A guest post/article by Heather Bonner, admin for The Kratom Buzz and Reviews.
Imagine you are in a crowded room. In this room there are DEA Agents, members of the FDA, Senators, Congressmen, kratom consumers as well as kratom vendors. The other consumers do not know this but you do.
Imagine that consumers are discussing kratom and all it’s benefits. Consumers are dosing right in front of these big wigs. There is nothing to hide, after all, kratom is perfectly legal. This is just another typical day.
The vendors start trying to sell their products. What are they saying about it? Are they saying you will get sense of euphoria from it? Are they promising it will cure all your issues? What they say about it is very important & how they present it, is very important.
Consumers are starting to dose with their kratom. Where are they getting it from? Are they pulling it out of ziploc baggies? Is it packaged in a way that makes it look illegal or shady?
Remember, you know there are some very important people in this room but you cannot say a word to anyone about that. You can only stand there, watch in silence & see how things play out. Tough spot to be in, isn’t it?
Consumers need to be honest about kratom and how it effects them. We need to be open and honest about our precious plant. We need to scream from the roof tops about how amazing kratom is for each of us. We need to be honest about how we use it. Why are we using terms like “bathe” and “burning”? The FDA is looking for reasons to ban this plant. Please do NOT help them! When we speak on Facebook pages we should be mindful that anyone can be in that forum with us! In fact, it has been proven that they have used some of our statements against us. When we use terms like bathing or burning we are doing ourselves, and the plant, a huge disservice. We sound like we are on a bluelight forum with all the secret terms. The FDA knows that we are not bathing in it or burning it. By saying we are, we look like we are trying to hide something. It is legal so why the secrecy and deception? The truth shall set you free lol. Yes, we ingest it. Some of us mix it in tea, coffee, juice etc. Some of us use capsules. Whatever your preferred method is, it is fine. It is legal. It is YOUR choice!
We should also keep in mind that new people join kratom pages daily. Some of them are completely new to kratom. I have seen, more than a few times, a newbie saying they were confused. Can you blame them? When people are discussing bathing in it new people have to wonder what we are talking about. That’s not how they heard kratom was used. Heck, they might even dump some in their bath thinking they are doing it correctly.
What would you SAY differently if you knew the FDA was standing over your shoulder? What would you DO differently? The honest truth is that they are looking. They are watching. They are listening. They are waiting for enough ammo to make it illegal everywhere.
From vendors to consumers, we need to stop and think about how we are promoting our beloved plant. We need to keep it classy and professional. We need to be honest. Consumers are allowed to say it is ingested. Please stop the slang terminology that makes it look bad. Please try to find another way to mail it that consists of something more than baggies. Please do your part in keeping it legal.
As for vendors having to put that it is not for human consumption…well, that is a topic for another day.