When it comes to American kratom, there are those who deem it as a miracle herb. Kratom is legal in the United States, but with certain restrictions.
There are several states that are all for kratom use, but there are people who are against kratom. Federal authorities are pressuring the public to agree to ban kratom. They are doing this because they say they want to protect the public from kratom’s dangers.
Many would like to dismiss the authorities’ worries since they don’t have all the facts. The push to ban kratom comes from a misinformed public. Kratom organizations and kratom-support groups are advocating changing this.
But, why is American kratom in such a precarious state?
Lawmakers and those in the Food and Drug Administration have a firm stance against kratom. They have concerns that kratom has the potential to be addictive and can lead to death via an overdose.
Kratom users say that kratom is a safe substitute for those who want an alternative to their old drugs. But the federal authorities want to take extra precautions. This is why the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) tried to ban it back in 2016.
Thanks to public outcry and the efforts of 51 congressmen, the DEA dropped its efforts to pursue the ban. For now.
Right now, there are six states and five cities that restrict kratom use in their borders. The rest of America enjoys full access to kratom. Even with this access, though, there’s still a lot that people need to understand about kratom.
With so much misinformation about Kratom, people have established groups dedicated to kratom to combat this.
Founded back in 2014, the American Kratom Association (AKA) is a kratom-based organization. In 2015, AKA launched a campaign with the goal to have a country that enjoys the consumption of kratom. They aim to help their country have full consumer access to kratom and to be free to make a choice to use kratom.
People have used kratom for centuries as herbal medicine. Kratom does wonders to ease pain and tension. People even use it to control mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression. A lot of people even switch to kratom since they found it to be more effective than their old medications.
There has been a lot of scientific and general misinformation that had been spread about the herb. Thanks to this, users have difficulty in using kratom in such a controlling environment.
The community that represents AKA has members who are responsible kratom consumers. These users want to provide the public with all the knowledge that they need when it comes to kratom.
Kratom’s popularity has allowed people from all walks of life to be a part of a growing community. You will get to see that those that are supporters of AKA are from different backgrounds. These people even have experts in the medical and scientific fields.
Doctors, scientists, nurses, and even lawmakers are part of the AKA or supporting AKA’s cause for kratom. AKA has five main goals listed in their mission statement. The goals they set out for themselves are:
It’s no secret that the FDA and AKA like to butt heads when it comes to what they thing kratom is and what kratom isn’t. The FDA keeps making claims with evidence to back it up. Reporters and those in the AKA are quick to debunk the claims and evidence the FDA provides.
A while back, an FDA commissioner ruled that kratom is a classic opioid, an actual drug. Those in the AKA call this claim false. Studies show that the alkaloids in kratom are nowhere near the levels in opioids.
The FDA also claims that the alkaloids in kratom will make it very addictive. Kratom addiction is the same as caffeine addiction. As long as a user doesn’t take high doses of kratom, kratom is no more addictive as your last cup of coffee.
Reporters also found out that the FDA exaggerated reports of 36 Kratom deaths. The sources found that there were only eight deaths and they weren’t directly caused by the use of kratom.
Time and time again, the FDA would deny the science the public and the AKA use to back their claims. Each side is firm with their stance. They will continue this kind of exchange, but AKA sees this as necessary if it is to keep kratom legal in the United States.
As long as there is a public outcry for kratom to stay legal, the FDA’s efforts to ban it get slowed down.
Back in July 2018, Tennessee reversed its kratom ban. However, there is the condition that only those over 21 years of age can consume the herb in that state. This shows that there will be efforts on both sides to ban kratom where it isn’t and to have kratom legal where it isn’t.
AKA’s efforts are possible thanks to the help and donations from their supporters. As a non-profit organization, AKA needs all the help that it can get.
AKA continues to publish studies on kratom and even made a visual aid called Kratom by the Numbers. The presentation shows the results of a 2016 petition where many have shown support for American kratom. These are the people who will continue to fight for kratom’s continued legality.