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What Is White Kratom?

In the past, we’ve looked at the stark differences between red and green kratom, but those aren’t the only kratom varieties on the block. Although they may be the most popular, there are also white strains which have unique qualities all their own.

Like red and green kratom varieties, white kratom gets its name from the color of the veins that run through the leaf — in this case white. But as red and green have their differences, they both share the painkilling, analgesic properties that most people associate with kratom while white…does not.

However, what white kratom lacks in pain-fighting properties, it more than makes up for when it comes to elevating energy levels. White kratom strains are prized for their clean energy-boosting and mood-enhancing properties and those who regularly take white strains have found them to be a satisfying replacement for a morning cup of coffee or mid-day endurance booster.

White strains, such as White Elephant, not only get you moving, they are excellent at providing relief from depression and anxiety without the relaxation and sedation associated with other strains.

While not nearly as popular as red or even green strains, white kratom has a niche all its own and can be a useful aid, especially as far as endurance and mood are concerned.

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Six Petitions You Need To Sign To Keep Kratom Legal

Food and Drug Administration Scott Gottlieb recently issued a “public health advisory related to mounting concerns regarding risks associated with the use of kratom” that utilizes misinformation and fabricated “data” to sway public opinion about kratom, a plant that has helped countless addicts kick their opiate habit safely and naturally. Gottlieb, who once tried to help a pharmaceutical company, Cephalon, obtain more fentanyl despite the company being under investigation at the time for pushing doctors to prescribe the drug for headaches and back pain, is trying to scare the public when it comes to kratom, undoubtedly because its effectiveness and inability to be patented threatens his pals in the pharmaceutical industry. This means that once again, kratom is under threat of being made illegal by the federal government.

Last year, the Drug Enforcement Agency tried to ban kratom and place it in Schedule I. However, thanks to support from citizens and members of Congress, the DEA backed down. But now Commissioner Gottlieb’s ridiculous “advisory” is signaling another fight for kratom.

You can do your part and voice your opinion by signing the six major kratom petitions below and sharing them on social media:

Petition 1

Petition 2

Petition 3

Petition 4

Petition 5

Petition 6

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The FDA Is Spreading Misinformation About Kratom

On November 14, the FDA issued a public health advisory “related to mounting concerns regarding risks associated with the use of kratom.” Authored by FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., who previously worked as a consultant for various pharmaceutical giants, the advisory claims that kratom is a threat to society and has been linked to 36 deaths. And it was all lies.

Following the release of the advisory, Reuters reported that requests for information about the 36 deaths from the agency were met with a suggestion to file a Freedom of Information Act request for the data. Anthony Roberts did just that and shared the FDA’s data — or lack thereof — on Muckrock.

And now, in a recent piece for Inquisitr, Philip Fairbanks reveals that when pressed for evidence, the FDA was unable to back up its outrageous claims.

Roberts broke down the advisory and specifically asked for the “clear data” and “reports” referenced by Gottlieb, including information about those 36 deaths:

“How is the FDA aware of these deaths? Please provide correspondence with any outside agencies or agents, whether governmental, private, or otherwise concerning these deaths. Additionally, please provide all evidence and documentation of these deaths, and further that they were associated with kratom.”

In less than a week, Roberts got his answer from the Center Food Safety and Applied Nutrition:

“Dear Mr. Roberts,

This is in response to your November 17, 2017, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for records pertaining to “ALL EVIDENCE AND DOCUMENTATION RELIED UPON IN THE DRAFTING AND PUBLICATION OF THE AFOREMENTIONED PRESS RELEASE, TO SUPPORT THE FOLLOWING STATEMENTS, MADE BY THE FDA.”

The Center Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) conducted a search and did not locate any records responsive to your request.

Please be advised that your request has been submitted to one or more component offices within FDA. These offices will reply to you directly. CFSAN considers this request closed.”

So FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, who once worked to obtain more fentanyl for biopharmaceutical firm Cephalon, which was under investigation at the time for illegally pushing doctors to prescribe the drug for uses from headaches to back pain, complete made up a health scare for a cheap — and unpatentable — herb that has actually helped opiate addicts kick their habit? How very surprising…

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Kratom As An Appetite Regulator

Kratom has many uses, from pain management to anxiety relief to…appetite regulator? While there is much information about the first two, a lesser known benefit from kratom is in fact its ability to aid in regulating appetite — whether you’re looking to eat more or less.

Because the efficacy of a kratom dosage can be impaired by the presence of a full stomach, many tout the benefits of taking kratom without food. Those who prefer kratom on an empty stomach also often report that their appetite has been suppressed. Research has found that this could result from kratom’s influence upon central nervous system activation, hormone secretion, neurochemistry, and/or gut microbiota.

While the chemical reasons for appetite suppression can change from individual to individual and from variations between kratom strains, there is also the fact that for those who ingest kratom in dried or powder form versus liquid tea, there is a lot of plant matter entering the digestive system. It’s essentially a big ball of fiber that will make you feel full.

But kratom doesn’t just suppress appetite. Those who take a dose after a meal often report an increase in appetite. This effect has been attributed to the stimulation of stomach acid and digestion following the ingestion of kratom.

But no matter when you take kratom, research has found that over the long term, the majority of kratom users gain weight because, just like with opioids, users will experience sugar cravings from glycemic dysregulation.

So how can you use kratom best to regulate your appetite? If you’re looking to lose weight, the energizing and stimulating properties of white and green strains are your best bet — especially when taken on an empty stomach. However, if you are trying to eat more, the sedative qualities of red strains, especially when ingested after eating a meal, have ben found to increase appetite.

Finally, no matter whether you’re looking to lose or gain weight, be sure to opt for healthy, whole foods when you do eat. Skipping too many meals or overindulging on processed and sugary foods will not only ruin your kratom experience, but also wreak havoc on your wellbeing.

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CNN Asks If Kratom Can Fix America’s Opioid Problem

Usually when kratom is being covered by the national media in the United States, it’s a factually inaccurate, fear-mongering piece meant to scare Americans away from the misunderstood herb. But as the nation falls further and further into an opioid crisis, the media is starting to come around to the fact that kratom can be a miracle solution.

Kratom has been used for centuries not just to control pain, but also to help those suffering from opium withdrawals. With about 1.9 million opioid addicts in the US, kratom should be heralded as a panacea. Instead, it’s constantly vilified. What’s the problem?

CNN has abandoned the false narrative of the US government and many media outlets and recently highlighted the benefits of kratom in the midst of the opioid crisis. The short but informative segment promoted positive stories of opioid addicts who used kratom to curb withdrawals while exposing the lies surrounding kratom and the dollar-chasing pharmaceutical industry that wants nothing to do with the unpatentable, natural plant.

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Kratom By The Numbers [Infographic]

Kratom is again under attack by the United States government. On November 14, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., who has previously worked as a consultant to pharmaceutical giants like GlaxoSmithKline and Bristol-Myers Squibb, issued a statement on the FDA’s advisory about the “deadly risks associated with kratom.”

The statement includes false information about the dangers of kratom — dangers that can more truthfully be applied to drugs from firms that employed Gottlieb in the past and that have paid billions for FDA approval.

Now more than ever it is important to share the truth about kratom and its benefits in quelling America’s opioid epidemic.

One of the simplest ways to share info about the benefits of kratom is via the “Kratom by the Numbers” infographic below from the American Kratom Association:

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Source: American Kratom Association

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How To Make Kratom Tea From Leaves

While kratom is often purchased in powder form, it can sometimes be obtained in its natural leaf form. Of course, the leaves can be made into a powder through boiling — but that isn’t necessary!

The fact is, kratom doesn’t need to be powdered to be enjoyed. For hundreds of years, kratom leaves have been used by Asian cultures to make tea. And the very same way kratom tea was prepared centuries ago is still effective today!

What you will need:

    • Dried kratom leaves
    • Tea kettle or pot
    • Tea infuser or strainer
    • Water
    • Heat source
    • …That’s it!

 
Simple, right? And if you’ve ever made tea before, you can probably guess what to do. In fact, the only difficult part is deciding just how much kratom to use.

Determining Dosage

While results will vary depending on kratom strain and user tolerance, there are some basic guidelines to keep in mind:

  • 1 to 3 grams offers a “beginner’s” dose with effects that, although prominent, will only be felt for a short time.
  • 3 to 5 grams is a “moderate” dose with more pronounced and longer lasting effects, including stimulation.
  • 5 to 8 grams is a “strong” dose, meant for those who are familiar with the effects of kratom. Instead of stimulation, strong doses offer more sedative effects.
  • 10 or more grams is an “expert” dose only for those experienced with kratom. The tea will be extremely sedative.

Making The Tea

  • Boil 10 to 12 ounces of water in a pot or kettle
  • Using the above information as a guide, place the desired amount of dried kratom leaves in a tea infuser
  • Once water is boiling, pour over infuser
  • Let steep 10 to 15 minutes
  • Remove infuser and enjoy!

Simple, right? But be aware that the tea may be bitter, especially to those not accustomed to drinking tea. To combat the bitterness, a sweetener such as sugar or honey may be added. Milk can also counteract the bitter tannins of the kratom. Also, while an increased steeping time will result in a tea with stronger effects, it will also be more bitter.

So…how do you enjoy your kratom tea? Share your recipe or tips in the comments below.