Almost everyone who is a fan of herbal medicine is familiar with Kratom. It grows in Southeast Asia, but people from the whole world use Kratom for its natural healing and recreational effects. Only in the USA, there are millions of people that use Kratom for different medicinal reasons.
The American Kratom Association claims these users to be between three to five million. With such a big market in the USA, imposing a ban will make it impossible for millions of people to get Kratom.
For some reason, the federal drug regulatory authority is not convinced that Kratom can be of any benefit. It firmly believes that Kratom is highly addictive and thus it needs to be banned in all states.
In 2016, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) classified two alkaloids of Kratom into Schedule I drugs. It is precisely that time when earliest cases of Kratom linked deaths made the headlines. This Schedule I list has names of abusive drugs that are illegal in the USA. Usually, there are no medicinal benefits acknowledged for these drugs. A few examples of substances in Schedule I are ecstasy, cocaine, LSD, heroin, etc.
While there is a little on Kratom as a safe herb, many Kratom advocates believe that banning it will completely banish any scientific study in the future. Banning Kratom means that anyone who possesses, sale or buy Kratom will be a criminal. This way, there are fewer chances for Kratom to revive its status in the USA again.
Interestingly, the federal government has not banned Kratom in a few states. This illegal status of Kratom is only imposed in a few states. Remaining states have no clear laws or pending legislation on Kratom. It shows that there is no clear stance on Kratom in the entire US. Different states have different rules and a different stand on Kratom.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) believes that Kratom is an “opioid” with dangerous effects on health. A report from FDA, published last year has enlisted 24 different compounds, all of which have an opioid-like effect.
For the new readers, an opioid is class drugs that include medicines that are a derivative of opium poppy plant. It contains all natural or chemically made drugs. Opioids work by attaching themselves to the specific receptors on the brain. Once they bind, they start creating a signal for the brain to which, the brain responds and produces a pain relieving, stress relieving or euphoric effect. All our common painkillers, i.e., morphine follow the same pathway to work.
Now FDA believes that Kratom also works like these opioids. Yes, Kratom also works by binding its alkaloids to specific attachment sites in the brain. But it is not an opioid. However, FDA believes that Kratom also has a risk of abuse, addiction or long-term withdrawal effects just like all opioids.
Kratom supporters invalidate these claims, calling them misleading. When Kratom was on a leash, a group of scientists expressed their knowledge on Kratom by writing a letter to FDA. It was big support from the scientific community that eventually helped in taking back of this ban.
This stance on the potential risks of Kratom is invalid. Almost every drug either natural or chemically made will show a side effect if the user is taking an enormous amount or mixing it with other substances. When the fair usage policy applies to every medicine, Kratom has a defense of fair usage policy too.
Find out who is imposing a ban on Kratom
To stop the Kratom ban, it is necessary to identify the targets first. Note that it’s not just the FDA who is against Kratom. There is always a bigger reality behind every backlash. Some experts believe that big pharma corporations are playing a part behind this story.
Let’s look at the events once again.
The Kratom rivalry started at Feb 06th, 2018. To our knowledge, it was the date when Scott Gottlieb, FDA director took a step further and initiated this campaign. The prime focuses of this campaign were;
- People who have never used Kratom
- The new users of Kratom
After a week, Alexander Kariman filed a patent. It was a 15/898,232 (US Patent Application 20180169172) claiming Kratom alkaloids as his discovery. (mention link of source from where you read this?)
You see how these two sides are connected?
At one side we see that FDA is strict on Kratom vendors for their sales in the USA. On the other hand, the director, Scott Gottlieb is constantly declaring statements on Kratom linked deaths. And then comes to this patent claims which is from a Mr. Nobody and has no track record?
It seems like a well-planned game where everyone knows his part. Kratom is demonized for its effects, someone files a patent, and a ban is proposed on Kratom. It seems like Kratom users and patent filer person are on same footings, and the campaign is just a marketing strategy to promote the plant negatively. FDA and Scott Gottlieb may not have any gain from this ban at all. But who knows?
Make counter strategy for stopping the ban on Kratom
The final step is to take action. It doesn’t matter if you do not use Kratom and are unaffected by its prohibition. There are many things that you can do. Even at lowest, you can promote Kratom awareness by any preferred way of your choice. Some of the things to promote Kratom awareness are;
- Write a post and share it on your social media
- Share researches on Kratom benefits at a public forum
- Take part in discussions on Kratom
- Volunteer with any organization or person working on Kratom awareness
Tell the world that Kratom warriors don’t need weapons but brains. There is enough that people can do to stop the ban on Kratom.
For example, Kratom has certain researches on it, which proves its healing effect. On a community level, you may contribute and fund research on Kratom that will prove FDA’s decision to lack a real science.
There is something that is behind the curtains of Kratom campaign. It is not difficult to guess that something is going on between pharmaceutical industries and FDA.
Also, here are a few suggestions that Kratom community can bring in front of FDA.
Regularize all Kratom vendors
This ban story started when the Kratom sellers tried to make some profit with untrue claims. Banning Kratom in the USA will not stop people from using it. But if all such claims are checked and vendors follow a fine to spread misleading information, Kratom may be regularized.
You see, when a social media account of a Kratom seller shares fancy stories on how Kratom miraculously healed a person, anyone can fall for it. Even if you ignore the marketing strategies, no Kratom vendor should be allowed to publicize such stories.
A new rule on accurate and honest product description should be applied to every online seller operating in the United States. For sharing a false or untrue medical claim, the Kratom vendor would have to pay a fine to the Gov.
Educate people on fair usage of Kratom
When we say, “promote Kratom” it does not always mean to spread its benefits. It also intends to spread its fair usage. Take time to read on what does fair usage of Kratom mean. Also, learn about standard guidelines and consumption methods. If possible, try to share this information with your friends, family or social circle.
The basis of this slander campaign against Kratom is Kratom’s potential for abuse. But there would be no abuse if people follow a standard dosage in the most appropriate way. Therefore, it is a request to update your knowledge and people around you. Promoting safe Kratom usage will hopefully end this negative news soon.
Actively participate in save Kratom campaign
Lastly, here is something that carries significant value. Try to reach to your native government representative and discuss Kratom’s ban with him. Either individually or in a group, raise this matter as a public concern. It may take longer or requires multiple words, but it will surely work.
If you are a Kratom lover, you must defend it and fight against this proposed ban on Kratom. Try all your means and help to save Kratom from a ban. This Kratom ban applies to everyone, regardless of if he uses Kratom or not.
If you are not a Kratom user, still it is your ethical duty to fight for the truth. Fight for what you believe is right. If you are not into Kratom, you can read about it online and then decide to support or oppose it. There is sufficient data on Kratom at online sources. Take out time and read about Kratom today.