Millions of people rely on kratom for treating different ailments and conditions. Thanks to its multiple benefits, kratom has become a life-saver for thousands of people. But despite its healthy properties, kratom is a very controversial product and there are many people who are against its use. Because of this controversy, kratom is banned in many places. In this post, we’ll explain what you should (and shouldn’t) do if kratom gets banned in the place where you live.
Why Can Kratom Get Banned?
Kratom is very effective because its alkaloids (like mitragynine or 7-OHM) act on the mu and delta receptors in your brain. These receptors belong to the opioid receptors, which receive this name because opioids bind to them in order to be effective. We have natural opioids in our body (endogenous opioids), that manage pain relief, relaxation, mood, and energy. When opioids or other substances bind to the opioid receptors, they send signals to the brain so that it mimics the effects of the endogenous opioids. That’s why when you consume kratom you feel different effects, such as pain relief, euphoria, or a boost of energy.
However, due to its effects on the opioid receptors (and because these effects are in some cases similar to those of opiates), many people are afraid of kratom. Why? Because the word “opioids” is suspicious. Furthermore, authorities, media, and institutional sources have spread a great deal of misinformation and bad publicity about kratom. We’re not going to enter in the reasons for this campaign against kratom, but sadly many people only follow the official and mainstream channels. So, if the official sources are constantly telling them that kratom is dangerous, it is only natural that people are concern about the safety of kratom. Hence, many people are in favor of and even ask for a kratom ban.
If Kratom Gets Banned, Can I Still Buy It?
No, if kratom is not legal you should not buy it. A kratom ban means that kratom is illegal, so by buying or possessing it, you could be committing an illegal act.
There are many places (countries, states, and cities) where kratom is illegal. In Thailand, where kratom grows naturally, it has been illegal for more than 70 years. And although there have been many attempts to legalize its use throughout the years, the kratom ban is still there. In Europe, kratom is banned in some countries. And in America, kratom is illegal in several states and cities.
Buying kratom where it is illegal could end up in different penalties, from a fine to facing prison time. Therefore, we recommend you don’t buy kratom if it is banned.
Furthermore, reliable kratom vendors will not ship kratom to a place where it is not legal. Quite often, the shipment of kratom to a place where it is illegal could have undesired consequences for both buyer and vendor. Trusting kratom vendors who ship their products to places with a kratom ban is not recommendable. You could end up receiving something that is not even kratom (and you don’t know what it is) or they could just get your money and send you nothing in exchange. So, if you live in a place where kratom is illegal, be aware of those vendors who are willing to ship kratom to your address.
There are also vendors selling kratom under another name in an attempt to avoid controls and laws. Needless to say, this idea is not wise. If the authorities seize that kratom, pretending it is a different product will be useless. And you could be facing a fine (or something worse) or losing your kratom and your money.
What Can I Do If Kratom Is Banned?
If you live in a place where kratom is banned there are still some things you can do. First, it is important to make the people aware of the benefits and lack of dangerous side effects of kratom. If you live in America, the American Kratom Association (AKA) have resources to fight the misinformation about kratom and carry out campaigns to protect kratom.
But you can also share your kratom stories on social networks (for example, in Twitter there are many kratom advocates) or even contact local media to let them know how kratom has helped you.
These tips can also be very helpful in those places where kratom is legal but the risk of a ban is high. Moreover, even if kratom is not in immediate danger, your story can help educate people about kratom. There are many people thinking that kratom is dangerous just because of its effects on the opioid receptors. And they don’t even know that coffee and chocolate also act on the opioid receptors!
Remember it’s better safe than sorry. And educating people about kratom and fighting the lies with solid arguments is one of the best ways to protect kratom and avoid kratom bans.
Other than protecting kratom, you can also try alternatives to kratom that can help you cope with your conditions. These are some natural products that you could use if kratom is banned:
- Mitragyna Hirsuta: As you can imagine, Mitragyna hirsuta is a close relative to kratom (Mitragyna speciosa). It also goes by the name of Kra Thum Khok. Mitragyna speciosa brings about effects similar to those of kratom, but milder.
- Akuamma: Akuamma (Picralima nitida) is a tree native to Africa that has potent analgesic and sedative properties. It is a great alternative if you use kratom for pain and relaxation.
- Kava: This crop native to South Pacific islands is one of the best natural products to relieve anxiety and depression. It is also very helpful in fighting the symptoms of opiate withdrawal. Kava has become very popular within the last few years, and you can even find kava bars.
- Kanna: Kanna (Sceletium tortuosum) is another natural remedy from Africa that is very effective in fighting anxiety and depression.
- CBD Oil: CBD stands for cannabidiol, which is one of the active elements of the cannabis plant. However, CBD oil does not have any psychoactive effects, so it won’t get you high. Many people use CBD oil because of its incredible variety of effects. CBD oil is an effective remedy for anxiety, pain relief, and depression. But it can even help cope with the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and multiple sclerosis (MS). It is also an amazing ally to relieve the symptoms of chemotherapy.
In summary, in case of a kratom ban, trying to buy it can be a bad idea. It is advisable you fight the ban by sharing your story and joining the thousands of kratom warriors out there. And of course, you can also try other products that can help you cope with your conditions.
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