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Monday, September 24, 2012

Forbes Publishes a Non-Hysterical Story on Kratom

Posted by on Mon, Sep 24, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Will wonders never cease? Articles like this are what I've been yearning for. No false equivalencies about kratom and bath salts:

It’s called Kratom, and unlike bath salts, Spice or any of the synthetic, formerly ”legal” drugs on the DEA hit list, this one is entirely organic...


Kratom is not new to the United States. It’s been floating around the herbal marketplace for decades, sold as a tonic for a variety of uses...

Citing actual targeted research about actual stuff instead of blustery, ignorant politicians or doctors (just because a person is an MD doesn't make him/her/it an expert on everything):

A 2004 study on the tolerance and withdrawal effects of kratom in mice conducted jointly by the Josai International University in Japan and Chulalongkorn University in Thailand concluded that tolerance to 7-hydroxymitragynine (the chemical in Kratom thought to possess addictive properties) developed “as occurs to morphine,” and there was evidence of cross-tolerance to morphine, as well.

Not leaping to crazy conclusions:

But whether or not Kratom deserves a DEA-exempt existence among legal substances in the marketplace remains to be seen.

See, that wasn't so hard, was it?

The article leans toward the conservative side of the issue—I don't expect most reporters to float the argument that the prohibition of morphine makes it more dangerous—but at least it tries to be fair. Thanks, Forbes.

(And hat tip to Sanho Tree.)


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I had never even heard of kratom before a family friend (and MD) introduced it to my wife years ago for alleviating menstrual cramps. She swears by it as a natural alternative pain reliever and muscle relaxer.

With prescription drug abuse being so prevalent, you'd think that a leaf - purely 100% natural extract - wouldn't even be involved in the conversation.

If people will abuse anything from cough syrup to chocolate, why is it up to the government to grant the stamp of kratom approval one way or the other?

Where are their scientific studies (not sensationalized media promulgation formerly known as journalism) supporting kratom as this dirty street level designer drug?

We have plenty of testimonials from happy customers that use kratom as a natural alternative to help treat symptoms related to Crohn's Disease, IBS, Endometriosis, Joint Pain, Insomnia, and Anxiety related health maladies.

The proof is in the pudding. It's a crushed up leaf, that is unprocessed and 100% natural - at least that is the type of product we sell, I can't speak for anyone else. There certainly are the less than savory opportunistic bunch out there that market this natural ayurvedic remedy as a 'legal high.'

I laugh at that stuff....people will sniff, snort, smoke, inhale, or topically apply anything - should we also ban spray paint, glue, tobacco, alcohol, and anything else just because some stupid moron chooses to abuse it?

Minors, yes - don't give them access to kratom, and punish the people that do just like cigs or booze. beyond's a free country!

I'm proud to live in the greatest country in the world ~ let's keep it that way!

Great article to at least broach the alternative viewpoint, must've taken some heat from the editors in publishing this counterpoint to all the kratom fodder that's out there.
Posted by on September 26, 2012 at 4:09 PM · Report this
I'll tell you why doctors are against it... It's because they haven't heard about it. Doctors can be some of the most arrogant assholes around. And it they haven't heard about something medicinal or "healing" then it most be bad for you or it will not help you. My brother told me this and he IS a doctor. Learn more at
Posted by on September 29, 2012 at 6:48 PM · Report this
Definitely important to seek out your own research on Kratom. The lack of publicly available and reliable information on the effects is quite remarkable. Some of the articles I've published on the matter are up at…
Posted by Kratom on December 17, 2013 at 4:29 PM · Report this

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