Kratom is a natural painkiller that has been hyped as a ‘legal high’ by right wing newspapers and has been listed as a ‘drug of concern’ by the DEA. The hype by those who take the view that ‘all drugs are bad except tea, coffee, alcohol and fags’ has given a painkilling stimulant with a similar hit to a “very strong green tea with coffee influences”, a lot of unwelcome publicity according to an expert who spoke to me on the condition of anonymity. Over this blog we will look at the various uses of kratom, and let you make your own mind up about a much maligned herbal medicine.
Typical Mainstream Media
We’ve seen this rubbish before in the media. The vicious little toilet rag, the Southampton Daily Echo lost its shit over a shipment of kratom en route for Italy to be turned into cosmetics that was seized by local officials. The article roared, “A HUGE haul of illegal drugs has been seized in the port of Southampton. Officers from Southampton Port Health Authority seized the shipment of dried leaf powder, commonly known as kratom, which arrived from Indonesia. The powder, which had a value more than £1.7 million, was believed to have been destined for the psychoactive substance market in the UK.”
Inca Trading was transporting the herb to Italy for processing into cosmetics when the jumped up petty officials who clearly knew they miss a few tonnes of heroin and coke passing through the port every month, decided to go for some low-hanging fruit that was openly listed on the cargo manifest. Inca Trading’s lawyer John Spyrou said to the newspaper, “Inca Trading Ltd will be pursuing an appeal by way of the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court.” I have it on account that this battle will continue for some time to come.
The Truth About Kratom
Kratom is a mild stimulant that can’t really compare even to a line of speed, and if you take too much you will be puking your guts up for hours. It’s not a good idea to take too much unless you take emetics for shits and giggles.
Chris Bovey Inca Trading Ltd, who imports EU approved ingredients of kratom based cosmetics, explained exactly what the herb is: “Kratom is a member of the coffee bush family and is found in South East Asia. It has traditionally been used as a herbal medicine. It has been marketed as a legal high but it is more of a painkiller. It has been known to wean people off heroin and other opiates.”
Where so far I have been saying there’s no great fun in drinking kratom tea, for a heroin addict or someone screwed up on prescription painkillers it could well be worth investigating. In January last year Vice.com reported that “As far back as the 1940s, it was known to relieve symptoms of opium withdrawal; in fact, it was actually banned by the Thai government in 1943 precisely because its use as a substitute led to decreased revenues from opium taxes.”
My anonymous contact explained to me its uses. Referring to the types of kratom generally found, he explained the effects that the various grades generally have: “red traditionally is really sedative and really pain relieving, too strong for somebody who wants to be productive so people would more likely take it when they get home, and then relax on the couch watch TV or chill or read a book. Whites are more energetic like a strong cup of coffee but also pain relieving, therefore, people like to take it in the morning so they kick start the day. The green is in the middle more balanced so people like to use it as a mixer, or over the day to keep the pain away if they don’t want to get too sedative”.
It is a painkiller, though not as strong as morphine so the user will have some pain but low enough for it to be manageable and thereby they can get through the day. Considering the government is so into getting people into work because ‘work makes you free’, one would wonder at its stance on natural painkillers that can deaden the pain enough for someone to go to work.
Kratom has two substances in it that are widely used in cosmetics and Herba Invest SRO invested a considerable sum of money into the business that had its shipment seized by Southampton Port.
Herba Invest SRO was the first company to have kratom licensed in the EU as a cosmetic. It took several years for Herba Invest SRO together in a joint adventure with the University of Turin which is one of the leading universities for getting new plants approved to get kratom approved for cosmetics and as anti-inflammatory cremes.
Chris, who works with Herba Invest, told me “it contains two compounds rhamnose and catachins, which are normally sourced from two plants; these are to promote healthy skin and hair. These compounds are increasingly being used in cosmetics, due to their powerful properties to promote healthy skin and hair. Also, it contains Mitragyna speciosa [Kratom], which is known for its benefits to help prevent cell damage.”
The high-end skin creams, soaps, after sun, shampoos and conditioners are on sale in Europe and the US but due to the UK’s imminent withdrawal from the EU and its potty drugs laws, you won’t likely see the stuff being sold here anytime soon. Chris told me, “EU cosmetics rules are known to be some of the strictest in the world with very high safety standards and as a result, many other countries outside the EU follow them.”
Despite what the Echo would have you believe, you can’t get high on the cosmetics. Chris joked, “You could cover yourself in a pot of body cream and try to get stoned but you wouldn’t get very far!”
The authorities seem to be overreacting to a substance that has a similar effect to tea but has some great medicinal properties. There are far worse things on sale at Holland and Barrett yet because junkies have been using it to wean themselves off opiates it seems that Western governments, hellbent on parking people on expensive methadone, are responding with great force. If Theresa May would leave the Bible alone and just see the sense in drugs policy we may see some sense, but God is a powerful drug that far too many of our world leaders get weird on. There are stronger substances than kratom that do far worse in this world…
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