Kratom: Another One Bites the Dust…

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Metamodern Science and Technology: Kratom

”The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced its intention to place the active materials in the Kratom plant into Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act in order to avoid an imminent hazard to public safety.” – www.dea.gov

By EJ Wickes
Image (above) of Kratom in its natural form.

What is Kratom? Well, in a mystical land far far away grows a tree, and the leaves of this tree have some intriguing effects. Mitragyna speciosa Korthals, a member of the coffee family Rubiaceae, is a tree that grows throughout Indochina and the Malay Peninsula. A native to Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam; Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar (Burma); China, Korea, Tibet; Indonesia and Singapore; this plant has been widely used medicinally and recreationally for a millennium.

The use of Kratom was described by westerners as far back as the 19th Century. It was being used by the peasants and laborers as a natural stimulant, pain killer and euphoric. Several studies along the way have shown beneficial medicinal applications. It’s popularity was due to the fact that it was historically cheaper and not regulated like opium. And therein lies the rub. Money. It’s all about the money. Kratom was undercutting the opium market. And the opium market means tax revenues for the state.

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The chemistry of this plant is well worth noting. To spare you the scientific mumbo-jumbo, in plain English, there are particular alkaloids in Kratom that affect the same receptors in the brain as opiates and other morphine derivatives. Users claim it to be a good substitute for pharmaceutical painkillers, and also as a treatment to rehab addicts off of heroin and other narcotics.

Metamodern Science and Technology: KratomI was taking Vicodin: hydrocodone, acetaminophen or hydrocodone, APAP for a broken ankle. They were giving me 60 pills in every bottle, three refills (bottles) per each prescription. Although some individuals can have serious adverse reactions to morphine, I might have preferred it, as morphine is a more natural, less refined painkiller and less aggressive to your system than Vicodin, and other painkillers. That’s why it’s called pain “management” not pain “banishment”. Much controversy surrounds drugs containing acetaminophen. Vicodin contains Tylenol.

“Liver damage is the most serious side effect of Tylenol and can be fatal. Overdosing on Tylenol or other acetaminophen-containing drugs leads to Tylenol poisoning, which leads to liver damage and/or failure. Tylenol is primarily metabolized in the liver.”
– www.drugwatch.com

Kratom leaves can be ground into a tea and is also cured to be smoked. Taken as a powder in gelatin capsules is popular method of ingestion. As with any herb or drug; it’s my responsibility to do my homework. One should never underestimate the potential dangers of any so-called natural substance. Many of our pharmaceuticals originate from organic sources and natural compounds.

With drugs or herbal medications, peer-reviewed studies need to be a priority. Marijuana, LSD, MDMA and other recreational drugs have been studied and harshly politicized more by the DEA and the moneyed special interests in Washington than the medical profession itself. Many studies compiled on alternative substances which have shown beneficial results with less harmful side-effects, have been hidden in the shadows for years.

Chart from draxe.com

The popularity of Kratom has grown exponentially over the past decade. In the United States you may have noticed an increase in the varieties and inventory available in your local smoke shop. Since no US authority has had much understanding of it, or how to regulate it, Kratom has been widely available over the internet and over the counter. By the end of the month, Congress is letting the DEA take the helm. The party’s over! As of October 1st, no more soup for you! The Man’s crackin’ down, since he knows all too well what’s good for you better than you do, right?

THAT SAID: Do not think that Kratom is a miracle drug with absolutely zero side effects or risk. This is a grave misconception for many of those seeking natural medicinal alternatives. The emergency wards are still getting their fair share of overdose victims not only with heroin and narcotics, but with those who have pushed the envelope with Kratom, Ginkgo Biloba and several other over-the-counter herbs and extracts.

What’s the bottom line? How much authority should the establishment have over what you choose to ingest? Of course matters of public safety are a concern but how does a society police itself logically and empathetically to find balance between personal liberty and public safety?

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Metamodern Science and Technology: Kratom

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