Part 2: Kratom-fighting smarter, not harder

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.

 

Here we go: Question 2

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

 

A lot of different opinions have been rolling around both in the media and in the kratom-using communities. I’ve heard some contradictory opinions, biased opinions, and emotion-based opinions, and I’ve heard some material that simply isn’t true or agreed upon by the scientific community. So who do we believe, and how to we get a consistent and reliable message to people in the general public?

I believe one of the most important ways that everyone can contribute to keeping kratom legal is by using quality and logical language.

The way we talk about kratom is really important.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when discussing kratom with people.

Don’t talk about kratom like it is a drug or comparable to a drug.

I read once that someone said they wouldn’t be able to stay off of heroin if the government took kratom away. When you talk about kratom and your need for it, it sounds like another version of a drug. In other words, the person that said this still sounds addicted, it’s just to something else. So, please don’t talk about or refer to kratom as a drug. The language around this is really essential because it forms people’s opinions on kratom before it’s been given a chance. Kratom should be a tool to use to get off of opioids, not just replace them. If you are a previous opioid abuser, allow your lifestyle change to attest to the power of kratom first, then tell your story.

 

Don’t talk about things you don’t know about or give false evidence or only experiential truths.

The fact is, we don’t know enough, and you should tell people this. They can consume kratom at their own risk, just as you have done, but they should know all the possibilities.

 

Don’t diagnose people.

Sorry, but you don’t know and you are not a doctor. Direct people to kratom if you want, but make sure you tell them the risks of the unknown (i.e. Don’t mix kratom with other drugs, make sure you can trust your kratom provider, pay attention to dosage and be careful how often you take it, monitor your body and its reactions)

 

Also —See Tips and Advice to Kratom Users and Sellers for more tips on how to help win the war to keep kratom legal.

Many people use reverse logic.

What do I mean by “reverse logic”? We have a lack of research and information about the scientific and medical uses of kratom and the effect of kratom on the human body right now. So because we don’t have the evidence for kratom, we use evidence against the FDA and other drugs, saying things like “The FDA approves of [insert name of drug] and just look at all the negative side-effects! IF kratom has side-effects, they can’t be nearly as bad as [insert drug name].” Fair enough. There are a lot of drugs that the FDA approves of and that people willingly consume that have very serious side-effects. The problem with this logic is that there still isn’t enough evidence to support kratom yet. Using this kind of logic may cause people to think more, but it does not win the war.

It is going to take reliable, truthful users and sellers of kratom to keep kratom legal.

Many people, whether out of ignorance, blind-trust in the big guys, stupidity or apathy, fail to collect even a small amount of evidence for the harmlessness of the plant in comparison with many other prescription or over-the counter drugs.

Kratom is clearly a very special plant, and one that has very high potential, so start talking about it that way.

 

Language determines opinions, opinions determine beliefs, and beliefs determine action. We can all be a part of speaking truthfully and speaking well of kratom.

 

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