Introducing Kava & Kratom

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Recently we introduced kratom, which has now become our best-selling item. It is the leaf of the kratom plant – dried and pulverized – that has been used for centuries in the Far East. For many seeking relief from pain, anxiety or depression, freedom from addiction or reliance on pharmaceuticals, or just several hours of a pleasant headspace while still allowing you to function normally, nothing – not alcohol or anything in the modern pharmaceutical storehouse – works nearly as well. For many, kratom has radically changed their lives. I hear success stories daily. 

Kratom comes in three different strains (see info and chart below), each offering different assistance. All strains are very “sociable,” therefore, under its euphoric influence you should not be held to any commitment you might make. It is a powerful medicinal plant. Main drawbacks: upset stomach if you drink too much, red vein can make you drowsy, and, because it is so enjoyable, it can be habit-forming (but not addictive) like coffee, sugar, Facebook, Bob Marley’s music, etc.).  

Strains of Kratom:
Kratom is much more potent and versatile than kava. Its effects last 6-8 hours. It comes in 3 “strains” for various effects. RED is used for pain killing, relaxation and help with insomnia; GREEN is some pain killing, gentle stimulation, better concentration, and mood lifting; WHITE is for high energy, better productivity, alertness, and help with depression. All strains act as an appetite suppressant.

Things to Consider – not for all but for many:
The vast majority of people enjoy kratom’s effects immensely. Especially for people with pain, it works almost immediately on your first serving (as does morphine but it has horrible side effects). Kratom has few side effects and they are slight. Kratom can make you lightheaded or nauseous if you have an easily upset stomach, are very sensitive to most substances, have ever been a long-term user of benzodiazepines (Xanax, Valium, etc.), or live with bipolar disorder. If so, you might want to avoid it altogether or try it at home starting with a very low serving (half of a level teaspoon instead of one rounded teaspoon), adding half a level teaspoon every hour until you get the desired effect without nausea. Also, though not addictive, it is so pleasant it can become habit-forming like coffee, sugar, marijuana, etc.

You can prepare it any way that you find palatable – tea, in yogurt, oatmeal, in coffee, in your mouth washed down with water (ugh!), in juice, etc. I use about three inches of chocolate almond milk or orange juice. The key is to get it in good suspension using a milk frother/whisker or shake it well in a small bottle. Stirring with a spoon will not work well.

Serving size:
Most people use a rounded or heaping teaspoon (2-3grams). Some need 6g for pain control. I recommend you try first a level teaspoon (1 gram) and give it an hour to see if you need more and how your stomach handles it. If you have an easily queasy stomach or are very sensitive to substances, go low serving size until you know

Is kratom safe?
People who are considering using kratom for pain relief, to lessen anxiety and depression, and for a relaxing or invigorating sense of well-being, need to feel confident that it will be safe as well as effective. Here are some facts.

Response of professionals to DEA:
When the DEA asked for public comment about banning kratom, a diverse coalition of supporters appears prepared to stand firm against that move. Of the 2,416 comments submitted to the DEA with profession-related information, nearly half self-identified as either veterans, law enforcement officials, health care professionals or scientists. The overwhelming majority of these were in favor of keeping kratom legal, with veterans supporting by a margin of 448 to 1 and medical professionals supporting by a margin of 569 to 7.

Kratom is not physically addictive. It derives its power from naturally occurring plant compounds called alkaloids. These compounds interact benignly with cell receptors in the body to create healing soothing effects. They do not, however, damage these receptors or create negative opiate-like relationships/needs within the cells.However, like coffee, sugar, marijuana and other mind-altering plants it can be habit-forming.

There are few side effects. When using kratom responsibly, side effects rarely occur and when they do they are very mild. Some side effects have included light to intense nausea, itching,  some sleeplessness, or a temporary feeling of mental fog. All of these symptoms go away rapidly with rest and can be avoided easily by adjusting dosage.

Historically there is an excellent health record. Kratom has been used in many forms by people dating back at least a thousand years or more. In modern times, use has become popular and widespread. This is a powerful testament to the safety of the remedy. Furthermore, Kratom has been shown to be much less dangerous than prescription medications which often pose a legitimate risk of serious complications, abuse or addiction.

With tens of thousands of Americans now dying every year from opioid overdose, including both heroin and painkillers, many kratom supporters see the herb as a potential solution. They argue that it can serve as a natural alternative to opioid painkillers and other prescription drugs, which they believe doctors may be too quick to prescribe. Supporters also point to success stories of people who have weaned themselves off of opioid addiction with the help of kratom.

What Types of Pain Can Kratom Treat?
Over the course of our lives, we all will experience injuries and ailments which cause pain, much of which are immune to traditional therapies. Millions of Americans are giving up dangerous prescription painkillers for the rather benign kratom, a plant in the coffee family widely grown in south-east Asia that has been drunk for centuries. You can use kratom for pain relief whether your symptoms are very mild or very severe, immediate or chronic. Many users tout kratom not just as an analgesic, but also as a treatment for other conditions like anxiety, depression and addiction.

Kratom’s incredible ability to ease or eliminate almost any kind of pain – organically, botanically – is essential now as the number of people addicted to prescription painkillers and heroin to control their pain is of epidemic numbers. Is stated in this article in the Sacramento Bee:
“One of the unintended consequences of this prescription drug epidemic has been the increase in heroin addiction and overdoses, in part due to the transition from prescription opioids to less expensive heroin street drugs,” according to state health officials. “Heroin deaths have continued to increase steadily by 67 percent since 2006 and account for a growing share of the total opioid-related deaths.”

Most of these situations can be benefitted by kratom use.

Light injuries – scratches, cuts, etc.
Rheumatoid arthritis.
Pulled/torn muscles.
Joint inflammation.
Carpel Tunnel Syndrome.
Sore tendons.
Back pain.

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A long-awaited analysis by one of the world’s leading experts on drug abuse and addiction, Dr. Jack Henningfield, Ph.D., vice president of Research, Health Policy, and Abuse Liability at PinneyAssociates, concludes concludes that there is “insufficient evidence” for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to ban or otherwise restrict the coffee-like herb kratom under the Controlled Substances Act.  According to the comprehensive analysis, kratom has little potential for abuse and dependence – as low or lower than such widely used and unscheduled substances as “nutmeg, hops, St. John’s Wort, chamomile, guarana, and kola nut.”

“For both abuse potential and dependence liability, kratom’s profile is comparable to or lower than that of unscheduled substances such as caffeine, nicotine-containing smoking cessation products, dextromethorphan, and many antihistamines, antidepressants, and other substances sold directly to consumers.  Kratom’s profile also resembles that of various botanical dietary supplements such as chamomile, lavender, St. John’s Wort, kava, and hops. “


* It’s the one natural alternative to opioids that I can take for my severely chronic fibromyalgia. – Susan G

* I ate half a kratom chocolate bar at 6:30am. I started writing in my journal and soon got into other creative pursuits. I felt very relaxed all day. After dinner I picked up my creative project again and kept working on it until 11:00pm. This is very unusual for me. Went to bed relaxed and happy and slept well. It was one of the most creative days I have had in a long, long time. – Judith G

* I am a 62-year-old veteran and have suffered from depression, anxiety & PTSD all my life. My life was out of control with benzodiazepines. With kratom, I can live a somewhat anxiety-free life.

* My friend was bedridden with rheumatoid arthritis. The pain kept him up all night. I brought him an ounce of red from Oasis. Soon he was riding his motorcycle and sleeping through the night again. It has changed his life – Jaime C

* A friend told me to try it because I have had three operations after being wounded in Afghanistan. I’m always in pain and did not believe it would work. After 45 minutes I was pain free. – Jim L

* It gives me a much-needed control over my moods and emotions. I really enjoy it and experience no negative side-effects. This plant grounds me. Helps me concentrate. – Joseph W

* Just want to thank you for telling me about kratom. It saved my daughter’s life, changed her whole family for the good. She was addicted to opiates, Xanax and adderall. Snorting them. About to lose her kids. One ounce of kratom got her completely off the drugs. Now she is a totally different person. In fact she’s the local kratom expert now and has gotten 7 others clean. Thank you sir. Your kindness and sweet spirit saved my family. It is reverberating throughout the world, changing it for good. Carolyn, G.


Kava is a relaxing tea made from the root of a pepper plant Piper methysticum. This ceremonial tea has been safely consumed by the people of Polynesia, Micronesia, and Hawaii for 3,000 years. In these locales, kava tea is more than a beverage, it’s an integral part of the culture. It is consumed at milestone events like weddings and funerals, and also during healing and religious ceremonies to achieve a “higher level of consciousness.” Kava is also used traditionally for treating a wide variety of ailments including asthma, fatigue, mood swings of menopause, urinary infections, medicinal effects as a sedative, muscle relaxant, pain reliever, diuretic, and as a remedy for anxiety, nervousness and insomnia.

Kava is still used today during traditional and informal social gatherings known as Kava Circles, a relaxing, ritualistic way to communally connect with others. It is also employed in governmental, tribal, cultural and religious ceremonies as well. In many cultures, a person’s ability to “hold their kava” for the duration of a Kava Ceremony directly equates to their level of power. Interestingly enough; Kava is often used as a safe alternative to alcohol!

Kava is used ceremoniously in the South Pacific to celebrate beginnings and endings, such as marriages, births and deaths. It is often used to honor a guest, to enhance communication, to help settle disputes and to assist in the sealing of business and political agreements.

Kava is also known by the names Awa, Ava, Ava Pepper, Kawa Awa, Kawa Kawa, Wati, Yogona, and Waka. The only part of the plant that is used (or should ever be used) is the rhizome (or root). Traditionally, the roots are crushed, mashed, often chewed, then milked and strained to make a mildly narcotic beverage that is comparable to popular cocktails in Western culture.

Kava for stress relief. 
Any form of kava can help ease the mind and bring about a relaxing repose that lasts about 1-2 hours at a time. If you want something that acts fast, then making a cup of kava from powdered kava root and drinking it in a single gulp is one way. Or, simply taking 1-2 pea-sized amounts of Kavalactone Paste (55% or Full Spectrum) will do the trick. Instant Kava Mixes can be less potent and work more slowly. Capsules work the slowest and are the least noticeable if one is looking for the tangible relaxing effects, but they can be a great way to help support the easing of back pain.

Kava to help support the easing of back pain. 
Although kava is not a medicine by FDA standards, and we cannot advertise it as a product for pain relief, there are a large number of people with issues with back pain who are very regular customers of kava kava.*

Is kava safe?
The only safety issues regarding kava has to do with a few reports of kava’s effect on the liver. These have been shown to be flawed. In 2002, the Food and Drug Administration initiated a ban on the selling of kava supplements upon hearing about liver toxicity reports in Europe. In 2005, they conducted their own research and ultimately decided that kava was safe and lifted the ban in 2008. Even though kava was given the go-ahead for sale, all government-funded studies on kava were suspended.

Taking Kava Safely
Stress, anxiety and insomnia are at epidemic levels and kava offers a natural alternative to prescription anti-anxiety medications and sleeping pills which have significant side effects. Kava in the form of a supplement is not the same as traditional kava tea, so use common sense when taking a kava supplement. The American Botanical Council offers these common sense precautions:

  • Don’t use kava if you have liver problems.

  • Don’t take kava if you regularly use alcohol.

  • Don’t mix kava with any drug that adversely effects the liver — this includes both prescription and over-the-counter medications. You can check if kava has any known interaction with any medication in this drug interaction checker.

  • Don’t use kava for more than four weeks at a time.

  • Discontinue kava use if you develop signs of jaundice or hepatitis.

  • Don’t take kava with other anti-anxiety remedies such as 5-HTP, melatonin or St. John’s wort.

  • As with many other herbal remedies, kava’s safety has not been established for pregnant or nursing women.

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