Kratom & the Pocan Amendment: What You Need to Know

June 29, 2018 Articles, Kratom Alkaloids, Kratom Research, News

Yesterday, we talked about kratom legality and the SITSA Act, a massive hunk of legislation that threatens the future of kratom in the US. The Stop the Importation and Trafficking of Synthetic Analogues Act (if you’re not into the whole brevity thing) is a draconian melange of vague bills all rolled into one hideous package that could give the DOJ the power to outlaw kratom on the grounds that it is similar in nature to other scheduled controlled substance.

The Pocan/Gosar/Polis amendment would have prevented this and still could. By that, I mean that it has already been shot down in the House, but it still stands a fighting chance on the Senate floor. So, what is the Pocan amendment?

Good question.

The Pocan/Gosar/Polis amendment, which has now been sponsored by Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, was the tenth amendment to be pushed for and the only one that appears to be concerned with Americans’ right to choose.

By espousing our 10th amendment Constitutional right, it prevents the Secretary from placing a natural botanical substance under new Scheduling authority, and would require said Secretary to use existing scheduling proceedings under the Controlled Substances Act, if supported by existing medical and scientific facts.

Well, as all true blue kratomites know, the Mitragyna speciosa plant has been studied far and wide. Past clinical assessments have found kratom to possess natural analgesic (pain relief) and anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) properties.

The Research Center of Medicinal Resources, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Chiba University have confirmed that kratom contains analgesic indole alkaloids while an evidence-based systematic review of the plant by Natural Standard Research Collaboration have also evaluated its pharmacology and toxicology.

Although kratom’s potential for abuse and addiction have been well-documented, it is also widely believed to be far less addictive than pharmaceutical drugs and may carry fewer adverse effects. The American Journal of Psychiatry Residents’ Journal has even published a case report of a veteran with chronic pain.

The case in question concerns a 34-year old male war veteran suffering from PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) and MDD (Major Depressive Disorder). After 18 months in active duty service as a machine gunner, the subject suffered from back pain.

After beginning to brew kratom tea, his symptoms dissipated until, finally, he escalated his dosage to 10 grams twice daily. He denied experiencing sensations of euphoria from the kratom and instead reported relief from what ailed him.

This journal entry also noted the anxiolytic and antidepressant effects of kratom and even points out that the deaths associated with kratom were in combination with other substances, stating, “…there is no solid evidence that it was the sole contributor to an individual’s death.”

Additionally, the physiochemical properties of Mitragynine, one of kratom’s key alkaloids, has also been investigated with researchers at the University Sains Malaysia, writing, “users developed addiction only after prolonged, frequent and chronic consumption,” something that most responsible kratom users rarely do.

If you visit almost any kratom-related sub-Reddit, you’ll find countless users who urge noobs to stay away from daily dosing, advising them to stagger their doses and cycle use, skipping days, even weeks in between dosages.

In other words, the average kratom user is typically a fastidious individual who understands the addiction potential and health risk of any substance, regardless of whether it is botanical in nature or not.

Kratom has helped those afflicted with fibromyalgia, chronic back pain, insomnia, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), PTSD, ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), manic depression, anxiety disorders and much more.

These are not medical claims on our part, rather the experiences kratom users have shared, both with us and the internet at large. So, even though the FDA will have us all believe that kratom is dangerous, most who have come in contact with kratom will tell you differently.

Another war veteran by the name of Aaron Brown even posted about how kratom saved him when he was in emotional, physical and mental pain, writing, “I was diagnosed with PTSD, DEPRESSION AND SEVERE SOCIAL ANXIETY DISORDER WITH SUICIDAL TENDENCIES.”

He goes on to say, “I went home and took my first dose, within 20 minutes my back pain was gone. I had energy, and my anxiety went away. My depression and thoughts of despair were no longer at the fore front of my thoughts. I finally felt like my old self before the injuries. I was living, I felt human again.This wonderful amazing plant saved my life.”

So, where does all this leave us?

The concern is that the SITSA Act will condemn any and all alkaloids in Mitragyna speciosa, thereby making the plant itself illegal. But that’s only if Pocan and Co. don’t have their druthers.

Mr. Pocan of Wisconsin ensures in his amendment that any “constituents, compounds, alkaloids, or extracts of a natural substance” be permanently scheduled if their purported medicinal value is backed up by this kind of scientific evidence.

As AKA (the American Kratom Association) reported earlier this month, the House Rules Committee have already defeated the Pocan/Gosar/Polis kratom amendment by a party line vote of 6-4. But that’s not all she wrote, kids!

The fight goes on as the Senate Judiciary Committee will be the next stop for the Pocan amendment once a hearing is scheduled. Now’s the time to contact your local Senators and Congressmen and to demand that they take a page from Spike Lee and do the right thing.

It may seem hopeless, but true Kratom Warriors know that victory comes in the bleakest of times. So, throw your war paint on and pick up that phone. Pick up a pen. Pick up your keyboard. Get a letter in the mail or send an email. Whatever you have to do, but get ‘er done!

Kratom will only remain legal if we the people insist that it does. The 10th amendment of the US Constitution provides that the powers not delegated to the United States government, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States, respectively, or to the people.

That’s you and me, Jack! And we will not go gentle into that less-than-good night. It’s time to rage, kratomites! Let them know how you feel.

As war vet Aaron Brown said, “My WAR might have ended over seas, but it’s just beginning right here in this land I fought and would proudly die for. A new WAR has begun. To KEEP KRATOM LEGAL!”

Let them know how and why kratom is important to you. Honor, courage and commitment.






Bob Freville
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