In recent times, many online news websites, social media, and other sources are spreading the rumor that kratom might be classified as a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) by the DEA. For this reason, concern and confusion are rising among kratom vendors and users. That’s why it is important to be prepared and understand how the scheduling process work, to know exactly what to do if kratom is banned.
Last week, we had the pleasure to attend a webinar hosted by the American Kratom Association on this subject. Keep reading below to find the key points of the webinar.
How Does the Scheduling Process Work?
To schedule a substance under the CSA, the following process will be followed:
- Federal Register Notice – This will trigger the following step.
- 30-day Comment Period – Comments might be submitted not only by kratom consumers but also by scientists, researchers, law enforcement officers, etc. This is a very important part of the process. Hence, the kratom community must be heavily involved in the comment period. So, it is crucial that not only kratom users but also family and supporters participate in the public comment period.
- An “Interested Party” can request a Public Hearing – This includes anyone that might be impacted by the DEA’s decision to schedule kratom (i.e.: manufacturers, vendors, and distributors).
- All Public Hearings are heard by a DEA Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) – This process will take between 4 and 18 months.
- ALJ makes a decision
- Final Order by DEA Administrator – Typically, this will happen after 2-6 months.
In conclusion, this is a very long and complicated process that can take up to 2 years. And, during this period, selling, using and possessing kratom will remain legal.
Additionally, an adverse decision will trigger an appeal to the Federal District Court. There’s no specific period for this review, so it may happen at any time.
What Is the Argument to Deny Scheduling?
There are two arguments that can be used against the FDA recommendation in order to deny kratom scheduling:
- The FDA failed to meet its 8-Factor Analysis on science and it’s based on inaccurate and biased information.
- The FDA failed to meet the standards required under the Controlled Substances Act.
What to Do If Kratom Is Banned?
In the event that the DEA publishes a notice of intent to schedule kratom, the American Kratom Association will take the following steps:
- Work together with their legal team to find the best options to keep kratom legal, using best practices.
- Encourage kratom users and supporters to participate in the scheduling process, by organizing rallies, etc.
- Engage all resources to fight the scheduling process.
But, you, as an individual can also help by taking the following actions:
- Participate in the comment period.
- Contact your Congress Representatives.
- Stay unified with the AKA team.
What Happens If Kratom Is Banned?
If kratom is scheduled, it will become a controlled substance, just like heroin, or cocaine. So, possessing kratom will be a crime. But, what does “possession mean”? Basically, it means having personal physical control over the substance, even if it’s partial. Which means that if, for example, someone in the family keeps the substance at home, anyone within the household could face possession charges.
Don’t forget there are many ways in which the law enforcement can find out that you possess a controlled substance, i.e.:
- They find the substance in your car at a traffic stop
- Disclosures by vendors (a Judge may request vendors to give them their customers’ list)
So, in the event that kratom is banned and you are charged with possession, you should get a lawyer to fight for you. And you should not rely on family or friends’ advice or look for help on the internet.
Despite all the above, the American Kratom Association reckons that currently, there is no immediate threat of kratom being scheduled. In fact, NIDA has recently issued a $3.5 million grant to the University of Florida to research kratom as a potential pain relief therapy. And, scheduling kratom would make it very hard to carry on research.
Nevertheless, we encourage you to keep informed and get involved in the fight to keep kratom legal.
Source: American Kratom Association – Listen to the AKA webinar
Kratom is a botanical native to southeast Asia that offers many different kinds of benefits for those interested in the offerings of ethnobotanicals. It’s available for purchase online through many different vendors, but not all products are made equal. Some are not 100% pure nor from reliable sources.
How do you know you’ve found the best kratom to buy? It’ll have these qualities.
Pure and Potent
Kratom that is pure and not diluted down will be 100% kratom leaves or powdered leaves. It won’t contain any other ingredients. The best kratom to buy also comes from only the most mature leaves. This is what results in a potent end product that delivers on its promises.
Kratora sells only the highest quality and purest kratom from renowned kratom growers. We also sell enhanced varieties that boost the potency of regular kratom.
Fresh and Ships Fast
Kratom that is fresh is the best kratom to buy. Kratora keeps our inventory levels to a minimum to ensure that we are only selling the freshest kratom. By keeping inventory levels low, we are continually receiving fresh kratom from our growers. Also to ensure that our customers receive fresh kratom, Kratora ships out our customer’s orders within 24 hours of placing your order unless you place your order over the weekend or holidays.
It Works Best for You
Ultimately, the best kratom to buy is the kratom that delivers the results you’re looking for. We offer many different kratom so you are sure to find what you’re looking for at Kratora.
Shop our extensive collection of the highest quality kratom to find exactly what you’re looking for. When you’ve selected your kratom to buy, you’ll appreciate our excellent customer service and prompt shipping.
Chances are, if you’re reading this you’ve heard about the many botanical benefits of kratom. But in order to reap those benefits, you need to find high quality, pure kratom from a reliable source.
Luckily, you’ve come to the right place. At Kratora, we pride ourselves on offering the highest quality kratom you can find online. For more help on what to look for when buying kratom and ensuring you’re getting a quality product, keep the following points in mind.
- Claims of Quality
No doubt you want high-quality kratom. However, rather than just take the company’s word for it, find a source that has reviews and testimonials from real customers. Kratora’s customers consistently praise the quality and purity of their kratom, noting “the product is very fresh” and saying it’s “the best potency I’ve come across.”
- Attentive Customer Service
Fast responses to customer concerns and friendly staff members matters when it comes to buying kratom. Attentive and prompt customer service can mean the difference between buying the type of kratom you’re truly looking for and buying a product that isn’t best for. At Kratora we are committed to your complete satisfaction of our products. If for any reason you are not satisfied with our products you may return them within 30 days of delivery for a full refund.
- Lots of Variety
When buying kratom, it often takes a few tries before settling on the type and strain that works best for you. Choose a company, like Kratora, that offers many varieties of kratom to choose from.
- Small Quantities Available
Companies that favor businesses and wholesale accounts that place large orders don’t make it easy, convenient or affordable to buy their kratom. A high-quality online vendor will offer small quantities for purchase, and even samples, so you can try their products little at a time until you’re completely satisfied and have found the strain you like best.
Upon request, Kratora is happy to send samples along with your order. Just add in the notes section of your order that you would like to receive a free sample.
- Affordable Shipping
There’s nothing worse when buying kratom online, finally finding what you’re looking for, and then realizing the shipping costs just as much, or more, than your product order. At Kratora, we are happy to offer low, affordable shipping costs to make it as easy as possible to receive the top quality kratom you desire.
- Reward Opportunities
Buying kratom is something many customers do on a consistent basis, so a kratom company that offers reward points and customer loyalty programs is one that truly cares about their customers. At Kratora we reward our loyal customers by giving them 1 point for every dollar that they spend with Kratora. After you have received 250 points ($25 value), you can use these points to purchase from Kratora.
If you’re looking for a company that checks off all of these boxes, look no further than Kratora. We make the process as easy and hassle-free as possible when buying kratom online.
Learn more about how extracts work — including what extracts are, how they work, and how to choose the best extract according to concentration and potency.
What Are Extracts?
Herbal extracts “pull out” the chemical constituents of medicinal herbs to create a potent product.
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An extract is made up of all or some of the following components:
- Made with a solvent base or other extraction methods
- Made with dried or fresh herbs
- May contain the roots, leaves and flowers
- Offered in pure form, not capsule or tablet
- Preserved for long-term use
The different types of extracts are:
- Tinctures—made with alcohol
- Glycerites—made with vegetable glycerin
- Herbal vinegars—made with vinegar
- Powdered herbal extracts—dry form
How do Extracts Work?
Extracts are made with a single herb or herbal mixture to deliver a certain therapeutic benefit. The herbs are typically extracted or steeped for 4-8 weeks, creating a more potent solution compared to a shorter extraction process.
Extracts come in liquid form or powdered form and capture the herbs when they are their freshest and most potent. Extracts offer a high concentration of the minerals and alkaloids of plants, which provide the physical and physiological effects of herbs.
How to Choose an Herbal Extract
When looking at herbal extracts, ask yourself these questions:
- What do I want to use the extract for?
- Which type of extract will be best for the herb?
- Do I plan on using it internally or topically?
Potency and Concentration:
- When looking for the most highly concentrated extract, look for a product that used the active constituents of the herbs in ratios found in nature
Health isn’t merely the absence of disease; it’s a state of total physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing. The term “holistic” has become popular in the health and wellness arena, which describes a perspective of health that considers multiple areas as a whole.
According to Dr. Corinne Weaver, holistic doctor and clinic director at Dr.CorinneWeaver.com, optimum health revolves around a few simple yet powerful lifestyle commitments. Prioritizing sleep, movement, deep breathing and even forgiveness soothes the body, mind and spirit – the true definition of “holistic health.”
While living a holistic lifestyle means something different for everyone, incorporating the following fundamental practices and principles into your life will contribute to better health and increased vitality, no matter your age, gender, geography, or lifestyle.
Drink More Water
“Water is a bare necessity, yet it is amazing how many people get it indirectly in the form of sodas and other beverages. Water affects your entire being. It is, in many ways, the very definition of “holistic,” says Caleb Backe, the health and wellness expert behind natural products company, Maple Holistics.
It’s important to aim for a minimum of 8 ounces of water a day, but it’s also beneficial to plan a “detox” period consuming only water for a set period of time. “A week, two weeks, 40 days, 90 days, whatever it is….do it, and watch how it affects you.”
Make Movement Part of Your Daily Routine
Many of the cultures with the longest living people in the world don’t go to a gym every day to get exercise; they simply experience natural movement throughout their day that helps keep their bodies strong and minds sharp.
“Reassess how much you are moving,” advises Caroline Topperman, Pilates instructor and writer at Style on the Side, as the first place to start.
“You can do whatever makes you happy and increases your heart-rate but if you aren’t used to working out regularly, start with a twenty-minute walk in the evening, stretch and then give yourself some quiet time to meditate. Gradually start adding more exercise like Pilates or yoga which both help strengthen your mind-body connection while helping you get stronger and fitter.”
Get More Sleep and Keep a Consistent Schedule
“Sleep is one of the most fundamental aspects of wellness, but it’s often overlooked. Getting an
adequate amount of sleep helps to fight diseases like diabetes, obesity and heart disease. Plus, studies show that healthy sleep patterns improve mood, increase productivity and boost memory,” says Dr. Sal Raichbach PsyD from Ambrosia Treatment.
Since sleep is already a part of your daily routine, the goal is to optimize the time you spend in bed. “Make sure that you’re dedicating the recommended 7-9 hours for bedtime, free of distractions like smartphones. Getting on a consistent sleep schedule is also helpful. When you’re consistent with falling asleep and waking up at the same time your body will naturally learn when to power down.”
Maple Holistics’ Backe agrees with starting a sleep schedule.
“Focus at first not on when you go to sleep, but on when you wake. Strive to wake up at the same time every day. Go to sleep when you are tired, and get up on time. It won’t be the same hours each night, but if you pull this off, your body will adapt to your schedule, and not the other way around.”
Adopt Uplifting Affirmations and a Positive Mindset
To achieve true holistic health, you must think of the body, mind and spirit as connected systems. Try to incorporate something that benefits each of these vital areas every day.
“For the mind, that includes positive messages and meditation,” advises Anita Perry, author, educator, yogi and blogger behind YogaAnita.com. “This can be as simple as a suggestion, i.e., I am going to have a great day today! always focusing on I statements, (and) not trying to change another.”
Additionally, consciously try to reduce the amount of negativity in your daily life, from conversations to visual consumption.
One way Backe from Maple Holistics achieves a negativity detox is to “stop consuming news all day. You subject yourself to some pretty harsh and gut-wrenching things when you watch/read/listen to the news. And it has become so people are way too desensitized for their own good.” Decide on an amount of time, be it a week or two, and unplug from all news sources.
“Let that FOMO slide right off. You may experience some withdrawal, but it is the price
you need to pay for being better.”
Dr. Weaver adds, “Breathe deeply throughout the day and especially at night to help calm your nervous system and relax from the stress of the day.”
Choose Natural Remedies Over Synthetic Options
“Acupuncture, massage, herbal elixirs, essential oils and several other remedies can be used to create a holistic life,” says Stephanie Beveridge, Fitness Guru at Stephanie Beveridge.com. “Having the option of trying something natural first is a great way to feel empowered at home while allowing your body to heal itself naturally.”
Pilates instructor Topperman also believes in the power of whole foods over processed alternatives. “Reassess what you are eating and focus on adding more organic whole foods into your diet. Increase the amount of vegetables and fruits you are consuming. You can do a natural detox by reaching for green tea which provides anti-oxidants and keeping your sugar intake to a minimum.”
Health Starts from Within
Living healthy doesn’t need to be hard. By incorporating some or all of these practices into your day-to-day life, you will begin to experience better health and a confidence boost as a result.
“Living well means acknowledging your insufficiencies, and gathering the
strength and courage to become better despite those shortcomings.”
“Start with your own mind and your own words,” suggests Backe. “If you don’t believe in yourself and in what you could be, why should anyone else bother to do so?”