- Find out if Kratom is Legal in your local community -- Kratom is legal in most areas of the USA. Still, bills regularly pop up in many communities and states around the country attempting to criminalize Kratom sale, possession, and use. Ask around at your local Kratom shop or search online about any bills or petitions in your area regarding Kratom. After doing some research you can then take action by getting your friends involved and by going to town hall meetings.
- Connect Online -- For many Kratom users, there may not be a local shop where you can congregate, especially in communities in which Kratom is not readily available due to laws. So if you want to meet other local Kratom lovers and find out how to take action, join an online community. Or start your own! From community-based sites like Reddit or Facebook to other popular private Kratom forums, there are a wide variety of sites and pages where you can find your own Kratom community. These groups are amazing resources for information about Kratom legalization, regulation, and how to get involved.
- Support Good Practice Suppliers -- You should only buy your Kratom products from reliable companies engaged in the market’s leading business practices. Whether it’s their sources, production,or product management, it is important to support a vendor you can trust and a vendor who follows the rules. Untrustworthy Kratom sellers are largely responsible for the negative publicity surrounding Kratom. These sellers will take shortcuts that could lead to impurities mixed in with natural Kratom. These sellers combine their impure product with unproven medical claims, which creates safety hazards. If you want to advocate for Kratom, make sure you advocate for Kratom, and not a perversion of Kratom.
- Spread the word -- Finally, the most important (and easiest) thing you can do as a Kratom advocate is to spread the word. Buying anything from your local or online vendor not only supports their presence in the community, it also provides you, a hopeful new Kratom advocate, the ideal conversation starter. Something as simple as a Club13 tee-shirt can help normalize Kratom in your local communities.
Take a moment to familiarize yourself with Kratom. In this podcast brought to you by In the Hive, Roger McDonough tells you what Kratom is and why people use it. Listen along as McDonough explores the world of this natural plant through personal testimonials of advocates to business owners, scientists to senators.
One guest, Utah State Senator Curtis Brambles, sponsored the Utah Kratom Consumer Protection Act, which protects the purity of distribution. Senator Brambles explains how he was inspired to sponsor this legislation after the death of his son-in-law, who passed away last year from opioid addiction. Senator Brambles is not only a user and advocate of Kratom but, apparently, is known to keep a bottle of Kratom on his desk.
The podcast then introduces Dr. Jack Henningfield, one of the world's leading experts on addiction and the behavioral, cognitive, and central nervous system (CNS) effects of drugs. Dr. Henningfield takes us on a journey from it's indigenous roots in Southeast Asia to its newfound popularity in the United States.
The podcast also gives the perspective of a Salt Lake City business owner who discusses with McDonough what enticed him to get in the industry. Inspired by public support, this business owner has grown his local business into a success story.
New users, old users, or people curious about Kratom will find this podcast enlightening. Click the link provided and explore the culture surrounding this traditional Southeast Asian plant. But don't take it from me, listen for yourself.