Menace or Miracle?

Menace or Miracle?

Dear Friends

As I am sure you are now aware the Psychoactive Substances Act came into affect on the 26th May 2016. This is devastating news for all of us that have been using Kratom to benefit our lives for the better. Let’s spare a thought for the people around us like friends, family or even a stranger in the street.

When we are happy and content with our lives that positive energy is reflected within the family environment. What about our children? We love them so much it can’t be put into words, but how does your wellbeing impact on their lives and their futures? For that matter lets ask our MP’s how these problems are going to affect the Great British economy in the future? SIGN PETITION

Kratom isn’t just about us it also affects the people we meet every day, whether that’s in the home or the work place. Suffering with severe anxiety or living with excruciating pain is unproductive, as is being hopelessly addicted to traditional NHS medications. 

We have to accept that the government tries to do the best to protect the people and accept ‘synthetic’ legal highs have become out of control. The government tried to ban one synthetic drug after another to no avail. 

It is easy for the Chinese scientists to slightly tweak the molecular structure time and time again to get around banned synthetic compounds. This approach quite clearly did not work.

Science Daily states a psychoactive drug or psychotropic ‘substance’ is a chemical substance that acts primarily upon the central nervous system where it alters brain function, resulting in temporary changes in perception, mood, consciousness and behaviour.

This leads me to think about other substances that come under the ban such as taurine, which is the active ingredient in energy drinks. As far as I know there has not been any published exemptions list. Does this mean the police are going to enforce the new law and remove all energy drinks from national supermarkets? This is what is so frustrating, it seems the government should have spent a little more time researching. If the government are not able to define what is exempt then how can they expect the police to know?

Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) is NOT a synthetic drug. Kratom leaf comes from a tree that organically grows in the jungles across all of South East Asia. Farm labourers originally used Kratom to help them get through a hard days work farming the fields.

Kratom is a member of the Rubiaceae (coffee) family and is used the same as we use coffee in the morning as a pick-me-up. At a psychoactive level the only difference between Kratom and coffee are the naturally occurring active alkaloids. The main active alkaloid in Kratom is Mitragynine and Caffeine is the psychoactive substance naturally occurring in coffee.

We were the first company to import Kratom into the UK in 2002. It’s almost 14 years to the day that Kratom has been commercially available in the UK. At that time we had no idea how beneficial this tree was about to become.

My first experience with the amazing effects of Kratom came from an unknown stranger who suffered with chronic fibromyalgia. I received a very excited call from a young man who told me what he had experienced. Young man explained to me for the past 3 years he had not been outside of his flat and only did so when he had to. Usually every two weeks to cash his gyro. He was too ill to be employable burdening the welfare system, which was no fault of his own.

A friend bought some Kratom and told him it’s a bit like coffee and might make you feel better, ‘’pick you up from your depression’’. To his surprise it did pick him up but he went on to say more.  While using Kratom he found that 90% of his symptoms had subsided and for the first time in years he felt normal.

He told me it was raining that day but it did not matter, he could not wait to go outside and enjoy this newfound freedom. Kratom is not a miracle cure, by no means, but in his words, Kratom was the only thing he had found effective after years of being experimented on by his doctor.

It would be wise to sit back and look at facts before we decide to ban something we do not fully understand. This is a classic case of progressive herbal medicine, which was discovered by accident.

There are many undiscovered naturally occurring alkaloids in unknown flora from around the world. Please think this through and look at the evidence before you classify Kratom as a synthetic legal high. We are proud and honoured too of been able to help so many desperate people across the world, with an organic and naturally occurring leaf known as Kratom.

I strongly believe after dedicating years of my life and making life-changing sacrifices, that in my experience Kratom is safe when used in moderation. I am neither a doctor nor a scientist just an ordinary person that has witnessed positive results from this tree. I will however try to provide as much research as possible to help the government reconsider whether Kratom should be included on the exemptions list.

Safety is the government’s number one priority but does 14 years in the UK market not tell you something? There has been one registered death in the UK where Kratom was found to be present in the bloodstream.

Coroner Graham Short returned a verdict that Mr Daniels had died as a result purely of the combined toxic effects of the two chemicals contained in Kratom; mitragynine and 7 hydroxymitragynine.

He then went on to say, there were at least ten other substances in his blood, including anti-depressants and anti-epileptic medication.

It would be easy for Mr Short to draw the conclusion that Kratom was responsible when he knows very little about it. What were the other eight unpublished substances in this fatal cocktail?

READ HERE

DRUG YEAR DEATHS SOURCE
Alcohol 2014 8,697 Click here
Tobacco 2013 463,986 Click here
Heroin and morphine 2014 952 Click here
Tramadol 2014 240
Methadone 2014 394
New psychoactive substances 2014 82
Benzodiazepines 2014 372
Zopiclone & zolpidem 2014 100
Antidepressants 2014 517
Paracetamol 2014 200
Co-codamol 2014 63

The only way we are ever going to be heard is if we all stand together.  It is our right and responsibility to sign the petition. Press your hands together, write your testimonial/success stories in as much detail as possible on how Kratom has helped you and why you would like it to be included on the exemptions list. If we can gather as much information on this wonderful tree we can all help the government to understand its safety and the many benefits it beholds. 

Kratom is not a legal high, or a street drug. Kratom has naturally evolved along side all of humanity, it is one of the many understudied flora our planet has to offer. Remember what we said earlier about friends and family. If your wellbeing has impacted on their lives ask them to sign the Kratom Petition and document on our blog. Together we can be heard.

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