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87. Kratom News for August 2022

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87. Kratom News for August 2022
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Kailee joins Brian for this month’s kratom news. Florida Drug Policy Council considers a kratom ban in the state. A Florida car accident involving a passed out man with a needle in his pocket is blamed on kratom. Big cannabis news: Bill for federal decriminalization of cannabis introduced. WNBA athlete Brittney Griner sentenced to 9 …

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78. Journalist Anthony Roberts: Working on A Leaf of Faith, FOIA’ing the DEA and FDA, and Kratom as NDI

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78. Journalist Anthony Roberts: Working on A Leaf of Faith, FOIA’ing the DEA and FDA, and Kratom as NDI
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Anthony Roberts is a journalist, author of two books on steroids, and and an expert in the field of performance enhancing drugs, dietary supplements, and physical training. He researched interview subjects for the 2018 Chris Bell documentary A Leaf of Faith. We talk about making the movie, grieving parents who target drugs for banning, what …

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77. Susan Ash, Founder of the American Kratom Association, Part 2

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77. Susan Ash, Founder of the American Kratom Association, Part 2
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UPDATE: INTRO ADDED.we wanted to clarify that we support the AKA’s lobbying efforts. In Part 2 (see Episode 76 for Part 1), discuss Susan Ash’s exit from the AKA, the motivations behind it, and her response to the allegations against her. We’ll also get into the importance of a media campaign in expanding kratom knowledge, …

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76. Susan Ash, Founder of the American Kratom Association, Part 1

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76. Susan Ash, Founder of the American Kratom Association, Part 1
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Susan Ash discovered kratom in 2010 after suffering from the effects of Lyme Disease, which she believes she contracted spending years in the forest as part of her education in environmental and forest preservation work. A few years later, it was apparent kratom consumers needed an advocacy organization as some states had banned the plant …

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65. Claudia Merandi, Pain Patient Advocate and Author

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65. Claudia Merandi, Pain Patient Advocate and Author
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Hulu’s final episode of Dopesick aired yesterday. “I cancelled my Hulu account,” says my guest, Claudia Merandi. “I called it Dopesickening. Hollywood had to profit off the pain community… I refuse to watch.” Claudia Merandi has suffered from Chrohn’s disease since she was a child, as documented in her book Crohn’s: The Other ‘C’ Word: …

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Interview with Dr. Lance McMahon, Chair of Dept of Pharmacodynamics, UF College of Pharmacy

Dr. Lance McMahon is Chair of the Department of Pharmacodynamics at University of Florida College of Pharmacy. Dr. McMahon is involved in pioneering kratom research that looks at the various kratom alkaloids, how they function on our brain receptors, and how that creates kratom’s complex effects on our bio. We talk about this research, where …

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House Appropriations Committee bill HR4502 could direct HHS to Keep Kratom Legal

On July 20, the House Committee on Appropriations released summaries of seven appropriations bills for fiscal year 2022, which runs from October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022. One of the bills, HR4502 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies funding bill, includes a report, 117-96, that includes language that would direct the …

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Does the FDA want to control kratom because they know it’s safe?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been an outspoken enemy of legal kratom since 2012. The FDA’s official stance on kratom as of 2019 has been to warn Americans that kratom is a dangerous drug that should never be consumed. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to use Mitragyna speciosa, …

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The Big Dietary Supplements Industry Wants to Ban Kratom

Import Alert Imposed During Natural Products Association CEO’s Tenure at FDA The Natural Products Association (NPA) describes itself as the “leading trade association for dietary supplements”. Its board members include representatives from massive “nutraceuticals” manufacturers, big names like GNC, Vitamin Shoppe, and Nature’s Way (subsidiary of pharma giants Schwabe), Danisco (subsidiary of Dupont), and chemical …

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52. The Other Crime of the Century: State-Sanctioned Torture of Pain Patients w/ Dr. Thomas Kline

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52. The Other Crime of the Century: State-Sanctioned Torture of Pain Patients w/ Dr. Thomas Kline
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You may have seen HBO’s documentary The Crime of the Century about pharmaceutical companies influencing doctors to prescribe an abundance of pain medication. But there’s another story that may make for a sequel. CDC guidelines combined with DEA threats to doctors are now leaving chronic pain patients without the access to opioid pain medication that …

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