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20. Jennifer Van Blunk

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20. Jennifer Van Blunk
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Jennifer Van Blunk is a Philly pastry chef. Years ago her dream of a career in the military was cut short due to an injury. After being discharged from the Navy, she took opiates for the physical and emotional pain for years, until she got to the point where, in her words, “I was literally …

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9. Kratom in France, Mississippi, and the Media

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9. Kratom in France, Mississippi, and the Media
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This week: Kratom banned in France, Mississippi State Senator Chuck Younger announces he’ll introduce a bill to ban kratom in his state, and we examine kratom as covered in media over the past week.  Produced by Brian Gallagher for https://www.kratomscience.com/ Reference links: Kratom Science Europe post https://www.kratomscience.eu/kratom-in-france/ ANSM press release https://ansm.sante.fr/S-informer/Points-d-information-Points-d-information/Inscription-du-kratom-sur-la-liste-des-psychotropes-Point-d-Information#_ftn1 Article about France’s kratom …

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6. Boston Kratom Guy

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My guest this week is the Boston Kratom Guy, Mike Oversteet. Mike has a podcast called the Kratom Guy Show. He’s an outspoken kratom warrior. He’s not only a kratom vendor, he’s also a client. The third guy named Mike we’ve had on the show. Ladies and gentleman, Mike Overstreet, the Boston Kratom Guy…. For more information on …

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Dr. Drew trashes chronic pain patients as “borderline druggies”

Last week on his podcast This Life You Live, celebrity addiction specialist Dr. Drew Pinsky called chronic pain patients “borderline druggies” for seeking medical treatment in the form of pain medication. Not surprisingly, this angered thousands of chronic pain patients who are now struggling to receive proper treatment from their doctors in the aftermath of …

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Interview with Dirk Netter, author of the first German language book about kratom

Dirk Netter is the author of the first major German language book on kratom. Kratom – Ethnobotanik, Anwendung, Kultur (English: Kratom – Ethnobotany, Application, and Culture) is soon to be released by Nachtschatten Verlag (Nightshade Press), a publisher from Switzerland. In 2018, Netter founded HIPF, or Hochschulgruppe für interdisziplinäre psychedelische Forschung, translated to English: the …

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PA House resolution seeking regulatory guidance from the FDA contains language explaining why it shouldn’t

A proposed resolution introduced to the Pennsylvania House on Tuesday, September 3rd would officially request guidelines for kratom regulation in the state from none other than the FDA. HR460’s primary sponsor is Rep. Jim Struzzi. It is co-sponsored by other representatives from rural PA counties (contact info below). Many kratom consumers have been commenting on …

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Good News for Kratom Science: House Committee on Appropriations requests expanded research; NIDA grants $3.4 million to UF College of Pharmacy

Slowly but surely, government is responding to the relentless advocacy of the kratom community and the American Kratom Association. In addition to the state governments of Georgia, Utah, and Arizona (that recently decided to regulate rather than ban kratom), the House of Representatives and the National Institutes on Drug Abuse are listening to our calls …

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