First off, we want to advise you that you should not discontinue a medication without professional advice from a doctor. Although it might seem like a suitable replacement for some drugs, it should not be used or combined without first consulting a doctor. All the statements used on this website are for informational purposes only and should not be taken as professional advice.
Kratom might be an alternative to SSRIs, Benzodiazepines, and other antidepressants. Many report feeling much better when using kratom. Although it comes in many different strains and variations. Some strains are better for feeling euphoric while others are better for pain relief. With this said, kratom might not be the most suitable replacement as an everyday anti-depressant due to tolerance and addictive potential. On the other hand, common pharmaceutical antidepressants have their own long list of side effects and have been shown in some studies to be no more effective than placebo. Meanwhile, the pharmaceutical industry is making billions of dollars annually from these drugs which are approved by the FDA – the same government agency that is trying to ban kratom.
As stated previously, if you are currently taking any prescription painkillers (or find yourself buying naproxen or Tylenol on a regular basis) Kratom might be worth a shot under a doctor’s advice; it’s inexpensive and effective for many people. Maybe it’s time to end the stigma behind this and its use to get people “high” as a majority of its users are productive members of society simply looking for an alternative to their synthetic pain pill battle. Wouldn’t you prefer to take something natural over a man-made substance if it worked? Keep reading http://discoverkratom.org/kratom-as-a-natural-anti-depressant-alternative/
Think of it of like GMOs, if somebody was given the option of eating a piece of food that was modified and had a bunch of chemicals in it to make it grow bigger or, had the option of eating a naturally grown piece of food that was able to sustain on its own without intervention the choice would be obvious. Except, in this case, kratom is not like choosing cheaper preservative-laden food but rather, an even cheaper effective option to the unnatural route. Patients are choosing the synthetic more dangerous route because this is how their doctors are taught in school (not their fault). They see “natural” as ineffective because the pharmaceutical industry cannot patent a natural substance and profit from it so they don’t sink money into funding the proper studies.
In fact, most prescription drugs are created from natural substances that are modified so that the Pharma companies can secure multi-million dollar patents on them. The Pharma industry cannot patent kratom or its natural alkaloids and, therefore, it can certainly be assumed that it is seen as a threat to them. In the end, the Pharma industry has no interest in studying kratom and never will. Most of the studies involving the analgesic effects of the plant have been privately funded.
Of course, kratom will never be advertised as the pharmaceutical companies are not looking to support their competition. It is even possible that the Pharma industry is intentionally funding negative media on the plant. The sad thing is that once this medicinal herb is banned it is likely gone FOREVER meaning chronic pain sufferers and opioid drug addicts will have to go back to their expensive and dangerous synthetic drug options.
Is Kratom Legal?
Kratom is illegal in Thailand but for dubious reasons so don’t jump to conclusions. It was banned because the government was losing profits on opium taxes as people were switching to a more natural and freely available substitute to combat their addictions. I will write an article that talks more about that later. For now, Kratom is legal in Canada and the United States as well as many other countries.
Legality in the USA
The United States is looking to ban kratom because the FDA says it is “harmful” and has a “high risk for abuse”. While anybody that has any knowledge about Kratom can tell you, it is a safer alternative to the “FDA approved” prescription narcotics that kill thousands yearly. Many innocent people that were prescribed these FDA approved pain pills got addicted and in turn, have OD’d. Essentially, these pills have ruined lives and now the FDA and many state governments are trying to take away a natural alternative by giving it an unfair title. Some have suggested this is a conspiracy and the FDA is doing this so the pharmaceutical industry does not lose profits.
So far legislation against kratom has passed in several states. In other states, battles against this herb have been won by several advocacy groups (such as the Botanical Defence League). There are some more pending battles and certainly more to come. The best site to see current legislation in the USA is this website which seems to keep up-to-date information.
As of this writing, kratom is currently banned in the following states meaning distribution and possession is illegal:
It’s common sense that the government would want to criminalise Kratom because, well, who are we fooling, money runs the world, and Pharma companies have an unlimited amount. (That doesn’t mean that they have enough money because they will never have enough money, they want this money train to run forever, and anything that gets in the way and poses as threat will be stopped!)
Although I’ve mainly discussed the mere benefits of using kratom (read more in here http://discoverkratom.org/) as opposed to prescription medication are now now going to talk about the recreational use of this plant. Kratom is a plant. It grows in Southeast Asia as a leaf. So out here in North America you will most likely be getting your product dried; either in capsule, powder, extract or raw leaf form.