Kratom: Ancient Remedy, Modern Health
By: Monica Floyd
October 19, 2017
When I first discovered kratom, it wasn’t mainstream news. I could use it, advocate for it, and go about everyday life without anyone questioning me about its safety. I write from a different perspective today. It’s the perspective of a woman who has seen her friends and loved ones judged based on their decision to forgo traditional pharmaceuticals and opt for a holistic alternative. I may be getting ahead of myself…
Perhaps those of you reading this don’t know what kratom is. Kratom is a plant. Specifically, kratom is a plant that grows in Indonesia (Mitragyna speciosa) that has been used for hundreds of years to treat pain, depression, and anxiety. Natives of Indonesia pull kratom leaves right off the tree and chew them throughout the day. It is a relative of the coffee plant that is stimulating in small doses and pain relieving in larger doses.
In the United States, kratom is widely sold among alternative medicine circles in the form of kratom powder. Kratom powder is simply the leaf crushed up into a powder that is then ingested orally, commonly made into kratom tea. Millions of people around the world safely use kratom to help them with pain relief on a daily basis. Kratom dosage ranges from one teaspoon of powder to start and increases from there.
At this point you may be wondering where the controversy comes into play. Why do mainstream media and government authority cause a sensation over a simple little leaf? For one, it has been falsely reported by writers and investigative journalists that when people take kratom, there is a “kratom high” associated with it. That is simply not the case. Humans do not get “high” off of kratom. Once again, I reiterate that kratom has a mild stimulant effect comparable to coffee, when taken in small doses. In larger doses kratom has a more sedating effect, comparable to kava.
The most important thing to know about kratom, is it saves lives. Kratom is successful in helping opiate addicts recover from their addiction. It is a much safer alternative than the government funded methadone program that leaves people reliant on a deadly pharmaceutical concoction.
How safe is it to take kratom? Kratom is so safe that there are no reported deaths from the use of kratom alone. Take a moment to let that sink in. Kratom for pain relief is safer than driving a car every day. It is safer than drinking coffee, or taking a shower. It is most certainly safer than taking any drug that you may be prescribed. One of the reasons kratom is so safe is that unlike opiates, it relieves pain without causing respiratory depression. In other words, it does not impact the ability to breathe. Opiates do.
I urge you to research the kratom legislation that may be pending in your state. Your very government that owns a patent on the main alkaloid found in kratom (mitragynine), is trying to ban this plant. It has been successful in a few states, but we have fought them! We have successfully intercepted legislation, and voted against amendments to ban the plant or its alkaloids. Kratom advocates teach and inform the general public to raise kratom awareness. As one of those advocates, I reach out to you and challenge you to come to your own conclusions about this ancient plant. Do your part to keep this plant safe for those of us that choose holistic instead of pharmaceutical medicine.
About The Author: Monica Floyd is a writer and activist in the Kratom Community hailing from the Savannah, Georgia area. She regularly writes for her own blog and website, https://darkestpalace.wordpress.com & you can check out her blog's Facebook Page here: https://www.facebook.com/darkmindsthinkalike