#AKA LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Fighting to Keep #Kratom Legal

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POINT PLEASANT BEACH, NJ – GOOD POLICY ON KRATOM WINS, THEN THE SPONSOR OF A BAN DECLARES HE WANTS TO REMOVE HIS PROPOSED ORDINANCE TO BAN THE SALE OF KRATOM BECAUSE “THE BAN ON KRATOM SALES IS GOING TO LOSE”!

Legislative Update: Mac Haddow, Senior Fellow on Public Policy (10/2/19)

It likely is a phrase that is overused, but it certainly applies in this case: “You cannot make this stuff up.”

Last night, the Point Pleasant Beach Borough Council began voting on the proposed ban on the sale of kratom in the town, and then things got very interesting.  After just 2 votes were cast by the Council, the sponsor of the ban called for the vote to be tabled because it was “clear the proposed ban would not pass.”

In my 40+ years of lobbying at all levels of government, I have never seen a motion to stop a vote in the middle of a roll call because you do not want to face the inevitable results of losing on the issue.  In this case, the sponsor himself made the statement that he wanted to stop the vote because he knew the proposed ban on kratom sales was going to be defeated.

Point Pleasant Beach is a small coastal town that is popular with tourists, and the town has a diverse resident population ranging from retirees to young millennials. Several weeks ago, Councilman and Mayoral candidate Paul M. Kanitra proposed an ordinance that would ban the sale of kratom in the town. The proposed resolution to ban kratom reads like the Anti-Kratom Talking Points and anti-kratom disinformation that has been peddled by former-FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb for the last several years.

The American Kratom Association (AKA) provided the compelling peer-reviewed scientific research that shows that kratom should not be banned, but appropriately regulated to protect consumers from adulterated and unsafe products that masquerade as pure kratom. Councilman Kanitra refused to budge, and strongly attacked kratom as a dangerous drug that had to be removed from sale in Point Pleasant Beach.

Other members of the Council clearly agreed that kratom should be regulated appropriately, and it visibly irritated Councilman Kanitra. Kanitra argued that all of the kratom advocates were just part of a massive lobbying and grass-roots campaign and he found it telling that no one was there to argue that kratom should be banned. I told the Council during my speaking time that the opposite was true.

The Big PhRMA companies are funding anti-kratom attacks on popular websites like WebMD where millions of people go to get advice on dietary supplements and drugs that can improve and manage their health. There is a huge anti-kratom effort launched by medication assisted opioid treatment facilities who would lose significant revenue if the FDA were to lift the import alert and allow kratom products to go mainstream.

And I pointed out that even Councilman Kanitra, who runs a lobbying firm in Washington D.C., represents a client that markets a medication management product that helps patients monitor their drug intake, including opioids.  If there are fewer people taking opioids because their pain is well-managed with kratom, then limiting or banning kratom makes business sense for any who profit from wide circulation of opioid products.  Setting aside the potential actual or perceived conflict-of-interest on that representation, the financial interest of any group that relies on the continued and widespread use of opioids is obvious.  While Councilman Kanitra did not even see the potential conflict with his own client, there can be no question that the opponents of kratom have the resources and capabilities to make their case.

This strange and arguably legally questionable parliamentary maneuver by Councilman Kanitra sets the stage for another attempt to vote again on the proposed sale of kratom ban. It certainly was a weird outcome.

Here is a link to a news report from the Borough Council Meeting held on Tuesday, October 1, 2019:

CLICK HERE TO READ THE NEWS REPORT

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Global #Kratom Survey – YOUR Help Needed #KeepKratomLegal #SaveKratom #KratomWarriors #IamKratom

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Kratom Warriors:

An independent research survey is being conducted by Dr. Oliver Grundmann at the University of Florida to evaluate the use and health impact of Kratom products globally. If you are currently or have been using Kratom in the past, you are invited to take this survey.

The survey is conducted anonymously and can be accessed by clicking on the following link: https://ufl.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3laulLA8qgOs5Vz.

In case the link to the survey does not work, please copy and paste the link into your internet browser.

 

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*IMPORTANT #Kratom Message for ALL #KratomWarriors that know #KratomSavesLives #IamKratom To Help #KeepKratomLegal

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Kratom Warriors,

The AKA has spent the last several years battling former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and his crusade to ban kratom.  Our argument has always been based on facts and the science behind kratom, not the misinformation tactics employed by the FDA.  Thanks to your generosity, we didn’t back down and have started to turn the tide.

Now that Gottlieb has stepped down as FDA Commissioner, we have the opportunity to influence President Trump and his decision on who the next person will be to fill this critical position.

Please sign and share this Petition today requesting that President Donald J. Trump appoint a new FDA Commissioner who will commit to protect the public from dangerously adulterated kratom products, and who will follow the true science that has shown that pure kratom is being safely used by millions of American consumers.

Tell President Trump that the next FDA Commissioner should lift the unfair, unjustified, and overly burdensome regulation on imports of kratom that is restricting the freedom of consumers and is allowing bad actors to flood the market with unsafe and dangerous adulterated kratom products.

Also, please share with President Trump your own experience on how kratom has helped you personally in maintaining your health and well-being.  

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The AKA Needs Your Help to #KeepKratomLegal – #KratomSavesLives #IamKratom #KratomWarriors!

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A note from the AKA:

 

Dear Kratom Warriors,
Utah, Georgia, and Arizona.

Protections for kratom consumers are now signed into law by 3 of America’s governors!

Thank you for your generous donations that made that happen.

Rhode Island, Missouri, Nevada, Oregon, Ohio, Kansas, Wisconsin, Louisiana, Illinois, Tennessee, and New York have AKA lobbyists actively working to either block kratom bans or pass the Kratom Consumer Protection Act.

But we have powerful enemies, and our success has raised the alarms at the FDA and with state regulators.  We are witnessing an unprecedented abuse of regulatory powers by unelected bureaucrats.  And it is not just at the FDA.

The Ohio Board of Pharmacy has pulled out all stops to ban kratom and criminalize anyone who uses it. The Arkansas Surgeon General refused to even listen to the science that shows pure kratom is not dangerous.

The bottom line is that these anti-kratom forces are going to do everything they can to stop us.

I am fighting back, and I know you feel just as strongly as I do.

Help us keep the momentum going…

Through our lobbying efforts, we were able to get the FY 2020 House Appropriations Report to include groundbreaking language that sends a clear signal that kratom needs more research, not locking the door on new science by classifying kratom as a Schedule I drug like deadly fentanyl.

Recently, the Health Minister of Indonesia agreed with the FDA and proposed to cut off kratom shipments to the United States.

So, we sent Mac Haddow, our Senior Fellow on Public Policy, to a kratom symposia convened by kratom growers in Indonesia, and our preliminary assessment is that we can protect kratom exports (more work is ongoing).

We are also targeting Idaho, Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, Colorado, Florida, and Alabama for the next legislative session on 2020 and need to fund the efforts to ensure passage.

There is much, much more that is going on behind the scenes that I cannot share right now, but I know we are making real, measurable progress.

But sometimes I read criticisms on social media posts about what the AKA is not doing.

That kind of rhetoric infuriates me…but when I check these critics, they are mostly people who have never contributed a dime to help with this fight.

That’s why I am so grateful for those who do understand we have to fight back and understand that we need professional lobbyists on the ground fighting for us.

Big PhRMA has an army of lobbyists, and we are winning against them because we have science on our side.

And you know that none of this comes without significant effort and money.

That’s the reality of it.

Every month I take a leap of faith and sign the checks for the lobbying teams that are our “boots on the ground” in Washington D.C. and in all of those states where we are protecting your freedom to buy safe kratom.

And every month I try to find a supporter who is willing to match your donations to keep this great work going.

Last month we didn’t do as well as I had hoped, but I have convinced a generous donor to give us another chance.

That donor has again pledged a 3X match for the first $70,000 donated, and a 4X match for every dollar donated after that.

WILL YOU PLEASE CLICK HERE TO DONATE?

If you already donated in the past few days, let me just say Thank You!

If you haven’t had the opportunity to donate, we desperately need your help to allow us to keep our lobbyists on the ground and working to keep kratom legal – and keep adulterated kratom off the streets.

Please make the most generous donation you can today!

Every single dollar makes a real difference.

I am going to be brutally honest — our lobbying fund account is so low I won’t have the money to pay our lobbyists at the end of this week and keep them working — unless you help right now.

Frankly, I need to raise at least $90,000 right away – and with the promised match for every donation — that will let me sign the checks needed to keep our boots on the ground working.

Our work continues, and with your help we will keep winning.

I want to thank every Kratom Warrior for all of the support you have generously provided.

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Please accept my personal thanks to you.

Sincerely,

David Herman

 

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The Benefits Of #Kratom – How #KratomSavesLives – #WeArekratom #IamKratom for #PainRelief #AnxietyRelief #PTSD & More!

Mitragyna speciosa, better known as kratom, is the East Asian herb and the benefits of kratom are helping it take the West by storm.

A tropical tree in the coffee family, kratom is increasingly popular with students and others with a busy lifestyle  who want more drive and focus. Farm workers in Southeast Asia know of the benefits of kratom and would commonly chew on the plant’s leaves or make it into a tea to give them more energy and focus when working.

Discover a wide variety of high quality, all-natural, organic, fresh, fairly-priced Kratom.

Though people in the West are only starting to see its benefits in recent years, its medicinal properties have a long-established history in its native East Asian countries like Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia.

For people who suffer from chronic illness, the benefits of kratom can provide some relief as well; this includes people with an addiction who are trying to manage withdrawal symptoms. When opium was in short supply, people with an addiction used it as a substitute as it has a similar effect on your brain’s opioid receptors.

It’s been used in traditional medicine to treat diabetes, diarrhoea, fever, and relieve pain. This is because it contains more than 40 compounds and over 25 alkaloids, most notably mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine. These are mild analgesics, and help interfere with the effects of opioids, to alleviate some of the suffering associated with withdrawal that can be one of the most powerful benefits of kratom.

This means kratom offers a wide range of health benefits listed below. If you want to find out more about the benefits of Kratom you can find an amazing source right here.

Health Benefits Of Kratom

Pain Relief

The alkaloids in Kratom give it the benefit of a similar pain relieving effect as a mild opioid, but unlike opioids it has not been shown to be addictive. The alkaloids act on the opiate receptors present in the central nervous system, enhancing the release of enkephalins and endorphins which numb your body’s pain receptors.

This means kratom offers mild to moderate pain relief for sufferers of conditions like osteoarthritis, osteomalacia, osteoporosis, chronic backache, rheumatoid arthritis, and joint pain, to name a few.

Overcoming Addictions

Kratom isn’t an opiate, but it activates the opiate receptors in the brain. It bonds with those receptors before an opioid would, easing the effects of addiction in some ways.This helps curb recovering addicts cravings for the drug they’re giving up without the risk of long-term dependency.

Kratom benefits also reduce typical symptoms of opiate withdrawal:

  • cramps
  • vomiting
  • nausea
  • sleeplessness
  • pain
  • anxiety

It’s been a part of treatment for substance abuse that has helped addicts overcome their dependency on a wide range of drugs like heroin and alcohol. This is a major benefit of kratom for people who have struggled a long time with addiction.

Reduces Stress, Anxiety and Depression

For people prone to stress or suffer from anxiety or depression, another kratom benefit is that it helps soothe nerves and elevate the mood. Kratom is a psychoactive substance that releases endorphins and serotonin which enhance your overall mood.

Its calming effect eases tension which greatly helps with social anxiety, making people feel more comfortable in those situations. It’s for this reason that people take kratom during social gatherings in villages in South East Asia.

It also alleviates other symptoms of anxiety like insomnia, heart palpitations, sweating, hyperventilation, muscle cramps, among others. This makes the benefits of kratom ideal for people suffering from mood swings, chronic stress, anxiety and depression, PTSD, panic attacks, and those with highly demanding jobs.

Some strains of it are stronger than others, taken in high quantities it gives users a euphoric feeling. Although this is a tempting benefit of kratom, learn how much is necessary for you to feel the effects and do not go over that.

More Focus on Your Work or Studies

Taking kratom improves your productivity. By acting on opiate receptors in the brain and periphery, the alkaloids, 7-hydroxymitragynine and mitragynine, help people work harder for longer, with a more intense focus than normal. And the release of acetylcholine calms down your ruminating mind, making you better able to focus.

On top of this, the relaxing neurochemicals it releases, like dopamine and serotonin, further increase focus, attention span, and motivation for the task at hand. This provides a great benefit of kratom for people who whose jobs require them to be incredibly focused or whose jobs can be monotonous at times.

Kratom Improves Your Motivation

The activation of the opioid receptors in the brain also gives some motivation and energy to get things done. It gives an “adrenaline rush” which spurs a person into action as they activate the sympathetic nerves by releasing adrenaline and noradrenaline.

And if this isn’t enough, it also induces the release of dopamine and serotonin – two important chemicals for boosting motivation, but also calming and focusing. Kratom offers many unique benefits and being able to be focused and motivated yet calm and serene is but one of them.

Promotes Heart Health

The chemical components in kratom leaves are good for the body’s hormones, arteries and blood vessels, and it helps lower blood pressure. It also helps prevent various heart diseases by easing tension and stress, which means it helps protect against health issues like heart attacks, strokes and atherosclerosis. Heart health is one of the best kratom benefits.

Greater Sex Drive

Kratom is also used as an aphrodisiac and sexual enhancer which makes it great for treating sexual disorders like erectile dysfunction and low libido.

Sleep Deeper for Longer

Kratom regulates the sleep-wake cycle, and can provide relief for those who suffer from insomnia, night terrors or parasomnia. It helps people fall asleep faster and have a deeper more restorative sleep which means better functioning in the daytime. Sleep may be one of the most underestimated health fields, and the benefits of kratom can help with that.

Lowers Inflammation

Kratom is also a powerful anti-inflammatory as its primary active alkaloid, mitragynine, has been found to reduce inflammation. It promotes healing and reduces pain, swelling, and redness at the site of inflammation. It is an analgesic like other over the counter pain relievers, so it has many of those same properties as well. It’s commonly used by rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, and osteoarthritis sufferers, because of this kratom benefit.

Combats Diarrhea

The gastrointestinal tract is influenced by the parasympathetic nervous system. Kratom benefits combats diarrhea by regulating the parasympathetic nervous system and slowing down peristalsis.

Together with its anti-inflammatory action kratom makes a great remedy for sufferers of inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Another benefit that most people do not think of, but can provide reliefs to millions.

Antioxidant Action of Kratom

Some researchers claim that kratom can help protect against cancer. This is because it has a similar effect as your body’s natural antioxidants, superoxide dismutase and glutathione, which help prevent the formation of free radicals. This is associated with a lower risk for several forms of cancer.

Aids Weight Loss

The calming and mood enhancing effect of kratom means it’s good for people with a sugar addiction or are prone to binge eating. It also regulates the satiety center in the hypothalamus of your brain. This means that a person using kratom will feel full sooner, and thus eat less. Think of how much of a benefit kratom would be to people who struggle to keep weight off for health reasons.

Fights Fatigue

Kratom has been used for millennia as a remedy for chronic fatigue symptom. This is because it promotes blood circulation and improves the oxygen levels in your blood, which, together with boosting your metabolic processes, gives you a burst of energy which can last for two to six hours. Part of the neurochemicals that kratom releases also provides energy, focus and motivation which combats fatigue and fatigue disorders as well.

People are more tired and stressed now than ever. Studies have shown we are getting less sleep at night. Kratom benefits can help alleviate some of this.

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How to Take Kratom

People in Southeast Asia traditionally consumed kratom by crushing its leaves and making it into a tea, chewing it, or smoking it. Today kratom exists in capsules, pills and powders.

In powder form it can dissolve in hot water or mix it with herbal teas to make it more palatable. Some people find the taste quite bitter and prefer to take it with alcoholic drinks or to ingest it with food, like mixing it with yoghurt or in homemade cookies to get the same benefits of kratom.

Is It Addictive?

Kratom belongs to the same plant family as coffee called Rubiaceae. And, in the same way drinking ten cups of coffee isn’t good, taking too high a dosage of kratom isn’t either. Taking too much of anything isn’t healthy, and any chemical substance has the potential to be abused.

There are people who abuse kratom, taking high doses of the herb every day and on a long-term basis. However, this is usually because there is already an underlying issue causing them to take too much and become dependent on it. For example, people who used to be addicted to drugs or alcohol who use it to curb their addiction may go overboard on their consumption and then become addicted to kratom itself.

Taking too high a dosage could lead to a Kratom hangover which includes nausea and headaches. However, used properly, in small amounts of 1 to 3 grams a time, there are little, if any, side effects.

Long-term use studies are still pending. However, the centuries long Thai kratom usage proves its safety. A recent report from the country’s Transnational Institute and Narcotic control Board stated Kratom is a part of southern Thai culture and its criminalization is counter-productive in respect to its historic use in the country. The benefits of kratom outweigh the risks.

The FDA Are Trying to Ban It

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has labeled kratom a potentially dangerous drug, and has debated whether or not to categorize it as a schedule 1 substance like cocaine and heroin.

In response to the FDA’s actions, kratom users have been actively campaigning against the illegalization of the herb which has been a godsend for so many of them.

They claim the FDA wants to ban kratom for financial reasons as consumption of the cheap and widely available herb by those who’d otherwise be taking prescription drugs means less money for the government.

This is similar to what happened in Thailand in 1943 when the Thai government banned kratom. Even going as far as cutting down the plant harvests, greatly harming the local biodiversity of the country. All because kratom was threatening the highly profitable opium trade which was beefing up the national treasury.

Kratom clearly offers many benefits that can help with stress, energy, addiction, and several health issues. If you suffer from any of these problems, the benefits of kratom may be able to help you!

 

 

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Ohio Board of Pharmacy Recommendation to Schedule #Kratom Even Though #KratomSavesLives #IamKratom #KratomWarriors

 

Reaction to the Ohio Board of Pharmacy

Recommendation to Schedule Kratom

Dear Kratom Warriors:

The American Kratom Association (AKA) is very disappointed at the decision of the Ohio Board of Pharmacy to recommend the advancement of the proposal to add kratom to Schedule I in the Ohio Controlled Substances statute. This action was taken at the behest of the FDA despite the evidence that was presented showing conclusively that the science directly contradicts the false claims by the FDA.

Members of the Board of Pharmacy are fully aware that the kratom community is actively pursuing a Kratom Consumer Protection Act in Ohio. Our lobbyist reports the Board of Pharmacy staff sees the kratom issue running on two “parallel tracks” over the next several months: one legislative, one administrative. If the Ohio Legislature passes our proposed legislation, the scheduling recommendation would simply die.

The scheduling of kratom will continue with a requirement that the Board’s staff will publish a Business Impact Analysis. The proposed scheduling will be reviewed by the Ohio Lt. Governor’s office in a procedure known as the “Common Sense Initiative” that reviews the impact of proposed regulations on Ohio businesses. The Common Sense Initiative is designed to propel job and economic growth in Ohio, and to improve Ohio’s regulatory climate.  The Board of Pharmacy’s scheduling proposal will have exactly the opposite effect, and we will work hard to make that case.

After the Common Sense Initiative review is completed, the recommended scheduling will then go to the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review of the Ohio Legislature where kratom advocates will be able to provide public testimony on the truth about kratom.

All the while, the AKA is working with several legislators to sponsor the Kratom Consumer Protection Act in the Ohio Legislature.

Sincerely,

The American Kratom Association

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Immune Boosting Syrup.

Wonderful, helpful article for the winter season colds and flus! We also use Elderberry as our go to medicine. Nothing works better!

The Plant Path Folk

This winter as a family we have managed to stave off most colds. No-one has had the flu and sore throats and chesty coughs have been minimal.

We make and consume Elderberry syrup regularly. It is well known for its support to the immune system, being antiviral, rich in vitamin C and ideal for colds and inflenza, and also useful in rheumatism.

Today is Imbolc a tradition Gaelic festival marking the begining of spring. We woke up this morning to a fresh covering of snow.

Winter hasnt finished with us yet so it seems…

To mark the day and make use of stored frozen berries, here is a method to make an Immune boosting syrup.



Traditionally Elderberry Rob, is made using only elderberries, and maybe some spice ie cinnamon. But, today we are using a combination of our foraged berries that were frozen; elderberry, hawthorn berry, blackberry, rosehips and some…

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