How to comment about kratom?
I wanted to update everyone on what is going on with the Kratom comment periods. It looks like the FDA is going to open the comment period back up until August 23rd.
Click on the kratom comments and the link will be connecting you to the official federal government websites. Make sure not to share sharing sensitive information.
There were a few press announcements on federal government sites about the extended comment period, but never the press we would like to see. We would like to see international control of products and proper routes for shipments.
Kratom Import Alert!
The Kratom Import Alert makes it difficult for legitimate vendors to ensure expensive shipments are not being seized. These shipments can cost a lot of money and neither farmers or vendors want to take a chance with the import alert the way it is currently.
I almost feel that when negative articles are circulating every media outlet picks it up, but when a positive story or good news comes along we get crickets.
Comments are done being collected on the AKA website and will be submitted to the World Health Organization and the FDA. The Food and Drug Administration opened a public comment period in 2016. On August 30, 2016 the Drug Enforcement Administration announced its intent to schedule kratom! We then see that The DEA Changes Its Mind on Kratom.
Peer review report
There is an issue and something more is going on then public health!
We have been through this type of situation in the past, but this time the FDA is getting some big guns involved globally. We need to get everyone together to fight these ongoing fights. We need the United States, Indonesia, Thailand, and all other Southeast Asian countries to work together now.
ASEAN, also known as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, is a regional intergovernmental organization comprising ten countries in Southeast Asia. These countries include Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. ASEAN was established on August 8, 1967, with the aim of promoting economic growth, social progress, and cultural development in the region.
In the context of the given statement, ASEAN’s involvement in the battle at hand can be seen as highly beneficial. The organization’s collective efforts and cooperation among member nations can contribute significantly to addressing the challenges and finding effective solutions. ASEAN provides a platform for dialogue, collaboration, and mutual support, enabling member countries to work together towards common goals.
Furthermore, the mention of mitragyna speciosa, commonly known as kratom, in relation to withdrawal symptoms and cravings suggests a potential connection to substance abuse or addiction. Mitragyna speciosa is a tropical tree native to Southeast Asia, and its leaves have been traditionally used for medicinal purposes. However, in recent years, concerns have been raised about its potential for abuse and addiction.
The statement implies that there have been case reports suggesting that the effects of mitragyna speciosa do not include withdrawal symptoms and cravings. This could indicate that further research is needed to fully understand the potential risks and benefits associated with the use of this substance. It also highlights the importance of conducting comprehensive studies and gathering more evidence to inform public health policies and interventions related to substance abuse.
In conclusion, ASEAN’s involvement in the battle at hand can be seen as a significant advantage, given its role in promoting regional cooperation and addressing common challenges. The mention of mitragyna speciosa and its effects on withdrawal symptoms and cravings raises important questions about substance abuse and addiction, emphasizing the need for further research and evidence-based approaches in this area.
Kratom WHO ban
Update Summer 2022 we have won this one battle, but there is more anti kratom rhetoric now than ever. I get trolled on social media and via email. I have spoken with other companies, and they are dealing with similar situations.
People are entitled to their opinion in a free country, but do not forget that I am under the same law and live in the same country!
Hopefully, the trolls do not get upset when the community comes back and slams you for your lies. Nobody in the community is dealing with the lies and nonsense anymore.
We have been through a lot since 2016. We know the truth and have plenty of decades old consumers who know it does not kill them. We have the kratom science behind us 100% now more than ever.
A statement from FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb md on FDA advisory about deadly risks associated with kratom seem to be unfounded.
Kratom 8 Factor Analysis
In the United States, the “8-factor analysis” is a term used to describe an evaluation conducted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) when considering the scheduling or rescheduling of a substance under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). The 8-factor analysis examines eight factors listed in the CSA. It determines whether a substance should be classified as a controlled substance. The substance is then placed into one of the five DEA schedules, which range from Schedule I to V.
These eight factors are:
- Actual or relative potential for abuse
- Scientific evidence of its pharmacological effects
- The state of current scientific knowledge regarding the drug or substance
- History and current pattern of abuse
- Scope, duration, and significance of abuse
- What, if any, risk there is to the public health
- Psychic or physiological dependence liability
- Whether the substance is an immediate precursor of a substance already controlled under the CSA
In the context of kratom, the DEA had considered scheduling it as a controlled substance several times in the past. However, due to public outcry and the submission of scientific research, the DEA withdrew their intent to schedule kratom in 2016, and kratom remains legal in most parts of the United States (though there are some local and state restrictions).
In the case of kratom, the DEA had previously considered classifying kratom as a Schedule I substance, which would place it in the same category as drugs like heroin and LSD. However, after a significant public outcry and engagement from various stakeholders, including advocacy groups and researchers, the DEA decided to delay its decision and instead opened a public comment period.
As part of this process, the DEA requested an “8 Factor Analysis” on kratom. This analysis involves evaluating eight specific factors, including the substance’s potential for abuse, its pharmacological effects, the scientific evidence of its medicinal uses, and the risks associated with its use, among others.
There has been an updated 8-factor analysis on kratom in 2021 and the analysis states what previous studies have concluded:
In conclusion, we do not recommend scheduling kratom or any of its alkaloids in the CSA. We do recommend accelerated research to address the many questions raised in this review, including support of the potential development of new medicines with potential better safety and/or efficacy profiles for a variety of diseases.
Finally, we recommend that the US federal government and other nations consider approaches to kratom regulation as are presently being pioneered in five US states.
Will kratom get banned?
I personally do not think that kratom will be banned. We know that kratom tea when used responsibly is a great tool in the toolbox. To anyone reading that thinks kratom is a problem please look at your local liquor store.
You will see many happy and sad people going in and out of that establishment daily. Do they drink to be happy or drink to kill their emotions? Does it matter?
Liquor is regulated for twenty-one and over. Liquor has a history of killing a lot of people. Liquor is still legal. Teach responsible kratom use!
Mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine are natural components of the Mitragyna Speciosa plant. Newer research shows that 7-hydroxymitragynine does not show up in abundance within the plant.
People will abuse and use anything they can get their hands on in this world. Sugar, cocaine, coffee, alcohol, and whatever else you can think of that can or is an issue.
We must lock up and ask for Identification to purchase cold medicine now. Why? People abused it!
I would love to see more programs focused on substance abuse and the mental health challenges that cause addictive behavior.
My point is that we cannot ban everything in the world. People will abuse anything and everything. Education about plants and how they have been used traditionally for thousands of years is what we should be focused on as a society. I do see much more return to natural plant medicine over the past few decades, but we have a long way to go.
I will continue to fight for every consumer and the right to use plants as an option for their own personal use. The more we make, the more we donate to Keep Kratom Legal. This usually falls in the range of about 10% of our sales.
Ten percent is what we pledge towards the American Kratom Association. We send out an additional $500.00 per month to the University of Florida’s Pharmacology program for kratom research.
We believe strongly that kratom research should be our top priority.
Some kratom products can have other leaves mixed in and contain 50% kratom. The problem is that vendors and customers alike would not really know unless they evaluated the product, or just had to take 2-3 times as much. Half kratom and half other tree leaves will still test positive for kratom alkaloids. The alkaloid content would just not be concentrated like a pure leaf kratom product.
Go to Christopher’s Organic Botanicals official website for 100% pure kratom products today!
I will keep updating everyone with more news as I know more, but for now please leave your comment and tell your story! These comments worked in 2016 and they will work again. I do not have all the answers, but I promise to be transparent and honest about this industry from my end.
Pure Leaf Kratom has given me my life back. I promise to do whatever I can to make sure that future generations will be able to use this plant.