If you love kratom as much as we do, you would do anything to prevent it from being taken off the market. However, as the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Federal Drug Administration (FDA) continue to threaten an FDA kratom ban, informed kratom advocacy at both the state and federal levels has become essential. Here, we share some ways that you can become involved in educating your state and federal representatives and protect the right to sell and purchase kratom freely in America.
Steps Towards Kratom Advocacy:
Learn about Kratom, its History in the United States, and its Therapeutic Potential
The first step to advocating against an FDA kratom ban is to be informed about the traditional the latest kratom studies, its traditional uses, chemical composition, and therapeutic potential. By arming yourself with the facts, you will be able to cite high-authority sources that support kratom’s value as a botanical supplement and refute misinformed claims of its supposed dangers to public health (when used responsibly and in its pure, unadulterated form).
Comprehensive information about kratom’s history, use, and therapeutic potential can be found on the following web pages:
- Following “the Roots” of Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) (BioMed Research International)
- The DEA Changes Its Mind on Kratom (news article, U.S. Pharmacist)
- A botanical, phytochemical and ethnomedicinal review of the genus Mitragyna korth (Journal of Ethnopharmacology)
- Kratom use and mental health: A systematic review. (Drug and Alcohol Dependence)
- Kratom’s effect on alcohol withdrawal symptoms (Fitoterapia)
- Kratom’s potential for slowing diarrhea (Journal of Ethnopharmacology)
- Antinociceptive, anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, and muscle-relaxing properties of kratom (Brain Research Bulletin)
- Kratom’s therapeutic potential and potential for abuse (Neuroscience and Behavioral Reviews)
Before you begin campaigning against an FDA kratom ban, we recommend that you read these and other sources and educate yourself on key facts and information. You could also write your own testimony about how kratom has changed your life and talk with others who have had similar experiences.
Stay Up to Date with New Developments
Once you feel confident talking and writing about kratom in an objective and informed way, begin to follow new developments in kratom law by searching for news stories and subscribing to kratom advocacy groups like the American Kratom Association and the Botanical Educational Alliance.
By staying in the loop of proposed bills and amendments, you can target your advocacy against an FDA kratom ban by supporting bills that aim to make quality kratom products available to the public and opposing bills that would seek to make kratom illegal in your state or at a federal level.
Email Your Elected Representatives
Anyone who lives in the United States can email their elected state and federal representatives, as well as members of the FDA, to express their support of safe, regulated kratom.
To make your email more effective and help to prevent an FDA kratom ban, keep your message brief (2-3 main points), be respectful, and refer to specific bills under consideration. To get you started, here is an example structure for your email:
Dear [Full Name and Formal Title],
As a member of your constituency, I am writing to express my support for the proposed Bill [number of the bill] regarding [kratom safety, kratom legality, protection for kratom consumers, etc.].
As a member of your constituency, I am writing to urge you to oppose the proposed [state-wide/FDA] kratom ban and to campaign for unrestricted access to legal and safe kratom.
[Briefly explain why you support/oppose the proposed bill, referring to statistics and peer-reviewed studies to support your position.]
I greatly appreciate your action on this issue as it affects [me, my family, or the number of people in your constituency that use kratom if you know].
Please don’t hesitate to contact me should you require more information and resources on the topic.
[Your full name, your suburb and zip code]
Remember, the more personalized your email is and the more relevant it is to bills currently under consideration, the more likely that it will be taken seriously and have an effect in preventing an FDA kratom ban. You can find your constituency and elected representatives’ contact details here.
Sign Petitions and Participate in Peaceful Protest Marches
After writing an email, step up your kratom advocacy by signing a petition (such as this letter to President Trump) and consider attending a march or gathering. Sharing online petitions on social media can help to speed the word and multiply your activism efforts by getting others on board too.
Donate to and/or Join a Kratom Advocacy Association
Following all of the news on kratom legality and campaigning against an FDA kratom ban takes time, effort, and money. If you don’t have a lot of time to write letters and attend marches, consider supporting those who work to keep kratom legal by making a regular or one-time donation to the American Kratom Association. You could also join one of these associations and participate in their advocacy activities.
Use Kratom Responsibly
Regardless of what actions you choose to express your kratom advocacy, the single most important way to avoid an FDA kratom ban is to purchase pure, high-quality kratom and use it safely and responsibly. By demonstrating kratom’s responsible use, you can show the authorities that kratom is not simply another recreational drug.
Keeping Kratom Legal is Everyone’s Responsibility
At Kratora, we strive to source the freshest, purest, and most ethical kratom powder and kratom alternatives on the market. This benefits farmers in Southeast Asia and protects the wellbeing of our customers. By purchasing premium kratom and participating in kratom advocacy, we hope to avoid an FDA kratom ban and see safe and pure kratom become available to all Americans in the near future.
Please note that the US FDA has not approved kratom to be sold for human consumption, sold for external use only. None of the products sold on our website are intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or medical condition.