Part 1: Fighting Smarter, not just harder-An address to the kratom user and seller

Dear kratom advocates, users, and sellers,

I am an advocate for kratom for many reasons, so let me begin by saying that I believe that mitragyna speciosa has a lot of potential to help people in our world for various reasons; I believe my reasoning to be accurate and based upon logic, but I have some misgivings as well.

There was a time when I would have said that kratom was a harmless, natural, non-addictive substance that acted as a painkiller. I may be right that it is natural, I may be right that it is not addictive, and I know that it works for some people as a painkiller, but I do not know that it is harmless based on science.

I want to know the truth about kratom.

Because I believe in its positive potential, I’m willing to keep pursuing the truth. I am not a scientist, I am not a doctor, and I do not have all the answers, but I’d like to keep kratom legal especially because I know it has many beneficial properties and because a ban on kratom would limit our ability to do research and find out more about it.

So, this address goes to other fellow users and to those who sell kratom. It is a caution as well as some practical advice on how to keep kratom legal and find out the truth. I want to fight smarter to keep kratom around, not just harder. If we want kratom to continue to be available, we need our campaign to address some of the deeper issues that are rooted in the kratom ban.

I would like to pose a few questions and answer them with positive and progressive ways of fighting smarter to keep kratom legal. Each of the questions will be answered in a different post, so stay tuned for the rest.

1)How does trust play into the general public’s opinion on kratom?

2)How does language impact the campaign to keep kratom legal?

3)How does the reliability of the advocates (users and sellers) impact the general public’s view and lawmakers’ opinions on kratom? How are current sales platforms and current retailers of kratom hurting the effort to keep kratom legal?

I hope to give some practical advice following my opinion on each of the above questions.

1)How does trust play into the general public’s opinion on kratom?

People make decisions and form opinions for all sorts of reasons and based on all sorts of evidence (faulty or not). Many people form their opinions based on past experience, the media, stereotypes, and emotion. Right now, the general public trusts organizations like the FDA and the DEA because these organizations are supposed to be for our benefit. For a long time now, the public has generally accepted their role as our protector, relying on them to be a shield against harmful drugs and consumables of other kinds. We have needed to accept their role in our lives and trust them because we have to. We have needed to trust them for a few reasons.

The first reason is that:

1)Most people don’t have the education or time to do the research that would really help us find out whether a consumable is good, effective, or harmful to the human body. Just as with most things, we lean on the experts to give us our answers.

 

The second reason is that:

2)Our culture is a culture of instant gratification. All this means is that we want what we want when we want it. Whether it’s coffee or pain relief, we want it and we want it now. This need for instant gratification plays a key role in this battle because we drive the demand. People want to be free of pain, ailments, and mental instabilities now rather than later, so we lean on the organizations that provide our answers, and trust the people behind the company to give us the freedom from our pains.

So, what do we do? We trust people who say they have our best interests in mind, even though we have no idea what their motives truly are. And though we can’t pinpoint exactly what their motivation is in banning kratom, we know money may have something to do with it. Money is usually a motivation when drugs are involved if only for the fact that the more demand there is, the more money some people make. This basic rule of supply and demand may be a key factor in kratom staying legal whether we like it or not. Those who benefit from selling more expensive and addictive drugs will decline support of something like kratom because it is cheap and will not make them as much money as other drugs.

Because the people have accepted these organizations and their role in daily life, their word becomes law. Some people don’t question them anymore; they trust them, we trust them.

If we’re trying to convince someone that we should keep kratom around, who would it be? The FDA? Well, yes, but most of us should really start with the public, and making sure they have a positive, open-minded outlook on kratom. Creating this positive outlook includes changing user and seller language as well as some habits of users and sellers. Keep an eye out for the next post.

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