AN EXPERT COMMITTEE OF THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION (WHO) HAS RECOMMENDED KRATOM NOT BE SUBJECT TO A ”CRITICAL REVIEW,” POTENTIALLY ALLAYING FEARS THAT THE BOTANICAL WILL BE CONTROLLED INTERNATIONALLY AS A DRUG.
Following a pre-review of kratom and its constituents during an October meeting in Geneva, WHO’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD) concluded there is inadequate evidence to recommend a critical review of kratom. With the exception of one member, the expert committee also reached the same conclusion about two constituents in kratom, mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine.
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The ECDD, an independent group of experts in the field of drugs and medicine, recommended kratom, mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine be kept under surveillance by the WHO Secretariat.
Kratom advocates had feared a worst-case scenario ahead of the WHO meeting: the U.N. Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) would eventually move to “schedule” (as a drug) kratom internationally, requiring dozens of countries—including the U.S.—who are parties to the 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances to ban the substance.
But such fears may be put to rest, at least for now, since kratom is not recommended for a critical review.
WHO initiated a pre-review of kratom and its constituents based, in part, on a “country-level report indicating the potential for abuse, dependence and harm to public health from mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine,” according to a Nov. 18 document summarizing the ECDD’s recommendations. The document also cited a report from an international group detailing fatalities associated with use of kratom.
“Kratom can produce serious toxicity in people who use high doses, but the number of cases is probably low as a proportion of the total number of people who use kratom,” WHO stated in the document. “Although mitragynine has been analytically confirmed in a number of deaths, almost all involve use of other substances, so the degree to which kratom use has been a contributory factor to fatalities is unclear.”
Tens of thousands of consumers sent comments to FDA and WHO, many opposing a ban of kratom and hailing its benefits. In a Dec. 7 email to its members, the American Kratom Association (AKA) described WHO’s recent announcement as “an enormous validation of the comments you submitted and science we presented to the WHO ECDD.”
“The AKA, and kratom consumers around the world, are extremely grateful for the extensive review and the overwhelming consensus by the ECDD that [there] was insufficient evidence to recommend kratom be subjected to a full critical review,” Mac Haddow, senior fellow on public policy with AKA, said in a press release.
Haddow added, “There can be no doubt that kratom should not be scheduled and that it should be responsibly regulated to protect against dangerously adulterated kratom products.”
AKA, however, cautioned it remains to be seen how WHO’s recommendation will impact future reviews of kratom.
“What exactly this will mean for kratom internationally and potential future reviews is unclear, but we can be certain that kratom’s enemies will try to bring it up again,” observed the kratom group in its email, which acknowledged one member of the ECDD was in favor of a critical review of mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine.
Kratom is used commonly to treat chronic pain and opioid withdrawal symptoms, and consumption of the herb can lead to such adverse effects as constipation, nervousness, respiratory depression, vomiting and weight loss, according to FDA.
“Kratom has been reported to have both narcotic and stimulant-like effects, and withdrawal symptoms may include hostility, aggression, excessive tearing, aching of muscles and bones, and jerky limb movements,” FDA noted in a 2021 Federal Register notice announcing WHO’s October meeting to review kratom and six other substances, including phenibut.
FDA for years has maintained an import alert on dietary supplements and bulk dietary ingredients that contain kratom. And recently, a manufacturer of kratom supplements entangled in a lawsuit with the U.S. Department of Justice agreed to destroy articles seized by the government.
FDA declined to comment on the ECDD’s recent recommendations pertaining to kratom and its constituents.
INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY SIGNALS OVERWHELMING SUPPORT FOR KRATOM DURING WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION ECDD VIRTUAL MEETING
AKA REQUESTS PUBLIC LINK TO INFORMATION SESSION
WASHINGTON, D.C — October 11, 2021 — The American Kratom Association (AKA) earlier today presented arguments to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD) which is currently holding a week-long critical review of 5 substances and a pre review of 2 substances. Today the committee heard from preregistered speakers regarding the substances being reviewed, particularly kratom. The AKA’s delegation expertly and articulately demonstrated that existing and emerging scientific studies confirm kratom should not be banned and that kratom has many merits for continued human use.
In the interest of transparency, the AKA has requested that the WHO ECDD provide a public link to today’s information session.
“All public presentations on kratom were clearly opposed to the international scheduling of kratom. In fact, only one of the speakers addressed an issue other than kratom, demonstrating both how united the scientific community studying kratom is against a ban, and how unnecessary it was to include kratom in the WHO ECDD’s prereview process,” said Mac Haddow, Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the AKA.
Haddow continued, “Clearly the anti-kratom sentiment is coming from one source: the FDA. Although we didn’t hear the anti-kratom speakers today, the FDA will have the ability to make their views on kratom known as a part of the member-state submissions. However, based on the strong presentations made on the science of kratom during the presentations this morning, I believe we have established the position that the FDA is unfairly biased against kratom.”
The ECDD will remain in non-public discussions over the next four days, and then the review of member state submissions between now and early December. Their announcement of any decisions related to will be made public at that time.
The committee could rule in several ways, which include taking no action at all or announcing a full, critical review of kratom. The AKA is fully prepared to present all facts and evidence necessary should a critical review be implemented.
I just wanted to give you an update how the Coronavirus and global pandemic is affecting us here. First of all we are all fit and well so there are no health issues causing delays.
We have been experiencing panic buying which caused slight delays but we are back on top of the situation. All orders are being processed and dispatched for next day delivery. Cut off for order picking is 3pm.
The courier seem to be on top of the situation but that does not mean delays in the coming weeks. Please avoid panic buying. As far as I’m concerned we are one big family and with that said, we should think about others.
We have enough stock to last before the next shipment arrives at current levels. Some strains are getting on the low side but all in all it is not critical.
RECOMMENDED PREPARATION IS KRATOM TEA
I think it is worth noting that preparing a kratom tea is currently the best option. Making a kratom tea will kill coronavirus, make sure your water is boiling, just to be on the safe side.
Bring 1.5 cups of water to the boil in saucepan.
Add your usual dosage, stir and bring it back to the boil then switch the heat off. (be careful when adding the powder as the pan can boil over, add it little by little)
Allow the tea to sit for 5-10 minutes with the lid on.
Add sugar or honey and a squeeze of lemon if you prefer.
GUARANTEED SATURDAY AND SUNDAY DELIVERY!
W’ve been in negotiations with the courier for some time in an attempt to offer you a better service at no additional cost to you. Today we got the green light. That means you can now order on a Friday or Saturday and get guaranteed delivery on a Saturday and Sunday. The account manager seemed pretty confident they can guarantee delivery, even under the current circumstances. Obviously we are covering the additional costs associated with this service.
Take care my friends, be well and stay positive.
Franz and Team
One of the most regular questions we are asked is, ”Can I use Kratom for Depression?’’ In short the answer is YES! Kratom.co.uk have been in business since 2001. We have witnessed thousands of people who can testify to using Kratom for depression.
What is the Cause of Depression?
There are multiple causes for depression which makes it a complicated disorder. Often it’s a result of poor nutrition, hormones, genetics, drugs, alcohol and other traumatic experiences.
It is estimated by the World Health Organization that over 300 million people suffer from depressive disorders. It is best to seek treatment as depression can lead to other compilations, such as self harm or worse, thoughts of suicide.
More often than not most of us seek help and speak with our GP’s. Most antidepressants prescribed are SSRIs (Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors). SSRIs increase the amount of serotonin produced in the brain. Serotonin is what makes us feel happy. These antidepressants include citalopram (Celexa), escitalopram (Lexapro ), fluoxetine (Prozac ), fluvoxamine(Luvox ), paroxetine (Paxil), and sertraline (Zoloft). Vilazodone (Viibryd) and vortioxetine (Trintellix, former called Brintellix)
Side Effects of SSRI Antidepressants
SSRIs do have side effects and it is for this reason many people are looking for natural alternatives such as, ‘using kratom for depression’. It is generally perceived by our GP’s that the side effects of SSRI’s are mild. Moreover, the dosage would have a large part to play in how severe the side effects are. Doctors quote mild effects such as insomnia, dizziness, sexual problems, weight change and headaches. In addition, SSRI’s can take several months before the drugs take effect, leaving us feeling worse in the mean time.
Using Kratom for Depression
Kratom has become popular as a natural remedy for depression in the UK and especially in the US and Canada. We have to be sceptic when looking for an alternative remedy. You are here today because you have heard that Kratom really does appear to be working for many users. When using Kratom for depression most people use it to taper off their current medication to reduce the withdrawal symptoms. After that SSRI’s are often given up and instead using kratom for depression appears to be effective in many cases.
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