. I have goals to conquer and people that depend on me. Taking away Kratom is like taking away my right as a US citizen to empower myself and have free choice. Why should I be forced to use prescription medications because huge pharmaceutical companies care more about profit than my well being? I am an adult and should not have government deciding they would prefer I am in pain or hooked on Morphine than a thinking viable member of society. I am sitting here terrified of my options if this law passes. At the bottom of this post I have provided a link for the petition to NOT make Kratom alkaloids a Schedule 1 Substance.
A member of my AS support group wrote the following: “The CDC reported that it received 660 calls between 2010-2015 regarding Kratom, many of which involved people that were using Kratom with Heroin or other illicit drugs. I cannot help that there are people that will use Kratom, alcohol or even aerosol cleaners in combination with other drugs to get high. I should not be punished for other people’s poor choices. By that logic alcohol, household cleaners or even Tylenol should be illegal. I would bet that the CDC received more calls about Tylenol than Kratom; yet no one is seeking to make it schedule 1.”
The company that I trust most to provide the quality Kratom that I use shared this message with us and I am going to copy it in its entirety below because linking is not enough for how crustially important this message is.
What is Kratom? How is Kratom Used?
Kratom (mitragyna speciosa) is a natural substance made from the leaves of the kratom tree, a member of the coffee tree family that is native to Southeast Asia. Some use kratom recreationally, but a vast majority of users use kratom to self-treat chronic pain, anxiety, PTSD, insomnia, and opiate withdrawal symptoms. It should be noted that kratom is not formally approved or recommended to treat any of these conditions due to a lack of research studies, but the anecdotal evidence is compelling.
In smaller dosages, kratom can have stimulant properties, while in larger quantities, kratom tends to have a more sedative effect. There is little, if any, evidence to suggest that kratom is any more addictive than coffee. Anecdotal evidence suggests it’s actually quite effective at helping opiate addicts move away from heavier drugs, toward a life of sobriety.
It is not uncommon for users to take kratom on a daily basis if they’re using kratom to self-treat an issue because most of these issues – such as anxiety or chronic pain – are long-duration or lifelong conditions.
The DEA’s Announcement Refers to Kratom as an Opiate. Is This Accurate?
No. Kratom is not an opiate, which is, by definition, a substance containing opium or derived from opium.
Kratom has opiate-like effects, but its active chemicals are alkaloids. These alkaloids, which include mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, act upon many of the same receptors in the brain that are impacted by opiates.
What is a Schedule I Drug?
The DEA classifies a Schedule I drug as one that has “a high potential for abuse” with “no accepted medical use in treatment in the United States and a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.”
Other drugs in this class includes heroin, LSD, ecstasy and marijuana, amongst other substances.
How Long Can a Substance Be Listed Temporarily as a Schedule I Substance?
The DEA has the power to temporarily classify kratom as a Schedule I substance for up to two years.
What Happens Once Kratom’s Alkaloids Are Temporarily Listed as a Schedule I Substance?
Once mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine are listed as Schedule I substances, it will become illegal to possess kratom or any synthetic substance containing those alkaloids (this is why the DEA added the alkaloids – instead of kratom – to the list of Schedule I substances, as it allows them to ban synthetic derivatives in addition to kratom leaf products.)
Typically, the temporarily banned substance is subjected to numerous research studies. If the study results reveal that there is no risk, then the item will be removed from the list of Schedule I substances. More often, though, the DEA finds study results that support its belief and the substance is permanently classified as a Schedule I substance.
Unfortunately, once an item is temporarily listed as a Schedule I substance, it becomes very challenging to conduct research studies. The temporary listing virtually always becomes permanent, demonstrating why it’s so important to take action now before the new classification goes into effect on September 30.
The DEA’s Announcement Implies that Kratom is Dangerous. Is This True?
The DEA cites a number of poison control calls involving kratom, but many claim that this is primarily due to U.S. medical professionals’ lack of familiarity with kratom. When medical professionals are unfamiliar with a substance that a patient has ingested, it is standard practice for them to reach out to poison control to determine how best to treat the patient.
In cases where a kratom user reported serious adverse effects, virtually all of these cases involved mixing kratom with another substance. This creates a synergistic effect and it also makes it challenging to determine which substance is responsible for the individual’s symptoms. It is widely considered impossible for a healthy user to experience a fatal overdose on kratom. When excessive amounts are consumed, nausea, vomiting and sedation are the typical effects.
What I Do To Help Prevent a Kratom Ban?
Now is the time to take action! The American Kratom Association’s founder, Susan Ash, has told multiple media outlets that she intends to challenge this matter in court. Measures may include seeking a temporary restraining order to halt the DEA’s move. There are also many online petitions seeking to keep kratom legal and to approve it as a dietary supplement.
You can also call and/or write your local lawmakers. Need help writing a letter? Check out our instructions here.
I apologize to my followers that the content of this post is mainly copy and paste but I do not feel able to express myself to the fullest without becoming overly emotional. I have been on a terrifying roller coaster ever since I received the news over a week ago. Being someone who personally does not have a substance abuse problem and takes their healthcare and disease VERY serisouly, I can honestly see why this is happening. People will always find a way to abuse what they can, even the most harmless of substances can become dangerous in the wrong hands and with the wrong combinations, but Kratom is Saving Lives and helping thousands of people in positive ways. Please please from the bottom of my swollen limbed, chronically fatigued, semi able bodied heart, take a moment to sign the petition that is linked about and share with others.
Thank you kindly for taking a moment to read this post.