By Philip  |  10-26-2017   News
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Rhode Island was the latest state to ban the benign plant kratom. Like Arkansas, they did so by extra-legislative means, quite possibly because of the success of the kratom lobby in educating state and federal legislators. The science supports the use of the plant and (I never thought I would say this) I have to thank CNN for being willing to offer the straight dope on a plant that has been effective at replacing pharmaceuticals for many.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Still amazed that the state of RI pulled a fast sneaky move and banned Kratom with zero public input or knowledge. <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ThisIsntDemocracy</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Drew Turner (@DrewTurner73) <a href="">October 25, 2017</a></blockquote>

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Dr. Christopher McCurdy explains that the reason there isn't more research into the plant that has been investigated for efficacy at treating pain, withdrawal symptoms, anxiety, sleep, chronic fatigue, PTSD and other conditions is that there is "no financial incentive" for pharmaceutical companies to study it further. Despite this, a good bit of research into the plant has shown it is not only safe, but has multiple medicinal benefits across the board.

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It's just about a year out from the kratom community's historic win. A year ago, the DEA attempted a federal ban that would circumvent legislation via "expanded powers." Thanks to the kratom community and a number of medical professionals, botanists, pharmacologists and other research scientists bipartisan support was raised in the 11th hour of last year's legislative session. Most recently, forensic toxicology experts called out <a href="">two coroners who were claiming kratom use resulted in two deaths</a>. As it turns out, the deaths were shown to be attributed to other readily noticable causes. In clinical conditions, scientists could not even induce death in laboratory animals.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#FakeNews</a> of Kratom Deaths Spurs Demands for TN TV Station &amp; GA Coroner Retraction, Reprimands… <a href=""></a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#tellthetruth</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; AmericanKratomAssoc (@TheKratomAssn) <a href="">October 25, 2017</a></blockquote>

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With the President attempting to declare a state of emergency over the opioid crisis, kratom could be more important than ever. The plant has been used for centuries to treat pain as well as to combat opium or opiate addiction while being no more addictive than it's botanical cousin coffee. <a href="">Dr. Sanjay Gupta has talked to kratom users</a> who found it to be a lifesaver. Dr. Gupta's documentaries on cannabis as a medicine for CNN were gamechangers. In a world where methadone and suboxone are known to be as dangerous, addictive and inebriating as the legal and illegal drugs they replace, there is a plant alternative with multiple health benefits. We can only hope that sanity prevails here.

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Anonymous No. 10379 1509032064

No, because the CIA won't let it's cash puppy in Afghanistan die

Anonymous No. 10381 1509033003

No. 10379, I'm afraid you're right. And with that Gottlieb guy on several pharma boards running the FDA it's al payola and coverups from here on out.

Anonymous No. 10392 1509039223


At least the government is not killing kratom. They could schedule it, so people can't get it.

Cathi Rusk No. 10513 1509229600

This article is share worthy. Very well done. To the point

Me No. 10911 1509586052

Thank you for this article. I'll certainly be sharing this one!

Fiona Bennett No. 10927 1509611336

I think Big Pharma most certainly has a financial incentive. Big Pharma’s patents on kratom alkaloids are imho, the real reason the DEA wants to ban the plant. There's money to be made with kratom alkaloids, but not so much if the raw plant is available to the public. Currently, the Pharmaceutical Industry is using kratom alkaloids to manufacture synthetic "opioids". Three synthetic "opioids", in particular, were synthesized from the alkaloids in kratom from 2008- 2016: MGM-9, MGM-15, and MGM-16. They were synthesized from kratom’s alkaloids Mitragynine and 7-Hydroxymitragynine: to make what is essentially patentable, pharmaceutical kratom. Another one of the plant’s alkaloids is Speciofoline. It just so happens that a patent was filed for Speciofoline on August 10, 1964. The patent claims the “alkaloid has useful pharmacodynamic activity, particularly analgetic and antitussive activity.” The patent was filed by Smith Kline, of Glaxo Smith Kline, & French Laboratories. Aside from a patent on Speciofoline, US 20100209542 A1 is an application that was entered for University Of Massachusetts Medical School, University Of Mississippi in 2010. The application recognizes kratom as a treatment for opioid withdrawal. US 20100209542 A1 goes on to claim that kratom could be used to help withdrawals from other drugs as well. However, since kratom can be grown in your backyard, pharmaceutical companies can’t monopolize it — unless the government outlaws it. The DEA wants to make kratom illegal, but the synthetic patented and monopolized version will not. Pharmaceutical harm is the 4th leading cause of death in the United States. How many more deaths will it take before Americans stand up to the DEA, who are operating as guardians of the Pharmaceutical Industry monopoly?

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