I couldn't believe it the first time I stumbled onto poppy seeds at 'ol amazon ... huge sacks of the things with consumers talking openly in the reviews about the effectiveness ... damn. But that demented leprechaun is going after kratom instead?
I can honestly say that if it weren't for kratom I'd likely be another statistic in the pharma-made "opiod epidemic," which is a misnomer at best, sort of like our "obesity epidemic."
The epidemic we're seeing isn't a widespread outbreak of an infectious opiate disease - it's the ongoing outbreak of government offices and self-serving police forces bent on controlling a population that simply wants to feel better. Sure, there's always going to be a group that needs to take it higher, but most people that turn to the illegal or grey-area substances start off with their legal drug dealer (the corner pharmacy) and then got cut off when uncomfortable questions were being asked, like "why does a town of 1200 people consume over a million hydros a year?
So now the feds are gonna try and close down the kratom market so they can schill for pharma. I'm already hearing tons of ads on the radio about federally assisted buprenorphine therapy ... as long as they're getting their piece of the action, they don't really care how it happens, but kratom doesn't flow through the proper greased palms, so it'll go the way of coca and khat (which, by the way, have much larger vectors for abuse IMO).
For what it's worth, the supply is still there - it's no illegal (yet) and a bureau that can't keep whole trucks full of illegal migrants from crossing a border certainly can't keep kratom from coming over either, but it'll likely be illegal or wicked overpriced in the near future.
Invest in bulk powders and a vacuum sealer. Write / call your representatives several times. We got this knocked back two years ago - perhaps it can happen again, although it's creepy that the feds are keeping such a low profile with this latest announcement. I think they're going to try and fly this plant-control under the radar.
Fucking morons. They should plant a bucket of kratom at the front door of every pain clinic in the nation, but that may actually help wean people off the teat, and they can't have that.
I really hoped the new millennium would fade away from the police-state. And I'm still waiting on my flying car. And my robot sex slave. And functional hangover pills. And fat-free Doritos that don't make you shit for five hours. Hell, at this point I'd settle for nationwide MJ legalization, even though it wouldn't help me what with the profession and all.
Anywhoo - I'm really liking this yellow Vietnamese strain ... too bad we're just starting to get real variety and quality in the kratom industry and the feds are gonna take a giant dump on it. Guess I'll have to go back to throwing dice and ordering from freakin' Indonesia using my dickhead neighbor's address ... again.