Arkansas Kratom Ban Yanks Away The Only Help For Pain and Addiction


By Brandon Turbeville

The police state has struck again – this time in the state of Arkansas. In what has become an increasing trend across the country, the natural pain killer, stress reliever and recovery assistant known as Kratom has been added to the list of Schedule 1 narcotics by the Arkansas Department of Health. Arkansas is now the sixth state to ban the plant along with Alabama, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Vermont and Indiana.

See: North Carolina Files Bill To Place Kratom On Controlled Substances List

Kratom, aka mitragyna speciosa, is not an opiate but functions in a similar manner, i.e. attaching to activating opoid receptors. The substance has been shown to alleviate chronic pain and anxiety as well as aid in overcoming addiction despite its own “euphoric effects.”

Studies in mice have actually demonstrated impressive results in overcoming addiction to cocaine. Many Kratom users have also sung the plant’s praises in regards to heroin addiction. Kratom users claim that the substance is an excellent substitute for prescription pain medication as well as the addiction that comes with prescribed opiates.

In an interview with an Arkansas Kratom user going by the name of Lisa, she related her own experience of liberation from the tyranny of the medical system and addiction to prescription medication as a result of using Kratom.

The fibromyalgia sufferer states,

When I heard they’d banned it and the way they banned it, I literally broke down in tears. I don’t want to go back to pain medication, and I won’t go back to pain medication. But now that it’s illegal, it’s hard to get. Nobody will send it here because they don’t want to get in trouble, which I totally understand. The way they went about doing it was so underhanded.

When I take opiates for my pain, it doesn’t even really help with the pain. It just makes me not care about the pain. But when it comes back, it comes back 10 times worse. Therefore you have to take more and more opiates to make it go away. With Kratom, it literally makes the pain go away. When you take Kratom, you don’t get the high feeling. You’re just normal.

I’ve seen stories in [online] groups that break my heart – because people are talking about having to go back to the streets — going back to heroin, going back to the things that they came off of … . Honestly, I will find a way. I will continue to use Kratom. I don’t know how, but I will. I can’t go back to pain medication that has almost cost me good jobs. There’s something natural that helps me, and they took it away overnight. I don’t know what I’m supposed to do without it.

Lisa’s story is reminiscent of so many others who found Kratom to be a source of relief. Unfortunately, the Arkansas ban is also reminiscent of many stories where American citizens who are supposed to live in the freest country in the world find substances natural or otherwise that improve their health or the quality of their life are soon threatened with a prison cell for possessing them.

Indeed, never does a good thing arise without a bureaucratic “board,” a law enforcement “official” or other “expert” arriving to ban, criminalize and eliminate it.

Arkansas is just the latest in a stream of state governments who are determined to prevent the United States from moving in a direction toward individual liberty and doing everything in their power to ensure that Americans continue to suffer under a ridiculous drug war and medical dictatorship.

Photo credit: Ahmad Fuad Morad via Visual Hunt / CC BY-NC-SA

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Brandon Turbevillearticle archive here – is an author out of Florence, South Carolina. He is the author of six books, Codex Alimentarius — The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real Conspiracies,Five Sense SolutionsandDispatches From a Dissident, volume 1 and volume 2, The Road to Damascus: The Anglo-American Assault on Syria, and The Difference it Makes: 36 Reasons Why Hillary Clinton Should Never Be President. Turbeville has published over 600 articles dealing on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville’s podcast Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST at UCYTV. He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at)


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  • Time for the government to go away. We don’t need slavemasters.

  • CAWS

    This is messed up. Big Pharma is behind this. Kratom freed me from fibromyalgia pain as well after 26 years! Unfortunately stocking up on it is also not really a good plan as it loses potency with time. Very tricky plant to grow too. Even with multiple chemical sensitivity [and allergies to most drugs] ;I have never had a bad reaction to this plant nor has it ever made me high.
    I believe it is now illegal in Florida too.

  • Wow CAWS, that’s an amazing testimony – let’s fight to keep it legal!

  • This is a prime example of how something helped people so they raced to take it away.

  • CAWS

    I’m only one of many hundreds of fibro folks using it.
    In Thailand ; where it grows wild & has been illegal for decades is now going to legalize it as it can also help get users off opiods. Again while our govt pays lip service to the addiction problems we have in USA ;it is too profitable for Big Pharma & the prison system to not criminalize this.

  • So true

  • jazzfeed

    Passive statement. You know very well power concedes nothing and never will without, at a minimum, DEMAND. What have you demanded from your legislators lately?

  • jazzfeed

    I don’t believe it’s because it helped people Heather – I believe the pharmaceutical industry perceive naturopathic approaches to disease a large and growing financial threat. In the “corporate mind”, this must be nipped in the bud…by any means legal or illegal, i.e., murder. We are faced with, and dealing with, fat-with money, emotionally sterile psychopaths.

  • Actually, we communicate with our legislators by phone and email on a regular basis. Unfortunately, all they care about is serving their Zio-Terrorist masters. Trying to get these bums to serve the people is a fools errand.

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