Hey Harper, Stop Banning Our Medicines!

Mitragynine2DACS.svgThanks to our Harper-run Nanny State, I may some time in the near future no longer have access to the medicine I have been using for RLS, the mysterious neurological disorder that has plagued me for nearly a decade. Why would the government ban my medicine? Because it’s a plant. And no, it’s not cannabis.

Today, I went to one particular local headshop ,which is more like an herbalist supply store, to get some kratom, which is what I use for RLS.  Kratom is ground leaf from the mitragyna speciosa plant, an Asian tree in the coffee family which acts as a partial opiate, binding to the MU receptors.  It’s something like the herbal equivalent to buprenorphine. A few years ago, they had every herb you could want and pages of cannabis seed types in a catalogue. Things have changed. No more seeds, that is not so surprising. But several plants have been newly banned and the manager said he was even arrested for importing illicit drugs when he tried to bring a couple of them over the border.

What was he bringing in? For one, he had mimosa- the tickle plant! Accused of importing DMT for having a tickle plant! And he was also accused of importing mescaline for having some cacti, and of course cannabis for having some seeds.  A few years ago, the Australian government set out to ban every one of the thousands of  types of plant that contains DMT or any component that could be used to make it. Turns out, it’s not just Australia doing this. Here in Canada, Banisteriopsis Caapi is now banned, even though it doesn’t contain DMT, but because it can be used in the making of the ayahuasca brew, which does contains the molecule.

Plants are an important source of medicine, and having access to them is an important source of health freedom and power. I use kratom for RLS. It works, I don’t need a prescription, I control when and how much I take, and the side-effects are minimal. Now and then, it has me wake up with a bit of a headache. The alternative is pharma’s RLS drugs, which are really Parkinsons’ drugs that are only a little more effective than a placebo for RLS. But the side effects are a lot more serious than a placebo. It can cause sudden impulse and compulsive behavior. I’m talking binge eating, hitting the casino to blowing your life savings, and jumping into bed with every random guy you fancy. How does it make sense that a drug that can do that to you is considered ‘safe and effective’, but an herb that does none of that and works a lot better is threatened with being given an illegal status as contraband? I use kratom safely and responsibly. I don’t need some government or professional looming over me to make sure I don’t turn into an herbal junkie. In fact, if it wasn’t for the availability of herbs like kratom, I might end up in bad enough shape from lack of sleep to develop some serious problems. I’m keeping myself healthy by enabling myself to get some sleep. And as a healthier person, I cost Canadian tax payers a lot less money.

Banning medicinal plants just because they have psychoactive properties only limits people’s access to good health, both physical and psychological. Those who use them are in a minority, and it doesn’t benefit anyone to clamp down on them and their herbal medicine cabinet. All it does is empower the enormous pharmaceutical multinational corporations to hold an iron grip monopoly on our health and the decisions we can make regarding it.

6 responses to “Hey Harper, Stop Banning Our Medicines!

  1. I am a grandmother of six granddaughters. One, Aubrey, blesses my home, every Thursday, for two years. I have not only raised three of my own, but helped raise five bonus children thru a second marriage. As Aubrey began to grow, and develope, as a child, I began to notice, certain things, that just didn’t “fit,” as they had with all the other children. Her motor skills were spot on, but as she grew older, I noticed that her communicative skills, and her ability to “look at me,” when I spoke, were not there. At first, I thought, it was a hearing issue. But, if you put on a cartoon video of one of her favorite characters, she would run, laughing, from the next room, to sit and watch, and laugh. Her vocalzation skills, even single words…not forthcoming. Over a year, this only became more, and more pronounced. There is a deeper issue. My son, and his wife, have never onced, voiced these concerns, and surely, they have witnessed them. Other family members do, yet no one, wants to address the issue. A younger child was born into the same family group, within 10 months. Parents are overwhelmed, with supporting, and taking care of a total of four daughters. I know, in my heart, this child needs evaluating, and help, as soon as possible, in order to allow her the quality of life she deserves. HOW, do I proceed, from here, with this?

  2. Hey Sonia, send me an email (address below). I’d like to talk to you about RLS, Adrenal Fatigue and Kratom etc.
    Thanks

  3. Unbelievable.. big pharma is one of the nastiest entities of all😦

  4. Hey Sonia, how much kratom do you find you have to take before bed for RLS. I just got some today and have RLS. Im starting tonite with 1/2 a teaspoon. I hope thats enough, we will see. Do you take it as a tea?

  5. Have you looked into buying Kratom on line? I know for a fact it’ll be far cheaper then head shops!!! I buy mine from pabotanicals.com. not sure if they ship to Canada tho! Check out the group on Facebook Kratom–new and current users. They have a full list of active vetted vendors (they test their quality and purity before recommending) and I know they’re are a few sellers from Canada.

  6. Epsom salts (about 1/4 teaspoon) in a glass of water; stops RLS. I’m in my 2nd year of using magnesium sulfate this way. It works for me ~~~Nancy Gurish

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