This was such an important topic for me to cover that I even went out of my way to make a video about it. I even through in some short clips for social media channels. This is something that needs to be said and understood if you value kratom and desire it to be or remain legal.
Stop saying user.
“I am a kratom user.”
“If you are a user of kratom…”
“When you use kratom….”
Do you say that you “use Sam E” supplements? Do you say “I’m a user of chamomile tea”? You never say “I use Prozac for my mood”.
You TAKE kratom. You CONSUME kratom. You DRINK kratom. The term “user” has a very negative connotation.
As far back as 400 B.C., physicians and philosophers blamed behavioral changes on the pull of the moon. The word “lunatic,” after all, came from the idea that changes in mental state were related to lunar cycles.
The connection between the two is even supported in historic legal treatises: Famed British jurist William Blackstone wrote that people gained and lost their ability to reason according to the moon’s shifting phases.
The possibility that humans could be affected by the moon’s cycles isn’t entirely groundless.
The ocean’s tides rise and fall in time with the moon’s phases, and several marine species — including reef coral, sea-dwelling worms, and some fish — have reproductive cycles that are roughly timed to lunar cycles.
Because the moon’s cycles are known to influence natural phenomena like the tides, some cultures have developed a persistent — but mostly incorrect— belief that lunar phases also influence human emotions, behaviors, and health.
For the most part, a full moon doesn’t cause people to become more aggressive, violent, anxious, or depressed.
There does seem to be a link between the phases of the moon and changes in symptoms of bipolar disorder. There’s also some evidence that a full moon can lead to less deep sleep and a delay in entering into REM sleep. In addition, some studies have shown a slight change in cardiovascular conditions during a full moon.
Scientists continue to study how the moon influences various physiological and psychological systems. For now, though, it appears the effect of this heavenly body on your body is less powerful than once believed, but not totally disproven. More research needs to be done. However, what we are seeing now is beginning to confirm some truth behind the ancient rumors.
You may have heard of the seed called, Akuamma. It is usually ground up in powder form because these are not seeds one can pop in their mouth like sunflower seeds. I made the mistake in buying the full blown seeds and wasted my freakin money. Don’t buy the seeds. Buy the powder either by itself or in capsules. Now, what is so great about Akuamma seeds? Well, it is commonly known to help control pain and relief some of the discomfort pain causes. It works with the same opioid receptors, but there are so many other benefits it has. The seeds contain various types of alkaloids which include akuammine and pericine.
These seeds have been used as a muscle relaxant, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-diarrheal, antimicrobial, antipyretic, antiplasmodial and antiulcer purposes. Many compare this to kratom for they are very similar, but which one do you think it better? I think both, because it is important to use and which it up often instead of sticking to even one type of kratom strain. So I would recommend adding akuamma seeds to your daily diet along with kratom.
Recommended dose 4-8 grams.
According to users on Reddit and various drug forums, they have been using the seeds to alleviate pain that is caused by Lupus erythematosus, fibromyalgia, arthritis, and migraine. According to them, that it’s a better alternative to opiates as it doesn’t cause withdrawal symptoms and has little addiction profile. Moreover, it’s a natural solution, so it has fewer side effects. Taking two seeds daily has helped a lot of patients fight pain.
In different hospitals of Ghana, the seeds are sold under the brand name ‘Picap’ as a pain killer, and studies prove that it has potential analgesic activity. Physically active people can take the seeds alone for painful, sore muscles.
The best part about Akuamma seeds is that they act very quickly. The effects are visible within 15 to 30 minutes. However, users claim that the effects are not as strong as Kratom, but it helps a lot.
Fact is, just like kratom, these can help with energy, depression, pain and insomnia depending on how much you consume as a dosage. The more naturally would make you tired and give you the best sleep ever. A little amount like 1-2 grams would boost your mentality and give you some nice needed motivation if lacking energy.
I’ll end with some good facts for you to compare and think about before trying:
Kratom sometimes faces criticism for its legal status whereas Akuamma seeds are 100% legal to use.
For medical use, Akuamma seeds work from 1.5-1.7g dosage whereas Kratom needs 3g and above dosage for its effects. Only a few strains start operating in lower dosage e.g. 1-2g.
Akuamma seeds are cheaper than kratom (in most cases).
I often times mingle both my real life and kratom life together, sharing with you little pieces here and there. I rarely throw in my spiritual practices in the mix, but as society continues to go down a path that seems to greatly lack this once popular mindset, I am beginning to feel the need to talk about it at least every once in a while.
We live in several different “mindsets”, but spirituality is not a common one these days. It’s rarely publicly talked about now in fear of easily offending someone with your unique way of thinking about faith and religion. Who knew that personal things that we think and do for ourselves would be something invaded, where people would be offended by how you are treating yourself and the mindsets you choose to entertain yourself with…. Where you will be asked nearly daily to change your thoughts in order to make others feel good about themselves.
No longer is “not caring what people think” a thing taught. You must care what people think, and if it offends you, you then must change what they are thinking.
I was raised as a Christian, but it wasn’t a thing I was “commanded” to believe. Instead it was a thing taught and practiced in my home where we learned about faith and formed a genuine opinion around it and spirituality. If we chose not to believe it, we would be listened to and asked to explain why we didn’t. Debates were a common thing in my childhood. In fact, my spiritual upbringing is the reason I never hide from confrontation. I welcome them. They are the quickest way to finding peace and settling scores.
Spirituality is a personal thing, a personal mindset that the majority are not going to fully understand or agree with. They aren’t supposed to. Your personal faith is unique to you because it is a formation of your life and journeys that only you have taken and gone through. Another is incapable of seeing everything 100% your way. This is why agreeing to disagree is still a vitally important concept to accept and practice. We must accept our different viewpoints and find common ground. Growth and advancement of any great society or generation is because of the combined knowledge and differences.
Let’s return to accepting each other and our differences, or society will fall apart. Society will dissolve into nothing because it refuses to strengthen each other, just like iron sharpens iron. Let’s be strong in different ways but together.