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By John Litteral 1-8-23

Before I begin to discuss kratom, I want to point out that the amount of ignorance and propaganda about it is so vast that I still cannot believe how much misinformation there is about it and how asinine it sounds when I read comments about it on the internet. There are some reasons why the misinformation about it is so far out of hand, and I will explain how I feel about that below.

I’ve been taking kratom now for over three years, and I have never had any issues, except when I consumed a little too much and got a little nauseated. That was simply because I took too much of it, which will happen no matter what you consume. I have quit taking it at different times and I personally have never had any negative withdraws. No headaches or anything. Even caffeine withdraws can be rough to handle.


So, what is kratom? ‘Kratom is a member of the coffee family and is made from the powderized leaves of the kratom evergreen tree. Grown in Southeast Asia, kratom has been used for centuries by laborers for energy, pain relief, and relaxation.

There are three distinct kratom varieties – Green, White, and Red.

Green kratom tends to be more well-rounded with smaller amounts providing stimulant like effects and larger amounts a more sedative effect.

White kratom varieties tend to be more energetic and up-lifting.

Red kratom types are more commonly used for pain and have more of a sedative effect.’1

I have tried all three strains, and I prefer the Green Kratom. You can get kratom in powder and capsules. I use the powder and I mix a spoonful with water and drink it. I order my kratom as powder in bulk from an excellent distributor Greenoatz Organix.2


For years I have taken caffeine as a stimulant in the mornings in the form of coffee. I have also drank coffee throughout the day in order to help for mental alertness, especially at work. Moderate caffeine intake is fine, but it’s common for people to build a large tolerance to it and they tend to consume more in order to get the same effects. When I discovered kratom, thanks to my son, I quickly found that it is excellent, and it can be taken as a replacement to caffeine. I still wake up to a cup of coffee each morning, but my caffeine intake has dramatically gone down, and I take kratom a couple of different times a day for that boost of mental alertness, focus, and pep for work. I also like to take some kratom any time that I make podcast episodes when I need to have a sharp mind. It maximizes my ability to think fast and articulate my thoughts into words. A funny quote that I heard one time is that kratom is for those times when you need something better than caffeine but less powerful that cocaine. Ha ha! On a serious note, kratom is very safe and effective. I do not get the jitters from kratom like I can get from caffeine, and it does not raise my blood pressure like caffeine can. I used to have high blood pressure, and there is no doubt that caffeine played a part. Ever since I replaced caffeine with kratom, my blood pressure has been normal.


I have been using kratom as a pre-workout now for a couple of years. It gives me the focus and energy to perform better in the gym. I have been buying a product called VIVAZEN3.

It is a kratom shot with some other herb ingredients (Willow Bark Extract, Valerian Root Extract, California Poppy Aerial Part Extract, Boswellia Serrata Resin Extract, Corydalis Yanhusou Rhizome Extract, Passion Flower Aerial Part Extract). I take one of those just before I go into the gym and it is phenomenal as a pre-workout. Granted, it doesn’t have the same kind of feeling that some pre-workouts have that makes you tingle and the blood vessels dilate, but it allows me to focus and concentrate better, and gives a unique feeling of being relaxed yet peppy.


One thing that I have learned over the years of researching various topics, is that any time that there is a natural product that is safe and effective, it will oftentimes be demonized by the Medical Industrial Complex. There is so much money, power, control, etc., involved in the pharmaceutical industry that they can easily create propaganda campaigns through media to demonize a safe natural product while promoting lab created synthetic substances that create dependency with side effects that eventually lead to the need for more pharma drugs. It happens all the time. Kratom has been demonized by Big Pharma because it has proven time and again to help people recover from opioid addiction. That is a threat to their power and profit. Big Pharma is tied into numerous agendas, and they have the money and power to pay off scientists and researchers to manipulate scientific studies to say whatever they want them to say in the name of “science”. It is more like $cience. I recommend everyone to question everything, even when there are scientific studies and statistics involved.

Pain Relief: Kratom interacts with the bodies opioid receptors, relieving pain and tension. It is a natural analgesic. Users report that kratom helps with pain without having the overwhelming “loopiness” many experience with prescription pain medication.

Addiction: Many utilize kratom to help overcome the struggles of addiction. Whether it’s dealing with withdrawals or not falling back into old habits, kratom eases the difficult transition from addiction to sobriety.

Stress and Anxiety: Stress and anxiety are all too common this day and age. Between traffic, work/life balance, struggling relationships, and the overall hectic-ness, life can be overwhelming. When taking kratom, many report to feel an almost instant sense of relief and peace.1


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