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The Origins of Kratom
Kratom has been used for thousands of years by Southeast Asian indigenous people to help maintain general well being. Kratom didn’t gain attention outside of southeast Asia until the early 1880s when it was documented by botanist Pieter Willem Korthals. Traditionally, kratom has been used by laborers and farmers in Thailand. As of 2018 the Thai government has decriminalized Kratom for medicinal use. Kratom is known by other names throughout South East Asia, “biak” or “ketum” in Malaysia, “Mambog” in the Philippines, and “krathom” in Thailand.
Today it is estimated that over 5 million Americans are “Kratom Enthusiasts”. Currently Kratom is legal in most U.S. states thanks to the continued activism of the kratom community.
In August 2016 the DEA moved to schedule Kratom through an “emergency scheduling procedure”. As a direct result of efforts made by the Kratom community, the American Kratom Association, and many politicians throughout the country, the intended scheduling by the DEA was halted and Kratom remains legal in the United States.
This is a testament to the importance this plant has in people’s lives and their willingness to fight for their civil and consumer rights. No other plant targeted by the DEA has ever escaped scheduling. This stands as the first example of the DEA retracting their intention to schedule a plant or compound of any kind in the 40 year history of the organization.
Traditional Kava Kava Recipe
Here are our recommended steps to make an excellent batch of kava.
All you need is a mesh strainer, and a couple bowls.
- For one part kava, use three to four parts water.
- Pour water that is warm to the touch (not hot) into a large bowl.
- Put the dry kava in a strainer bag and immerse the bag in water.
- Knead and squeeze the kava for about 10-15 minutes while applying a lot of pressure.
- Squeeze the kava as dry as possible before discarding the separated pulp.
- Enjoy your kava beverage!
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Our Vision for the Future of Kratom In America
What will the future of Kratom be in the United States? That seems to be the question everyone wants an answer to! The past 10 years have seen a large boom in people who buy Kratom and a huge upspring in the number of kratom vendors, kratom retailers, products, purchasers, and activists. What can we expect? What can we hope for?
We at Divine World Botanicals have always believed in the power of positive thinking and visualizing the outcome we wish to see manifest. So in the spirit of this thinking, we’d like to share with you our vision of what Kratom could become in the future of this great country.
The next several years are going to be ground zero for Kratom Warriors, Advocates, and Political efforts. This is the wall we have to break through for any possible future to become a reality. I see this great community growing stronger in both numbers and enthusiasm everyday, as well as being joined by Scientists, Researchers, and Politicians who see the potential of this plant. I see less fear and more faith that we can overcome the corporate-lobbyist-congressional complex that opposes us now. As the science behind kratom becomes stronger and more established, a pathway will present it’s self for Kratom to move forward.Regulation. Every established and respected industry in the U.S. has a regulating body in the government and one or more trade associations/unions in the industry. Anyone who is serious about the long term sustainablity of this industry WANTS regulation, and yes folks… some kind of relationship with the FDA. I see a future where leading vendors, wholesalers, and political advocates work together to create the kind of regulatory priciples that will provide confidence and quality to the consumer, and a fair market playing field for the Vendors, Wholesalers, and Farmers across the globe.
Finally, I see a future where someone can purchase quality Kratom not only online, but in safe and clean locations like health food stores, spas, supplement stores, even dispensaries associated with clinics. Boutique Shops that carry a wonderful variety of products and strains by knowledgeable people with integrity and pride. Safe, Knowledgeable, Trust Worthy, and Quality Kratom. These are the words of our Future Kratom Vision.
Please join us in making this vision come true and supporting this great community as well as our own lives and freedoms. This vision is about you!